Both pieces got a wide reaction. Many could care less, some were pissed at Youk. Some understood him and thought the whole thing was overhyped. Many commented and then I saw Homer's comment after he apparently read HEY YOUK, SHUT YOUR MOUTH AND PLAY BALL on Facebook. He wrote simply:
Now, you wonder... Why is this important? It's important because this is a former Yankee, a former major leaguer. This is from a guy that walked through a pro level clubhouse looking to better his game and contribute to the team every day. And, most importantly, this is a guy that understood what being a Yankee meant.
That's why we still see him on Old Timers Day and applaud him.
Thanks Homer. Thanks for letting me wake up to that, it put things in perspective.