First, my apologies for skipping a week in the weekly cloumn,. I had alot going on and couldnt get around to it. The weekly analysis will have to wait until next week, as this week we have a special edition to pay tribute to a true Yankee legend, Bobby Murcer.
Murcer was 62 years old when he died, and he died peacefully in is hometown in Oklahoma. Born in May 1946, he played 17 seasons, most with the Yankees. He was a 5-time All Star and won one Gold Glove.
For me though, my greatest memory of him was in the broadcast booth. Fellow fans in NY can sympathize with this as well, as Murcer was not only a legend on the field, but in the booth as well. I always enjoyed listening to his color commentary, and to hear all the insight he provided.
However, it wasnt until I watched Yankees Classics on the YES Network, and they aired the 1979 game played right after Thurman Munson's funeral, that his legacy was forever etched in my mind. Watching that game, and seeing Murcer drive in all 5 runs in an emotional 5-4 victory over the Orioles was just awe-inspiring and mvoing. It was emotional in many ways, but for Murcer, he had just got done giving the eulogy for his friend, his teammate. he got to the game late, came in as a pinch-hitter. In the seventh he hit a 3-run jack, and in the bottom of the ninth, he hit a 2-run single to win the game.
That game forever etched his legacy into my mind. he will be sorely missed among Yankees legends, fans, players, and everyone else alike.
In the words of Yogi Berra, another great Yankees legend, "It aint over till its over." Well, Murcer's life may be over, but his legend and legacy sure isn't. He will live on in the hearts of every Yankees fan everywhere.
Bobby Muircer, thank you.
May you rest in peace.