You can take the New Yorker out of New York, but you can’t take the New York out of the New Yorker. That axiom comes to mind looking at this Bobby Murcer card from 1975, his first year on the Giants after eight seasons on the Yanks. Murcer sports a Giants cap and jersey (thanks to some airbrushing), but there’s no mistaking the stadium in the background, and it’s telling that he’s listed as an “AL All Star.” No matter where he played, Murcer was a Yankee at heart. Bobby wandered the baseball desert for four and a half years after he was dealt out to Bay City for Bobby Bonds. He returned in June of 79 in a deal with the Cubs for minor leaguer Paul Semall. Just over a month later he had his defining moment in pinstripes, a game winner against O’s after delivering the eulogy for his lost friend Thurman Munson.
On this Opening Day, our best wishes go to Murcer for a speedy recovery. We hope to see him in the Bronx soon.