Friday, January 17, 2014
What Other Number Are The Yankees Going To Retire This Year?
Not everything Hal had to say at the owners' meeting earlier this week was A-Rod-related. One of the more fun talking points that came up in his media session was the implication that the Yankees could be retiring multiple numbers this season. With Joe Torre getting elected to the HOF, it's obvious that his #6 will be going out to Monument and that day and ceremony at The Stadium will be awesome. Hal's statement on the eventual date left the door open for somebody else to join him:
“We’re going to figure out just who. He may not be the only one. We haven’t gotten into it yet.”
So who's the other lucky duck? The players who make the most sense are Andy Pettitte, Paul O'Neill, Bernie Williams, and Jorge Posada. Pettitte and Jorge haven't been retired long enough to have their numbers retired, although it's obvious the team is going to retire them at some point down the road. O'Neill, as much as I love him, wasn't a lifelong Yankee and wasn't a homegrown Yankee, so I'd be surprised if he got the honor before the other guys.
That leaves Bernie. Homegrown, 16-year career, all in pinstripes, 4 WS titles, has been retired for almost 10 years now, and has had his number 51 out of circulation since he retired. That's basically the perfect resume for Monument Park. If the Yankees are serious about adding another honoree with Torre this year, I think it'll end up being Bernie.