The question is: Should the New York Yankees retire Joe Girardi’s #27 ?
Well, Manager Joe Girardi has stated that he intends to switch to uniform number 28 this season as motivation for the Yankees journey in pursuit of their 28th World Championship in 2010.
At first, I thought this switch to #28 by Girardi was a bad idea because #27 is now such a special number in Yankees history. And one would think Girardi would always want to treasure the accomplishment of managing the Yankees to their 27th World Championship by proudly wearing that number on the back his Yankee uniform. Also, it is Girardi’s first World Championship as a manager.
But, the reason Girardi chose #27 when he was hired as manager in 2008, was as motivation for the Yankees winning their 27th World Championship. That goal was achieved last year, in the 2009 baseball season.
So, if Joe Girardi follows through on his plan to wear #28 starting in 2010, then: what happens to #27?
The number 27 can never really be given to other Yankee players to wear because of its significance as Joe Girardi’s number, worn during the year the Yankees won their 27th World Championship — their first World Series victory at the new Yankee Stadium.
Since Girardi will now be wearing #28, the only fitting way to properly honor his #27, is to “retire” the number in honor of: Joe Girardi; the Yankees 27th World Championship; and, the first World Championship at the new Yankee Stadium.
The New York Yankees have retired 15 numbers, (honoring 16 players and managers), in their history.
The last Yankee number to be retired was Ron Guidry’s #49 in 2003.
So, in my view, it is about time another Yankee number is retired.
And, why not #27?
Just a thought, on a very cold winter day in the Beautiful Bronx, New York.
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— Jimmy, “BY&L”