Kissing Contest

Kay and Singleton competing right now to see who can smooch a Yankees old-timer’s ass with more seeming sincerity. It started with a visit by Yogi Berra. No disrespect to Yogi, but his comments were impossible to understand, and by that I don’t mean malapropistic or ironic, but simply garbled. Does Yogi know how to use vowels? Even so, Mike and Ken felt the need to guffaw at every word, however unrecognizable as english.

At the moment, Joe Pepitone is blabbering, channeling Sylvio Dante, Joey Pants, and Paulie Walnuts, claiming that he had the first-ever blow drier in the Yankees clubhouse. Maybe so, but Pepitone clearly has something artificial peeking out from the ridiculously high hat he’s got on his melon. Do you have to blow-dry a weave?

4 comments… add one
  • Old Timers Day has its sacharine moments and absurdities (Kevin Maas?), but SF’s attacks on Yogi Berra, who’s understandably a bit delicate in his 79th year, and Ken Singleton, who is nothing if not a gentleman, seem grossly unfair to me. Yes, Reggie was his egocentric self while giving color commentary, but it would take a hard heart indeed not to be moved by the tribute to Thurman Munson, not to mention the warm reception for such stalwarts as the Scooter and Donnie Baseball.

    YF July 11, 2004, 1:04 am
  • Hey, I don’t want to come off as mocking the infirm, so my apologies to Yogi. But Singleton and Kay were unbearable.
    As for Thurman, I remember being at my second year of summer camp, and the baseball coach, Brian Covell, ran up to pre-dinner flag-lowering, saying “Thurman Munson died in a place crash”, and all of us, Sox and Yanks fans alike, were dumbfounded and saddened. Even at 11 I wasn’t willing to root for the deaths of our rivals. (knee injuries, maybe). But Munson’s death is forever etched in my memories, and I won’t ever forget that moment. He was Carlton Fisk’s doppleganger, and since Fisk was my favorite player, Munson was my nemesis, the worthiest there ever could have been.

    SF July 11, 2004, 9:06 am
  • Oh give me a break. It was an old-timers day game – not the World Series. Singleton and Kay were just fine thank you. The sad part for me was seeing how old the players I rooted for as a youth looked. Hank Bauer, Moose Skoworon, and Whitey Ford all looked very old. Seeing Yogi and Phil wasn’t as surprising as they have been around the team more recently. But it sure was fun seeing those guys again. The problem was they looked like my uncle Nat sitting around the condo pool in Florida bullshitting about their yourthful deeds and playing pinochle. The only difference of course was that these guys truely had deeds to remember.
    Does Boston have an old-timers day or do they prefer to wipe from memory those past heroes who never could quite get it done?

    bronxborn July 11, 2004, 5:13 pm
  • I think the Sox have a fan appreciation day, but I am not sure about an old-timers’ day. And despite what BB says in the previous comment, us Sox fans have looooong memories. This is one of our (collective) qualities, in fact. We don’t forget these people, and we don’t really hold grudges against those who failed – even Bill Buckner had a memorable return to Boston at the end of his career; he was warmly received for his efforts and a lasting memory of mine will be a hobbling inside-the-park-homer in his last days.
    In Boston, grudges are reserved for those who desert under duress, who move on to demean, intentional or not, those fans who devotedly put up with such failure (see Clemens, Roger, and Boggs, Wade).
    Managers not included, of course.

    SF July 11, 2004, 5:40 pm

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