Stupid Stuff

Todd Frazier says he grew up a “baseball fan” not rooting for a particular team, but rooting for one player- Paul O’Neill. To that end, he has worn the number 21 on both of his previous teams. (Sidebar, he is from Toms River, NJ, decent chance baseball fan equals Phillies fan, but that’s just a guess.) When he got to the Yankees, he was given the number 29, but said he was going to have a talk with O’Neill about wearing 21 when the Yankees returned home. Now that apparently won’t happen and he will stick to 29, after talking to some “guys”.

This is remarkably dumb. He should wear 21. In fact he is probably the perfect person to wear 21. Paul O’Neill should stop this stupidity and ask for Frazier to wear 21. It’s been SIXTEEN years since O’Neill played and the Yankees have tried once, and only once, to assign 21 to another player. That didn’t go well, but its long past time. And remember, the Yankees had a plaque ceremony for O’Neill a few years ago and didn’t retire the number.

The Yankees have retired way too many numbers. I’ve written about this before, coming up with the “great, but not great enough” category after Andy Pettitte retired for the first time in 2011. Basically, players who are not Hall of Famers get their number placed out of circulation for the same number of years as they played with the Yankees.

Unfortunately, the Yankees recently went the opposite way and retired Posada, Pettitte, and Bernie’s numbers along with the three no-brainers, Jeter, Rivera, and Torre. And that is despite the whole plaque part of the equation. That’s a wonderful compromise for the great, but not great enoughs. Give them a plaque and a ceremony, hold the number out of circulation for awhile, but stop this stupidity. Someone should wear 21 again and soon. The question is, who?