The question posed recently whether Derek Jeter should be considered as part of the Yankees’ Mt. Rushmore piqued my interest. Not really the Jeter-Yankees part, but the idea that teams should have their own Mt. Rushmores. Who are the four individuals that have risen above all others for each organization? The question sounds simple. Even two guys sitting in a bar can figure that out, right? Not so fast. Let the arguments begin.
Baltimore Orioles Mt. Rushmore
Born as the Milwaukee Brewers in 1901, the franchise moved to St. Louis as the Browns in 1902 and has been in Baltimore since 1954. The successful portion has been in Baltimore. Over 52 seasons in St. Louis, there were only 12 winning seasons and eight painful 100-loss years.
I suspect there may be as little debate over these selections as any team.
It could be argued that Ripken may even be on the MLB Mt. Rushmore. Not so much for his performance — although his numbers are Hall of Fame worthy — but for what he meant to the game at a time baseball needed something spectacular. After the debacle of wiping out the 1994 postseason, Ripken captivated fans all over with his tendency to show up and play every day.
I can’t imagine a third baseman winning 16 consecutive Gold Glove awards. While that may not be an acceptable way to measure defensive greatness, it does mean some measure of respect among peers. He could also hit. Brooks finished in the top 3 in MVP voting four times, winning the award in 1964.
Many women may remember Palmer for his famous Jockey underwear ads, but he was the definition of ace. He won 20 games for the Orioles in eight of nine seasons, missing only an injury-marred 1974 season. He tossed a shutout in the World Series as a 20-year-old facing Sandy Koufax in 1966, and went on to win World Series games in the next two decades.
He was quiet and steady. For five consecutive seasons from 1981-85, Murray finished in the top 5 for the MVP award, but never winning it. Only Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Murray can claim 3,000 hits, 500 home runs and 1,900 RBIs.
There really is little argument here. Frank Robinson is a name that will come up immediately. He won an MVP, triple crown and was part of four pennants and two World Series champions. But his time and production in Baltimore just don’t measure up to the others.
Earl Weaver deserves mention, for sure. He led the O’s to six division titles, four pennants, two World Series championships and won 100 games on five occasions.
The best the St. Louis era could offer was George Sisler. Gorgeous George hit .344 and racked up 2,295 hits in 1,647 games that spanned 12 seasons with the Browns.
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I was trying to identify who the midseason candidates for the postseason awards have been for the past few years. Beginning with Cy Young, I looked at the All-Star Game starters. Not a great place, but generally the All-Star starters are at least in the discussion at the break for the Cy Young award.
Which MLB teams have spent the smartest over the last ten years?
“You’ve got to spend money to make money.” It’s a phrase that’s made millions of businesspeople rich. It’s also a motto that’s had millions of others moving back in with their parents, or possibly into refrigerator boxes.
This Yanks tattoo would fall in the "Best" category. It would also fall in the "Oh My God, What Have You Done To Your Back?" category.
JR Smith Is A Yankees Fan
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Notorious basketball player J.R. Smith is clearly a big Yankees fan. For a second, I also thought he was the world's biggest Nick Swisher fan. (But he's actually just a fan of swishing the ball.)
Chest Bump, Anyone?
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Someone may want to spend a little more time on push-ups than skin ink.
A Subtle Beantown Beatdown
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If you look closely you can see that the gum the Red Sox player is stepping on is a Yankees logo. But this is a cop out. If you're going to go to the effort of getting an anti-Yankees tattoo, you don't want people to think you just hate gum.
Let Me Guess, Yankees Fan?
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The problem with getting tattoos of living players is what happens if it comes out that Mariano Rivera eats children or Derek Jeter is a cross dresser. Then you're stuck with a child-eating cross-dresser on your back. My advice: only get tattoos of dead people.
Joe DiMaggio Lives On
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I bet whenever this guy hears the song Mrs. Robinson, he answers the line "Joltin' Joe where have you gone?" with "He's right here on my calf."
The Chosen One!
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This little guy has either the world's greatest birth mark or is the only person to actually be born a Yankee fan. I'm going with both options.*
*Yes, we know this is fake.
Marilyn Monroe Yankees Tattoo
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Who is impressed by this? Your wife? No. Your friends? I hope not? Your cell mate who gave it to you? Probably.
The Face of the Franchise
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I think this image is pretty self-explanatory. Let's just move on.
Back For More
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Now that the back's full, does he put Jeter and Rivera on his ass or do they go on his stomach? This man has some big decisions ahead of him.
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This would be ironic if Yankee Stadium burned down. Just sayin'.
Shouldering The Load
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I'm guessing this photo was also accompanied by the words, "Sir, why have you taken your shirt off in the trophy room?"
The New York Yankees are a hallowed baseball franchise. Which means they have a lot of fans. Some of those fans like to commemorate their love of the Bronx Bombers by getting a tattoo. Some of those fans have money to pay for proper, high-quality work. Some of them, apparently, don't. Here are a few of the high and disturbingly permanent lows of New York Yankees tattoos.