Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui will make Old Timers’ Day debuts this year

Thoughts following Monday's rainout
6/10-6/12 Series Preview: Seattle Mariners

Both Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui will make their Old Timers’ Day debuts later this month, the Yankees announced. That’s going to be a lot of fun. Former right-hander John Montefusco will make his Old Timers’ debut as well. The full roster of Old Timers can be seen right here. The usual cast of characters will be there.

Old Timer’s Day is June 22nd this year, so not this coming Sunday, the following Sunday. The Yankees will be unveiling the second of four new Monument Park plaques that day, this one in honor of Goose Gossage. Tino Martinez’s plaque will be unveiled one day earlier. Plaques for Paul O’Neill and Joe Torre are coming later this summer. Torre is having his number retired as well.

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Thoughts following Monday's rainout
6/10-6/12 Series Preview: Seattle Mariners
  • Andrew

    Derek Jeter’s old and ineffective. Time to relate that to Old Timer’s Day somehow, in the comments section. Logged #on.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Obviously, he should bat 8th. Swap him with Roy White.

  • MB923

    I was expecting Kei Igawa and Carl Pavano

    • Yankee$

      What, no love for the Fat Pussy Toad?

      • http://Bigabaseball.com ProjectNeo

        Well seeing as he’s dead…

      • MB923

        Obviously I left him out because he’s deceased.

      • I’m One

        No longer with us on earth.

      • Yankee$

        Geez, I missed that news. No disrespect for the deceased intended (just the normal disrespect we commonly put on failed athletes.)

  • http://www.twitter.com/_swarlesbarkley Mark Teixeira – Ghostbuster (formerly Drew) RIP Egon

    What? No Aaron Small this year? Lammmmmme

  • Darren

    Count of Montefusco! One of the best nicknames of all time.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Damon makes both the Sox 10 year anniversary and Yankee Old Timers Day in the same season. Truly LOL-worthy.

    • FIPster Doofus

      The next step is to make it to a Tigers alumni function and then say it was always his dream to attend said function.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Also, did Homer Bush have other plans this year?

    • Yankee$

      He didn’t get a lot of homers. Hopefully he’s getting a lot of bush.

  • pinedamaybegreata (formerly Monterowasdinero)

    Nice to see some power even if it only during an Old Timer’s game.

    Now if Blomberg hits one out…..

  • pinedamaybegreata (formerly Monterowasdinero)

    When I was growing up Dimaggio and Mantle would come to Old Timer’s Day.

    Andy Phillips?

    • I’m One

      I’m sure there were a couple of scrubs non-Hall of Famer’s playing in OTD games back in those years too.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Cashman failed.

      • RetroRob

        They were. I used to watch those OT games with DiMaggio and Mantle, and they were all filled with scrubs and no-names, with the exception of the elite.

  • Preston

    Andy Phillips is playing in a Yankee Old Timer’s game, and it’s not his first time. That’s setting the bar pretty low for who gets invited to these things.

    • WhittakerWalt

      How would you like to be 37 and called “old timer?”

      • Chuck

        I her that Brother

      • Preston

        It’s got to be depressing for him.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          He made about 3/4 of a million dollars in two major league seasons. He’s fine.

    • Chuck

      What ,did he even play 100 games?

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Brian Dorsett was at one of these things. That’s several rock layers below Andy.

  • Chuck

    Who’s Brian Dorsett?

    • Farewell Mo

      Tony’s half brother?

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Like, third string catcher during the Bucky/Stump years. He was at OTD last year. It doesn’t get worse than that.

      • Farewell Mo

        IMO, Igawa or Pavano 5 years from now would be worse though it’s splitting hairs

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Having Dorsett would be about be like having Melky Mesa in…….fifteen years.

          • Farewell Mo

            He did have a slash line of .364/.391/.409 in 1989 though the sample size was admittedly on the small side.

    • Chuck

      Heard Jim Mason & Duke Sims were invited

  • Vern Sneaker

    No Ross Moschitto?

    • Chuck

      How about Dave Pagan ?

  • Yan Solo

    Is it safe to say half-jokingly that most of us on RAB would rather see most of these OTs playing everyday right now instead of the everyday lineup?
    /still jaded about how bad this year’s club has performed as a whole thus far

    • Chuck

      It’s not even the A.S. Break- We all could be sing’n another tune come September,but right now it don’t look too good.
      But It Ain’t over til it’s over

  • Jacoby Eddardsbury

    Just goes to show you the amount of class these two men have after the way they were jettisoned by the Yankee FO. We haven’t won a world series since they were kicked to the curb. FO has been trying to emulate these two for years now, most recently with the Beltran and Ellsbury signings.

    • yup

      Shut up. You’re a douchebag. That is all.

      • Chuck

        Play Nice Boys

    • Tanuki Tanaka

      We could’ve used their production in our lineup in 2010 and 2011.

    • Kiko Jones

      No rings w/o Matsui and Damon.

  • RetroRob

    Damon and Matsui in an Old Timers’ game? Bob Welch kicking the bucket in his 50s?

    Yikes.

  • http://google NYcornerstone

    wow they could use Damon and Ma
    tsui right now !