Yankees to put names on the back of their jerseys


By C.F. Twob
PFP staff writer

In a shocking break from tradition, the New York Yankees have announced that for their 2009 season they will feature a significant change in their uniforms.

Gone are the days with the jerseys consisting simply of a monogrammed NY logo and number on the back or the word mark NEW YORK with the number on back. Now, all Yankee uniforms will feature the players’ names on the back.

“We just felt it was time for a change,” said Hank Steinbrenner, son of longtime Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, in a statement. “To me, basic has just become boring. I know some who are firm believers in Yankee Pride and Yankee Tradition are unhappy, but they’ll just have to get over it.”

Steinbrenner added that he made his decision late in the season. He became angry at one Yankee ballplayer who had just struck out. The problem was, Steinbrenner couldn’t tell who the player was. Without his roster sheet with him, he was unable to identify the player simply by the number on his back. The Boss sought the assistance of a popcorn vendor, who confirmed for him that #13 was Alex Rodriguez.

Speaking of A-Rod, what does he think of the new uniform?

“It gets old when some kid calls out to me, “Hey, Number 13! Can I get your autograph?” Rodriguez told Ponderings from Pluto. That never happened in Seattle or Texas, where we wore names on the back of all our jerseys.”

The third baseman, who re-signed last year with the Yankees following a tumultuous off-season in which he opted out of his contract but was unable to find any teams interested in his high-salary demands, denied reports that he already has his surname tattooed across his upper back.

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