Everyone loves an underdog. That includes even Yankees jerseys fans.
Ironic, isn’t it? This is the fanbase that considers competing for the Wild Card playoff spots mlb jerseys from china a gross disappointment, a veritable insult. This is the fanbase that picks the biggest free agent available during a given offseason, no matter his position, and pines for the front office to hand him one more dollar than the Red Sox jerseys or Dodgers jerseys or Cubs jerseys. While it complains about not landing all just most of the top free agents, this is the fanbase that wonders why it can’t also have the top farm system in the game year in and year out.
But when you ask Yankees jerseys fans what their favorite of all Yankees jerseys teams is, a growing number of them are going to say it’s the 1996 team. That’s the club that started the Yankees jerseys’ great dynasty that made them the team of the 1990s, but it was hardly the one that anyone expected would be a sure fire world champion.
When some of those fans flock to PNC Field on Sunday afternoon for the Father’s Day Legends Game, six members of that 1996 team will be in attendance. They’ll range from tough as nails setup man Jeff Nelson, a right hander who appeared in 73 games during the regular season and seven more in the postseason, to Pat Kelly, a slick fielding second baseman who got into 13 during his injury riddled campaign.
Graeme Lloyd will be there, and the Yankees jerseys might not have been able to navigate the middle of the tough Atlanta Braves jerseys batting order that featured Fred McGriff and Ryan Klesko without him.
Brian Boehringer was a solid long reliever. Scott Kamieniecki, a serviceable starter. Charlie Hayes, the man who caught the famous last out that sealed the deal, squeezing Mark Lemke’s foul pop near the wall and kicking off a wild celebration that helped turn a generation of baseball fans decidedly toward pinstripes and a new era of dominance.
They’ll all be on hand Sunday, and the guess here is that they’ll be as in demand among fans as just about anybody who makes the trip from New York City. Two stars from the ’70s, Reggie Jackson and Mickey Rivers, are Yankee immortals, for sure. Hector Lopez had some big years in the 1960s, and Don Larsen had a moment in time that may never be matched back in the 1950s. But the Yankees jerseys that bred the newest influx of fans come from a different time. A more recent time. A time that is just starting to get settled in as one that produced players deserving of this kind of place in the franchise’s illustrious history.
Events like the Legends Game connect generations. It’s why the Old Timers Game at Yankee Stadium is always so popular. That’s what this one is billed to do, in fact. It’s fathers bringing sons closer to the ballplayers they grew up watching in pinstripes. Only, if you think about it, we’re getting to the point where the players we have known for years as legends are being pushed further and further into the past.
Think about it: Jackson took his last Herculean cut in October 1987. That means, there are 27 year olds who were not born when he last played. Difficult to fathom for those of us who still remember the taste of a Reggie Bar.
Those 27 year olds had to root for somebody as they grew up. If they were Yankees jerseys fans, they cheered on Bernie Williams and Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera and the guys like Nelson and Lloyd and Boehringer who helped them become immortals.
That’s what the Legends Game is bringing to the area, though. Pieces of history. And not all of it is gray around the temples.