New York Yankee Pinstripes Still Mean A Lot
Did you ever dream about putting on the Yankee pinstripes? The same ones that Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Munson, Jackson, Rivera, Jeter and countless other Major League legends put on? So many of us dreamed of the the moment you would slip on that uniform and have your name and number echo through the walls in the "House that Ruth Built," even though it's a later version, two times removed but who's counting. It's nearly every baseball players' dream at one time or another. It's nice to see that Major League ballplayers feel the same way.
In a very cool article in today's New York Post sports section by beat writer Zach Braziller, he described a story that happened in the New York Yankees locker room long before last night's game. According to Braziller, 90 minutes before the first pitch of the final game of the two game series, journeyman outfielder Ryan LaMarre was dressed in his Yankee pinstripes and ready to go. It meant something to him and later on in the evening, it meant even more.
According to the article, LeMarre said, “[Brett Gardner] was making fun of me because I had my jersey on at 5:30 [p.m.] today,” Hours later, the the 32 year old journeyman sporting a paltry 235 career major league at-bats made the most of his time in pinstripes. Ryan LaMarre’s single over the head of right fielder Brad Miller brought home Gary Sanchez with the winning run in the Yankees’ 6-5, 10-inning victory over the Phillies.
“Not many people obviously get a chance to wear the uniform, let alone get a chance to come through and get a walk-off hit,” LeMarre added in the Post article. “To have moments like these you just try to soak them in and they keep you going honestly. … Any day up here is a good day.”
It's cool to see a big league ballplayer feel the same way as a little league ballplayer. Good for you Ryan.