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Thursday, August 04, 2011
Long Live Walter Johnson!
I know what you’re thinking: “What’s wrong with you? Surely you know that Johnson never wore a number as a player.“True. But he did wear a number - in fact two numbers - as a manager, 23 and 25. One of those would do the trick.
I’ve heard some fans insist that the Twins should be the team to retire his number, since the Minnesota franchise is the original Washington American League ballclub. Johnson, though, never played for the Twins; I’m not altogether certain he ever set foot in the state.
...The day will eventually come when a Nationals’ star has his uniform number retired by the club and hung prominently inside the park. The franchise re-issued the numbers that had been retired in Montreal, since those players had no connection - no games played - in Washington. Why wait 15-20 years to honor an individual from the 21st century when there are a few 20th century stalwarts deserving of recognition?
for his generous support.
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