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Monday, June 25, 2012

Yankees Announce Lineup For 66th Old Timers’ Day

WTF…no Roger Clemens? This and an empty bag of moschittos…

The New York Yankees have announced that nearly 50 former Yankees will attend the 66th annual Old Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, July 1st. The YES Network will air the ceremonies, which are scheduled to begin at 11:15 a.m., as well as the Old Timers’ Game which is set to follow. The Yankees will then host the Chicago White Sox at 2:05 p.m. Ticket-holding guests will be allowed to enter the stadium at 10 a.m.

Highlighting the Old-Timers roster are Hall of Famers Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Rich “Goose” Gossage, Ricky Henderson, and Reggie Jackson. YES broadcasters David Cone, Lou Piniella and Paul O’Neill will be joining the other former Yankees on the roster.

Former managers, Joe Torre and current Special Assistant to the GM, Stump Merrill, will also highlight the lineup.  This will mark Merrill’s first Old Timers’ Day. Former trainer Gene Monohan is attending his first Old Timers’ Day as well. Monohan retired last year after 49 years with the Yankees organization.

Repoz Posted: June 25, 2012 at 12:44 PM | 40 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Guapo Posted: June 25, 2012 at 12:58 PM (#4165706)
Wow, Tanyon Sturtze is an oldtimer?
   2. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: June 25, 2012 at 01:02 PM (#4165710)
Wow, Tanyon Sturtze is an oldtimer?

he's no Homer Bush, that's for sure
   3. TVerik. Old Java Rodney. Posted: June 25, 2012 at 01:16 PM (#4165724)
I wonder if there's been internal pressure in the boardroom to rename the festivities. "Old Timers' Day" could be perceived by some thin-skinners as offensive.

I'm glad the Yankees are holding firm on the infernal corporate naming rights. "Taco Bell presents Old Timer's Day" just doesn't have the same ring.
   4. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: June 25, 2012 at 01:17 PM (#4165727)
I like that Elston Howard's and Billy Martin's family members are listed. That is classy. (I am assuming that is who Arlene Howard and Jill Martin are).
   5. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: June 25, 2012 at 01:17 PM (#4165728)
Ol' Tanyon remains just one of 10 men to ever start on Opening Day for the Rays! A little Google searching reveals that these days he apparently works as an insurance broker, although mostly it seems to be him glad-handing clients.
   6. Swedish Chef Posted: June 25, 2012 at 01:25 PM (#4165734)
although mostly it seems to be him glad-handing clients.

He doesn't have the stuff to be a closer.
   7. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: June 25, 2012 at 01:25 PM (#4165736)
Tanyon Sturtze is coming back! Oh, my goodness gracious! Of all the dramatic things I've ever seen!
   8. GuyMcGuffin Posted: June 25, 2012 at 01:30 PM (#4165739)
I expect Jose Canseco to crash this event like Willie Mays Hayes did Indians spring training.
   9. TVerik. Old Java Rodney. Posted: June 25, 2012 at 01:31 PM (#4165741)
I wonder if Matt Nokes has learned how to catch since he left the Yankees?
   10. ThisElevatorIsDrivingMeUpTheWall Posted: June 25, 2012 at 01:32 PM (#4165743)
The Yankees should pick up and release Jamie Moyer in time to play.
   11. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: June 25, 2012 at 01:51 PM (#4165754)
I like that Elston Howard's and Billy Martin's family members are listed. That is classy. (I am assuming that is who Arlene Howard and Jill Martin are).

Either that or two of Mickey Mantle's illegitimate children.
   12. Srul Itza Posted: June 25, 2012 at 01:54 PM (#4165758)
Tanyon Sturtze is coming back!


Is he real? I thought he was Keyser Söze.
   13. , Posted: June 25, 2012 at 02:08 PM (#4165769)
Haven't RTFA but I assume Jeter at SS and A-Rod at 3B?
   14. Random Transaction Generator Posted: June 25, 2012 at 02:21 PM (#4165780)
I expect Jose Canseco to crash this event like Willie Mays Hayes did Indians spring training.


If someone creates a Kickstarter campaign to pay for his plane ticket to do that, I'd chip in $5.
   15. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 25, 2012 at 03:02 PM (#4165810)
I like that Elston Howard's and Billy Martin's family members are listed. That is classy.

Also listed are the widows of Thurman Munson, Bobby Murcer & Catfish Hunter.

IIRC, the Yankees are the only team that is still doing Old Timers Day. I can understand maybe the Rays passing on this, but for teams that have a real history, it seems a no-brainer. That's not to say that it is a guaranteed money maker, since you have to draw enough to offset the Old Timers' hotel and airfare, but that shouldn't be all that difficult.
   16. ecwcat Posted: June 25, 2012 at 04:44 PM (#4165896)
bunyon Posted Haven't RTFA but I assume Jeter at SS and A-Rod at 3B?


Nah, it'll be your moms.
   17. Srul Itza Posted: June 25, 2012 at 06:48 PM (#4165997)
IIRC, the Yankees are the only team that is still doing Old Timers Day. I can understand maybe the Rays passing on this, but for teams that have a real history, it seems a no-brainer.


I disagree, respectfully. Old Timer's Day is a tradition associate with the Yankees, or at least more associated with the Yankees than any other team. Let the other teams find or start their own traditions.

   18. TVerik. Old Java Rodney. Posted: June 25, 2012 at 06:51 PM (#4165998)
Weren't there multiple franchises with OTDs years ago?
   19. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: June 25, 2012 at 07:09 PM (#4166010)
Back when I was a casual fan I was confused by why most teams didn't have Old Timer's Day, even those with lots of beloved old timers. For a while I assumed they all had one and it was just the media bias that acted like only the Yankee one was a big deal. It certainly doesn't seem like the sort of thing that only one team could do.
   20. Bruce Markusen Posted: June 25, 2012 at 07:10 PM (#4166012)
Many teams used to do Old-Timers' games. The Mets had it as a long-running tradition until a few years back.

Most teams have stopped doing it for two reasons: a) it's an expensive promotion to run, given the cost of bringing all those former players back and b) it takes a lot of hard work and planning.

It's a lot easier just to have a bobblehead day, rather than do all of the leg work involved in staging what is essentially a large reunion. A lot of teams just don't want to make the effort anymore.
   21. JJ1986 Posted: June 25, 2012 at 07:12 PM (#4166017)
The Mets had it as a long-running tradition until a few years back.


There aren't many Brooklyn Dodgers around anymore.
   22. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: June 25, 2012 at 07:12 PM (#4166018)
Obviously someone like Tom Gordon isn't going to want to go to eight Old Timer's Days a year in different cities, but every team has a bunch of players that the fans would like to see again. And they keep coming in to throw ceremonial first pitches or be honored on Historical Bobblehead Day, so why not make a big deal out of them once a year?
   23. Bourbon Samurai, what price fettucine? Posted: June 25, 2012 at 07:17 PM (#4166023)

If someone creates a Kickstarter campaign to pay for his plane ticket to do that, I'd chip in $5.


I'm not sure that is the best use of a "get Jose Canseco to do X" kickstarter.
   24. TerpNats Posted: June 25, 2012 at 07:23 PM (#4166034)
IIRC, the Yankees are the only team that is still doing Old Timers Day. I can understand maybe the Rays passing on this, but for teams that have a real history, it seems a no-brainer. That's not to say that it is a guaranteed money maker, since you have to draw enough to offset the Old Timers' hotel and airfare, but that shouldn't be all that difficult.
It's the high holy day of the Yankee calendar, a day when, as Fran Healy once said, "all the bubble gum cards come to life."

But I do concur that the pre-1993 franchises should do Old Timers festivities. Make younger fans aware of your past, in person. (One of my favorite baseball memories came in the first game I ever saw at Dodger Stadium, Old Timers day in 1989. Wally Moon came up to bat, and to replicate the Los Angeles Coliseum "Moon shot" screen he made famous, time was called and a batting practice pitcher's screen was put in medium left center. So what does Moon do? He singles to right.)
   25. TVerik. Old Java Rodney. Posted: June 25, 2012 at 07:52 PM (#4166075)
It's a lot easier just to have a bobblehead day, rather than do all of the leg work involved in staging what is essentially a large reunion. A lot of teams just don't want to make the effort anymore.


I don't have the attendance figures broken down that way, but I've attended more OTDs at Yankee Stadium than regular games. My grandfather (who saw Babe Ruth play), my father (who saw Mickey Mantle play), and I would make a big thing of it every year and travel from Jersey.

I would assume that OTD puts more butts in the seats than a bobblehead day. And I'm sure the concessionaires love it; the park is filled for like two hours longer than a regular date.
   26. willcarrolldoesnotsuk Posted: June 25, 2012 at 07:55 PM (#4166078)
Rickey can steal on Diana Munson anytime Rickey wants.
   27. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 25, 2012 at 08:24 PM (#4166112)
I would assume that OTD puts more butts in the seats than a bobblehead day. And I'm sure the concessionaires love it; the park is filled for like two hours longer than a regular date.

The ceremony and Old Timers Game are also televised, presenting additional commercial opportunities.

Beyond the bottom line for OTD, it also strengthens the brand, tying the present team to past success and appealing to multiple generations; thus enhancing the revenue stream for other games.
   28. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: June 25, 2012 at 08:40 PM (#4166141)
What do you think draw fans more to an OTG?:

1) Living Hall of Famers (Reggie)
2) Really good players who didn't make the HOF, but are a big part of one's childhood memories (Murcer, Randolph)
3) Crappy players who make you say, "That's find of fun" (Tanyon Sturze)

I actually kind of like #2 the best, because you can follow the HOFers pretty easily, and the crappy players are fun for about two minutes. It's the really good players who don't become immortalized that bring back the best memories for me (as a Red Sox fan, seeing Fred Lynn and Dwight Evans sand next to each other in the outfield would be pretty cool).
   29. Bruce Markusen Posted: June 25, 2012 at 08:42 PM (#4166142)
Never in my wildest dreams did I think Sterling Hitchcock would be invited back for an Old-Timers' Day.

I see that Rusty Torres and Chad Curtis did not make the invite list.
   30. TVerik. Old Java Rodney. Posted: June 25, 2012 at 08:57 PM (#4166161)
I'll bet that Jeter takes the Joe Dimaggio route, being introduced last and dressing in a suit at each OTD until he's ninety.

That having been said, I think Rivera might get even bigger rounds of applause.
   31. TVerik. Old Java Rodney. Posted: June 25, 2012 at 09:00 PM (#4166167)
Also, I'd be a little bit surprised if Posada doesn't make an appearance this year.
   32. TerpNats Posted: June 25, 2012 at 09:02 PM (#4166169)
Over the years, the Yankees try to occasionally invite players who might not have had great careers in the Bronx, but had a golden moment. For example, Frank Fernandez, a catcher whose homer was the game's only run on Opening Day vs. the Angels in 1968, or Jack Reed, who hit just one home run in the majors -- but it won a 22-inning game at Detroit in 1962.
   33. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 25, 2012 at 09:18 PM (#4166194)
I'll bet that Jeter takes the Joe Dimaggio route, being introduced last and dressing in a suit at each OTD until he's ninety. That having been said, I think Rivera might get even bigger rounds of applause.

I remember (as young fellow) watching DiMaggio play in the OTGs - still gliding gracefully in centerfield. Never saw him play in regular games, but you could tell you were watching something special. Seeing Jeter at SS one more time may be similar - but how long will he be able to do that jump-throw?
   34. Tom Nawrocki Posted: June 25, 2012 at 09:19 PM (#4166196)

I see that Rusty Torres and Chad Curtis did not make the invite list.


Chad Curtis is too busy getting invited to prison.
   35. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 25, 2012 at 09:21 PM (#4166198)
Weren't there multiple franchises with OTDs years ago?

I'm sure that there were sporadic OTDs going back at least 100 years that involved players who were active well back into the 19th century. I do know that in 1932 the Senators staged an August "Bicentennial game" (for George Washington's birthday year) that featured the 1932 Nats against the World Champs of 1924. And I definitely remember several OTDs in Griffith Stadium in the 1950's.
   36. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 25, 2012 at 09:28 PM (#4166205)
Jack Reed, who hit just one home run in the majors -- but it won a 22-inning game at Detroit in 1962.

50 years from last Friday, to be exact. The Yanks scored 6 in the first, the Tigers eventually tied it in the 6th, and Reed's 2-run homer in the 22nd inning was his only home run of his ML career. Jim Bouton pitched 3-hit ball over the last 7 innings to pick up his second ML win, and Rocky Colavito went 7 for 10 in the loss.
   37. McCoy Posted: June 25, 2012 at 09:33 PM (#4166209)
Weren't there multiple franchises with OTDs years ago?

Nah, that was just the Giants regular team and the Cubs front office and staff.
   38. McCoy Posted: June 25, 2012 at 09:45 PM (#4166218)
Seems the Braves did it, the Cubs did it, even the Mets in the early 60's did it, the Cubs they even played against JoeD and a bunch of HoF'ers and held a game featuring the 1945 Tigers vs the 1945 Cubs. I think almost every single team did it pretty regularly for awhile but that if fell by the wayside for most teams.
   39. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: June 25, 2012 at 10:12 PM (#4166235)
I'll bet that Jeter takes the Joe Dimaggio route

world's greatest living calm eyes
   40. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 25, 2012 at 11:44 PM (#4166286)
I do know that in 1932 the Senators staged an August "Bicentennial game" (for George Washington's birthday year) that featured the 1932 Nats against the World Champs of 1924.

Were you there or did you listen on the wireless? [j/k]

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