Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Farewell Scooter

Today I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former Yankee and baseball Hall of Famer Phil Rizzuto. Though his playing days were certainly far, far before my time, he has always been one of the first players that come to mind when listing famous Yankees. While his career numbers were not jaw dropping by any stretch (though he did win the AL MVP in 1950 and participate in 5 All-Star games), the way he carried himself on and off the field as well as in the press box as an announcer commanded plenty of respect. My earliest memories of watching Yankee games consist of Phil Rizzuto shouting "Holy cow!" after a great play. Unfortunately, nobody will hear him speak those famous words again. George Steinbrenner put it best saying "I guess heaven needed a shortstop." Heaven could not have found a better person to put on their team.

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