Time-out with John Inman
By JOHN INMAN
Let me get my apologies out of the way, but since I have Yankee fever, it’s difficult to watch and/or listen to every game – well, OK, I’ve missed two – for an entire season and not come away with a certain amount of respect for many of the players.
Derek Jeter hasn’t ever done anything to embarrass his parents, or the Yankees’ organization, so for him to garner so many records — hits, 3,074 at last count and still rising, games played, 2,414 and still rising, and numerous others I won’t get into (did you realize his careers batting average is .313?) … the guy deserves some respect for all he’s accomplished.
Right? So, I should get a free pass on that one. David Robertson is a relief pitcher who has done nothing but good things this year on-the-field, as well as off-the-field, including his efforts with tornado “relief” funds in Alabama and Missouri. He’s become even better and the Yankees are in firm control of the AL East with less than a month remaining in the season. Now, come on, that’s something special. Right? Should be free pass for that one, too.
Nick Swisher was another of my column subjects with his commercial on the MLB Fan Cave. Remember? The one which starts out by him saying, “You mean to tell me, all you do is sit here and watch baseball games …” I told you from the very start I was a big Yankees fan. I never said anything differently.
This time Swisher is at it again. He is taking his new wife, JoAnna Garcia (see picture), on a honeymoon — to Afghanistan. What’s that about, you’re thinking? “Swish,” as Yankee fans know him, games, and his wife, a star of ABC’s “Better Without You,” plan to visit US troops in November, their first trip since they married last December.
Speaking at the Yankees Unite for Tornado Relief event not long ago at Southern Hospitality Hell’s Kitchen Swisher said, “Three military officers came to the Yankee locker room and asked if any of us would like to visit the troops. My hand went straight up, I said, ‘I’m in.’ I knew JoAnna would want to go. It will be our first trip since we got married.
“I come from a military family … and no matter what your views are, these men and women are out there risking everything for us. I realize how fortunate I have been, so I like to give back at every opportunity. I don’t want to look back on my life when I am old, with my grandchildren around me, and think, ‘Man, I wish I’d done that. I’ve got one shot at this (life).’ ”
Great move by Swish, who — while somewhat a knucklehead on the field (the fans at Yankee Stadium love him) as well as off the field — is still a total class act. His 22 home runs and 80 runs-batted-in and consistency over the years do nothing but improve his on-the-field status. It’s just a shame that those troops are still over there, but that’s a whole other issue. I just respect professional athletes, and anyone else, for that matter, who give of their time and money for such good reasons. Whether it is to help other people or show support for our troops. I say three cheers for Swish.
Until next week’s Time-out …