Welcome to the weekend. We’ll have some Yankee blogs ahead from Andrés and Cooper considering Jay Bruce and Keone Kela as low-risk depth additions. Later on, Jake will take a closer look at the strategy behind Corey Kluber and the apparent pitching strategy, and Matt will dive into the Yankees’ history of signing former Cy Young Award winners.
I did want to take a moment to remember Atlanta legend Henry Aaron, who passed away yesterday morning. It understandably took over the baseball news cycle for the day, as Aaron truly represented the best that the sport has ever had to offer, both on and off the field. He was the non-Yankee who I read about the most as I grew up as a young baseball fan, just because I loved his story so much. Aaron was just so damn talented.
"I wish our team, our players, would look at the back of that baseball card cause it's stupid." - Brian Snitker on Hank Aaron. pic.twitter.com/ejxFOFZ5ab— Hannah Keyser (@HannahRKeyser) January 22, 2021
It was such a crime that racism robbed him of true contentment on the field, and Aaron feared for his life even while passing Babe Ruth on the all-time home run list in 1974. Thankfully, he was generous enough to remain a valuable ambassador for the game for many years until his passing.
Here is a rare footage of @HenryLouisAaron participating in HR derby against #KBO stars back in 1982. It was #KBO’s inaugural season, and as you can see, he really loved baseball/fans. When nobody paid attention to #KBO, he took a 17 hour flight to meet Korean players/fans. #RIP pic.twitter.com/wsAH9qkru1— Daniel Kim 대니얼 김 (@DanielKimW) January 22, 2021
Rest in peace, Hammerin’ Hank.
- Do you have a favorite Henry Aaron story or fun fact to share?
- In more current baseball news, the Padres signed Jurickson Profar to a three-year, $21 million contract while the Red Sox inked Kiké Hernández to a two-year, $14 million deal. Which player would you rather have?