Bobby Murcer is having brain surgery today in Houston. We wish him a speedy recovery. Murcer has never been our favorite announcer, but by all accounts he’s a nice fellow, a hard worker, and the epitome of the Yankee tradition—the best part of it—despite the fact that he never won a ring with the team. Annointed, unfairly, as the heir apparent to his friend Mickey Mantle, he was unable to live up to the hype, though he had a fine career as a Yankee and elsewhere. For Yankee fans, his most memorable moment may be the walk-off dinger hit in the game immediately following the funeral of Thurman Munson, at which he gave the eulogy. His return and continued presence in the booth illustrate the “Yankee-for-life” ethos that is one of George Steinbrenner’s positive legacies. As an intern at Yankees Magazine in the 80s, I took an elevator ride with him up to the administrative level at the Stadium. He was wearing white pants and a green plaid jacket, and he went out of his way to greet every employee he passed, as if it were second nature. I suppose it was. I’d bet many of those folks, and people like them, are wishing him the best today. Us, too.