Friday, May 23, 2014
Posted by el duque at 8:44 AM
1. George Herman
2. Lawrence Peter
3. Mickey Charles
4. Derek Sanderson
5. Bucky F---g.
OK, delete number five. Still, you with me? Hardly any Yankees - even the greats - get immortalized by middle names. Don Mattlingly? Haven't a clue. Mariano Rivera? He still needs to shoot a president.
So... how did John Ryan Murphy do it? Why isn't he just John Murphy? Yes, it's sort of a common name, but it's no Jose Cruz. According to Baseball Reference, there are three John Murphys in MLB history, including John "Soldier Boy" Murphy, the scrappy 5'7" inch infielder who played for the Tigers and Cardinals in 1902-03. His middle name was Patrick.
So what happened with John Ryan Murphy? He came up last season as J.R. Murphy - a cool name, which stands for "Junior" in some circles, and the TV show "Dallas" in others. Last fall, it was J.R. Murphy who walked out to the mound for Mariano Rivera's final moment as a Yankee. Last year, it was J.R. Murphy who came up from Scranton to represent the lone Yankee prospect ready to climb up from the diseased primordial pool of our farm system. But this year, he is John Ryan Murphy.
Did he shoot somebody? Did I miss something? What happened?
My guess: His mom called. Or an aunt. She called Hal Steinbrenner, or Rupert Murdoch, or Cashman, or even The Master, and reamed them out. Maybe she was drunk. She screamed at them. She cried. They cowered. They apologized. They pushed out a memo. And now we have a middle name - a Yankee rarity - which I hope the team takes into consideration during trade talks next month. Because if I were another team, and I were dangling a thirty-something rag-armed starter, a guy whose middle name we will never bother to consider, then John Ryan Murphy would be the young Yankee I wanted in exchange.
I hope it never happens. Lets hope Theo Epstein decides it's not worth it to get John Ryan Murphy, because he doesn't want to deal with the phone calls.