Thursday, October 17, 2019

"And yet, he persisted."

Great moments in Yankees history:

Babe Ruth:  I just spent the night in a brothel, drinking all the beer and bootleg whiskey my gut could hold.  Let's play two!

Lou Gehrig:  I will stay in the lineup until I am literally dying.

Joe DiMaggio:  I hadn't played in months, and my heel felt like it was full of burning hot needles every time I took a step.  Then one day it felt better, so I went out and took batting practice until my hands were bloody.  The next day, I went up to Boston on the afternoon flight and chalked up 4 homers and 9 ribbies in 3 games, turning around the whole season.  While a plane flew overhead with a banner reading, "The Great DiMaggio."

Yogi Berra:  After DiMag criticized my work ethic, I caught 140-150 games in 5 seasons out of six.

Mickey Mantle:  Sometimes I would amuse my teammates by showing them how many ways I could turn my knee around.  Another time, I let them look down into my leg while it was being taped and they swore they could see the bone, and then there was that torn ACL they never did repair.  But hey, I'd have them wrap both legs from ankle to thigh then go out and hit another tape-measure home run or something.

Whitey Ford:  My last couple full seasons, I couldn't always feel my fingers.  Or occasionally my pitching arm.  But I still went 17-6 and 16-13.

Reggie Jackson:  My psycho manager benched me, humiliated me, and turned the whole city against me.  My teammates shunned me and fans harassed me.  But when I got my turn, I handed in a couple of the greatest postseasons ever.

Derek Jeter:  In one World Series game, I stayed in even though I thought my ankle was broken.  In a later playoff game, I stayed in until it was broken.

Alex Rodriguez:  Everybody hated me, and blamed me for everything.  But I hung in to win two MVPs and lead us to our last World Series title.  Ten years ago.

Mariano Rivera:  In the last game of that 2009 World Series, I had such a bad oblique pull that it even hurt to laugh, and I was sneaking a heating pad under my shirt in the bullpen.  I was sure that if the game went any longer, I couldn't go on.  So I got the last out.

Giancarlo Stanton:  I have a strain.

James Paxton:  My bottom hurts.





13 comments:

13bit said...

Hoss, thank you. This post filled me with joy and contempt at the same time.

HoraceClarke66 said...

That's what we aim for!

Ken of Brooklyn said...

Excellent work Hoss, they built them tough back then!
Revving up for some old time old school Super Sonic mega mega Juju TONIGHT!

DHedgepeth said...

Nice job HoraceClarke66.

Alphonso said...

.....for the times they are a changing.....

I am not remotely surprised that Boone has not dumped Stanton for a real player.

Word came down from " I'm not cheap" Hal, no doubt.

Hal had urged the deal for Stanton, and now cannot face the consequences of $300 million pissed away until 2027. The guy is a bum and will ever remain so.

ranger_lp said...

But..but...but Boonie said there was improvement in Stanton's running...he can now run to first base from home plate in 2 days instead of 3 days.

Rufus T. Firefly said...

I am afraid I may not make the deadline. Already started with the Bombay Sapphire martini.

May have too much, too early. I'll drink the cognac for breakfast if I have to. You know, taking one for the team.

Rufus T. Firefly said...

And Hoss:

Joy and Contempt are your middle names!

Rufus T. Firefly said...

And I think they're dancers as well. Humina humina.

Anonymous said...

And Hicks is batting third tonight. I feel sick.

Anonymous said...

Thumbs up emoji

ranger_lp said...

Started with a Stone IPA...good stuff BTW...

HoraceClarke66 said...

Indeed, Rufus!