I’m sure it’s a direct result of a memory that leads to great success long term, and not a whole lot of success remembering to do a chore or what I ate on that given day.
I’ve found myself wanting to relive those great moments, those great times and even some moments that have made me sad from a sports standpoint.
This week on my show on WFAN, I was inspired by The Wave’s Mark Healey, the author of a new book “Gotham Baseball, NYs All Time Team” to put together my own all time team.
Now, unlike Mr. Healey, I will be breaking down the Yankees and the Mets individually over the next two weeks.
Some decisions are easy, some others can be very challenging.
So as we await word on if and when there will be a baseball season in 2020, here are some names to debate while in self-isolation.
JJ’s All Time Yankees Team
C: Yogi Berra - 18-Time All Star, 10-Time Champion
1B: Lou Gehrig - Career .340 Batting Average, Triple Crown & Two-Time MVP
2B: Robinson Cano - As a Yankee, Seven Years With a Batting Average of .300 or Better, Five-Time All Star.
SS: Derek Jeter - The Captain, Enough Said
3B: Alex Rodriguez - As a Yankee, Two-Time MVP, 2009 WS Champion & (Steroids Aside) One of the Most Accomplished Players in the History of the Game.
OF: Babe Ruth - The Babe, Enough said.
OF: Joe DiMaggio - The Yankee Clipper. 13-Time All Star, 56-Game Hitting Streak.
OF: Mickey Mantle - The Mick, 20-Time All Star, 1956 Triple Crown
DH: Don Mattingly - MVP, Batting Title & Six-Time All Star
SP: Whitey Ford - Best Yankees Starting Pitcher Ever
SP: Andy Pettitte - Five-Time World Champion, 103 games over .500
SP: Ron Guidry - Four-Time All Star, Two-Time World Champion & a Season for the Ages in ‘78
SP: Mel Stottelmeyer - The Most Underappreciated Pitcher the Yankees Have Ever Had
SP: CC Sabathia: Future HOF, Warrior
RP: Mariano Rivera - Enter Sandman.
My toughest call as Mattingly over Reggie Jackson, Roger Maris and Dave Winfield as DH.
Why Mattingly? Longevity. Compared to anybody else mentioned in this group, he had the longest career as a Yankee. Plus, as the face of the franchise of those 80’s teams with an MVP and a batting title, he earned the final spot in the every day lineup.
I couldn’t imagine pitching to that lineup. If only there was a way to recreate that team in their prime on the field together.
I guess we’ll all have to dare to dream!
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