Sunday, June 26, 2011

A Very Special Guest At Old Timers' Day Today

The Bombers look to close out another series win today on Old Timers' Day, a Yankee Stadium tradition that is always cool for the fans.  The list of guys coming back to participate is a long and decorated one, and you can find the entire list right here, but there is one first timer in particular who is going to be the center of attention today as he makes his return to the park and the team that made his career.

That's right, ladies and gentlemen, Clay Bellinger returns to The Stadium today.  Back to the place where he made his name as a .193/.257/.363 career hitter with 12 HR during the late 90s and early 2000s on his way to 2 World Series championships.  To say he was a key cog to the World Series-winning teams of '99 and 2000 would be a vast understatement, as it was Bellinger's 69 wRC+ and 0.2 WAR in 200+ plate appearances that drove the team to victory in the Subway Series in 2000.  To have Clay step foot on the grass of the new Stadium is a perfect way to tie a bow on his great career and it should be a great experience for all the young fans who don't remember his heydays.

Oh yeah, Joe Torre and Bernie Williams are coming back to participate for the first time today too.  But who cares about that, right?