This picture was put out by Robinson Cano the other day. It's him on a day off. He sent it out on his Instagram (HERE):
WHAT I SHARED WITH MY DAUGHTER ABOUT PHIL RIZZUTO. In it, Phil's niece wrote: "...We were close to the house when Uncle Phil drove down a neighborhood
street and saw kids playing stick ball. Even in 1994 kids were still
playing stick ball in Queens. My Uncle, without hesitating, stopped the
car, got out, and started playing stick ball with those kids. Here
are these kids, on a random Tuesday afternoon, playing stick ball on a
Queens street when a car stops and Phil Rizzuto gets out to play with
them for five minutes. Those kids are probably still telling the same
story to their friends and family today."
It's those moments you really miss today. We have talked about the disconnect between fans and players for a while now on BYB. Read LET'S GET "REAL" BETWEEN PLAYERS & FANS AGAIN. We wrote: "...fans can’t run on the field anymore. Fans can't walk on the field of
Yankee stadium out to the monuments to exit the park after the game.
All that is gone. But what about when Babe Ruth
used to just sit with kids and chat it up?
Sure, it was as photo op, but it was still real...what about when you could just sit there
and wait for players to sign a card for you before a game, and the
players stuck around and did it... maybe even interacted with you.
Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle. Hey, you know what I’d like to see happen and maybe even start
a trend? I’d like players to just “show up.” Let's get back to these players being real again.
We just saw it with CC Sabathia and his wife Amber were in Hoboken to help rebuild for people who lost everything in Hurricane
At the end of the day... seeing Robinson Cano handing out ice cream... it makes it real and dare I even say, it makes bringing your kids to the ballpark to root for their heroes worth it. I really like it and I wanted to share it and say once again... I hope we can get back to this. These are sweet times and a kid, or a fan will never forget it.
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