Eric Chavez, a Yankee I love and a player I respect as well as feel bad for. The guy's had a streak of bad luck and injury, yet, I wonder...if he never hurt his back and didn't have a string of injuries, would he be on the road to the Hall of Fame? I wonder, I really do...he was THAT talented.
Caldera chatted with Chavez in a piece called Chavez embracing time with Yankees. The piece is terrific, it's the human side of baseball. Chavez speaks about being with the Yankees and liking it, but not only that, there are some really interesting quotes from Chavez that I never saw coming. For example, when speaking about the Yankees, Chavez says:
Chavez went on about the Yankees, his new team. Here's what Caldera wrote: "'I always respected everyone in this organization and the way they went about playing the game....I always admired them … except one,' Chavez said with a laugh, after being kidded by Derek Jeter, who was listening at the next locker....'They didn't practice that play, either,' Chavez said, eliciting a laugh of his own."
Look, I love this kind of stuff, you don't always get the real side of these players and I love the lightheartedness every once in a while. It makes you realize that this may be a job, but the players need to keep it light. Baseball is also a game and I loved what Caldera captured that in this piece.
Kudos to Pete Caldera for a get piece about the baseball's personal side. Love it.