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Friday, August 7, 2015

Mets: no patch for dead guy. Yanks: patch for live guy.

In Sea of Memorial Patches, a Former Mets Owner Sinks From Sight
By RICHARD SANDOMIR AUG. 5, 2015 The New York Times

When Nelson Doubleday Jr. died in mid-June, the Mets honored him with a short statement and a moment of silence.

But they did not take the further step of affixing memorial patches for Doubleday ...

... makes the Mets something of an outlier in Major League Baseball ...

Patches, as well as black armbands, have memorialized owners, players, executives, coaches and managers since the 1870s, according to the Baseball Hall of Fame’s “Dressed to the Nines” online exhibit...

The Mets have not avoided using patches in recent years...

Doubleday was a part of the Mets for 22 years. His family publishing company, Doubleday & Company, was the majority owner of the team from 1980 through most of 1986. Doubleday and Fred Wilpon then became 50-50 owners until Wilpon bought out his partner in 2002.
It was not a happy or close partnership. The two men disagreed on various things, including signing Mike Piazza to a long-term deal and whether to renovate Shea Stadium or build a new ballpark. By the end, their bitter legal fight over the value of the team underscored their tense relationship...

Patches usually adorn uniforms soon after the death of a player, owner, manager or executive.

Two Derek Jeter 2 patches are two too many for even this Yankee fan. Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Their next game was last night and I immediately noticed that "hey, look at me" Derek Jeter number 2 patch on the side of the cap of pitcher Hiroki Kuroda.  The patch was larger than I had thought.  Then I noticed yet another, even larger Jeter patch on the sleeve of Kuroda.  What the heck?  Two?  Two stupid patches?  On every Yankee?  Including Jeter, who already has his number on his back, making three 2s?  And Jeter's not even dead.

For a while this season I had thought that Jeter was handling the extra attention with some grace and perspective.  But having and/or allowing the Yankees create yet another money making scheme with this patch, which promotes the individual over the team, was a clear indication that Jeter has succumbed to way too much adulation.

And that adulation is way overblown for a player who is way overrated.  There I said it.

Derek Jeter is overrated.

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