Sunday, January 25, 2015

When they mess up, they're always "former Yankees"

Ted Lilly pitched for 15 years, most of the time in the National League. He pitched four years for the Dodgers and four for the Cubs. He twice made the All-Star team. He pitched less than three years for the Yankees - including his rookie year (a full 8 innings, he threw), and midway through his final Yankee year, he was traded to Oakland. In other words, as a Yankee, he was a blip.
So he gets in trouble, and now he's "Former Yankee pitcher Ted Lilly."

We can't win.

*Note: Lilly did one thing that will forever endear him to pinstripes. When the Angels plunked Derek Jeter, Lilly responded by drilling Scott Spezio in the head. That ended the dispute. And we never should have traded him.


Anonymous said...

I hear you. Wonder if on the west coast they're saying "former Dodger pitcher . . ." Nah.

BernBabyBern said...

This is just the latest. My personal favorite was the recent "former Yankee Rusty Torres convicte of child abuse" headlines just a couple years ago.

Rusty Torres' career games:

- Indians, 230
- Angels, 178
- White Sox, 106
- Yankees, 89
- Royals, 51

If he's won a humanitarian award, the headline would have read "Former Royal ..."

- B3

BernBabyBern said...

Oops. Meant to write that Rusty Torres was a couple months ago, not a couple years ago.