Baseball is a game full of superstitious players. From pre-game meals, musical choices and parking spots to the unapparent choice of undergarments, hitting streaks, scoreless innings and batting slumps have made Major League ballplayers do some pretty weird things to keep or change their luck. Just ask a New York Yankees legend and Hall of Famer.
On Tuesday, left-handed pitcher Jordan Montgomery was traded by the New York Yankees to the St. Louis Cardinals. The Pinstripes organization is the only baseball family that the 29 year-old ever knew. In return for Montgomery, general manager Brian Cashman acquired the Gold Glove centerfielder that he desired for his playoff run, Harrison Bader. In a strange turn of events, the 28 year-old Bader is coming home to his family in New York, which happens to be a group of Yankees fans.
New York Yankees Hall of Famer Derek Jeter owns a World Series ring for every finger on one hand. #2 is unquestionably one of the greatest champions of all time. But how much did Yankees fans get to know their "Captain"? Jeter has always been a very private and measured person. The Pinstripes faithful struggled to get an inside look at their beloved shortstop. That changes on Monday.
New York and Florida have always seemed to have a strong connection, especially amongst part-time residents of each state. When New York Yankees Hall of Fame shortstop, Derek Jeter became a part-owner and CEO of the Miami Marlins franchise, many thought that connection was perfect for the struggling franchise waiting to take off with new ownership. Many, including myself, were wrong about that.
It's been five years since #2 has been back home at The Stadium. Things have certainly been tumultuous for the Hall of Fame shortstop over the last month, following his resignation as President of the Miami Marlins. However, some home cookin' in September will probably make things a little better.