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    Ichiro is a Yankees - Stubhub will be good .. and what happens to #51?

    The surge of fans visiting Yankee stadium will be a whole lot more now - talking about a shot in the arm.


    As for Ichiro requesting #51 - I am not sure if I am happy with that.


    But then again, the "number" has not been used or officially "retired" when Bernie walked away.


    Either way, it will be good either way.
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    Re: Ichiro is a Yankees - Stubhub will be good .. and what happens to #51?

    According to my news feed, Ichiro will not get #51

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big_E View Post
    According to my news feed, Ichiro will not get #51

    I am holding my breath!
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    Re: Ichiro is a Yankees - Stubhub will be good .. and what happens to #51?

    He will wear #31

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    Re: Ichiro is a Yankees - Stubhub will be good .. and what happens to #51?

    Soooooo happy about the Ichiro news!

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    Re: Ichiro is a Yankees - Stubhub will be good .. and what happens to #51?

    Suzyn Waldman reported that Ichiro chose #51 in Seattle because he played with Bernie Williams during a barnstorming tour of Japan, and they became friends. He didn't ask for #51 and wouldn't think of doing so, given Bernie's great career with the Yankees.

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    Re: Ichiro is a Yankees - Stubhub will be good .. and what happens to #51?

    Quote Originally Posted by njyankeesfan View Post
    Suzyn Waldman reported that Ichiro chose #51 in Seattle because he played with Bernie Williams during a barnstorming tour of Japan, and they became friends. He didn't ask for #51 and wouldn't think of doing so, given Bernie's great career with the Yankees.
    I've read this in several places but that doesn't explain why Ichiro wore #51 while playing with the Orix Blue Wave.

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    Re: Ichiro is a Yankees - Stubhub will be good .. and what happens to #51?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ram Man View Post
    I've read this in several places but that doesn't explain why Ichiro wore #51 while playing with the Orix Blue Wave.

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    Maybe it was because he admired Lou Gehrig and the "3" + "1" in 31 = 4.

    Maybe?? Could be??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nome View Post
    Maybe it was because he admired Lou Gehrig and the "3" + "1" in 31 = 4.
    I'm thinking that he chose the "3" for George Selkirk and the "1" for Snuffy Stirnweiss.
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    Re: Ichiro is a Yankees - Stubhub will be good .. and what happens to #51?

    He was a big Dave Winfield fan?
    He wants to be the opposite of A-Rod?

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    Re: Ichiro is a Yankees - Stubhub will be good .. and what happens to #51?

    There are so few numbers available due to an over abundance of retired numbers plus the absurd notion that several numbers are off limits because good ballplayers once wore them.

    Due to these factors, the Suz had little choice.
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    Re: Ichiro is a Yankees - Stubhub will be good .. and what happens to #51?

    Quote Originally Posted by JDPNYY View Post
    There are so few numbers available due to an over abundance of retired numbers plus the absurd notion that several numbers are off limits because good ballplayers once wore them.

    Due to these factors, the Suz had little choice.
    He should have just gone with a "!"
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    Re: Ichiro is a Yankees - Stubhub will be good .. and what happens to #51?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yankee Fan in Boston View Post
    He should have just gone with a "!"
    ...or just a big letter "I" for Ichiro
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    Re: Ichiro is a Yankees - Stubhub will be good .. and what happens to #51?

    Quote Originally Posted by JDPNYY View Post
    There are so few numbers available due to an over abundance of retired numbers plus the absurd notion that several numbers are off limits because good ballplayers once wore them.

    Due to these factors, the Suz had little choice.
    Blame Yankee fans for this. They gave 21 to Hawkins and the fans backlash was so negative the Yankees gave up on giving out 21 or 51 for the foreseeable future

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    Re: Ichiro is a Yankees - Stubhub will be good .. and what happens to #51?

    Quote Originally Posted by JDPNYY View Post
    There are so few numbers available due to an over abundance of retired numbers plus the absurd notion that several numbers are off limits because good ballplayers once wore them.

    Due to these factors, the Suz had little choice.
    Sure he did. He could have made a big splash and have been the first Yankee with a three digit number, perhaps even 151.

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    Re: Ichiro is a Yankees - Stubhub will be good .. and what happens to #51?

    If Bernie's number is not going to be retired than he should be able to wear it. By not allowing it you might as well retire it.

    Are we going to retire 21 and 51? I don't think so, and even with me being a huge fan of Williams and O'Neill we need to move on. I am sure Williams would have no problem at all if Ichiro wore his number, and we should be so lucky as to have another legend on our team. He would wear it well. 2 and 42 are the only ones getting retired in the near future.
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    Re: Ichiro is a Yankees - Stubhub will be good .. and what happens to #51?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hitman23 View Post
    If Bernie's number is not going to be retired than he should be able to wear it. By not allowing it you might as well retire it.

    Are we going to retire 21 and 51? I don't think so, and even with me being a huge fan of Williams and O'Neill we need to move on. I am sure Williams would have no problem at all if Ichiro wore his number, and we should be so lucky as to have another legend on our team. He would wear it well. 2 and 42 are the only ones getting retired in the near future.
    The Yankees have way too many retired numbers - many of which do not, IMNSHO, deserve to be retired.

    Unretire the following numbers - if you want some sort of a Wall of Honor for these individuals, fine.

    1 - Billy Martin
    9 - Roger Maris
    10 - Phil Rizzuto
    15 - Thurman Munson (sacrilege to a lot of people, I know)
    23 - Don Mattingly
    32 - Elston Howard
    37 - Casey Stengel
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    49 - Ron Guidry
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    Re: Ichiro is a Yankees - Stubhub will be good .. and what happens to #51?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hitman23 View Post
    If Bernie's number is not going to be retired than he should be able to wear it. By not allowing it you might as well retire it.

    Are we going to retire 21 and 51? I don't think so, and even with me being a huge fan of Williams and O'Neill we need to move on. I am sure Williams would have no problem at all if Ichiro wore his number, and we should be so lucky as to have another legend on our team. He would wear it well. 2 and 42 are the only ones getting retired in the near future.
    42 is already retired by MLB, so it doesn't even need a decision by the Yankees (not that it would have been a difficult one...)

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    Re: Ichiro is a Yankees - Stubhub will be good .. and what happens to #51?

    Quote Originally Posted by sjanowsky View Post
    42 is already retired by MLB, so it doesn't even need a decision by the Yankees (not that it would have been a difficult one...)
    I knew someone was going to. Someone always needs to flex that muscle every now and then.
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    Re: Ichiro is a Yankees - Stubhub will be good .. and what happens to #51?

    Quote Originally Posted by longtimeyankeefan View Post
    The Yankees have way too many retired numbers - many of which do not, IMNSHO, deserve to be retired.

    Unretire the following numbers - if you want some sort of a Wall of Honor for these individuals, fine.

    1 - Billy Martin
    9 - Roger Maris
    10 - Phil Rizzuto
    15 - Thurman Munson (sacrilege to a lot of people, I know)
    23 - Don Mattingly
    32 - Elston Howard
    37 - Casey Stengel
    44 - Reggie Jackson
    49 - Ron Guidry
    The Yankees are a franchise with a long and successful history. I have no problems with our having such a long list of retired numbers, after all we have had many, many super stars on our team for a long while.
    If we are concerned about running out of numbers, why not eschew numbers altogether and simply use names, or alternatively go to triple digit numbers.

    With regards to your list of players who don't deserve to have their numbers retired, I disagree on the following;

    Rizzutto. You had to see him play to know how valuable he was to the team. He was the greatest SS in Yankee history till Jeter came along. Ted Williams said that if the RS had him they would have had a dynasty with several WS championships.

    Stengel. Can't leave him off the list.

    the others are marginal.

    In the future you will have added Torre, Jeter, Mo, ARod and Cano of the more recent Yankees.

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    Re: Ichiro is a Yankees - Stubhub will be good .. and what happens to #51?

    Quote Originally Posted by longtimeyankeefan View Post
    The Yankees have way too many retired numbers - many of which do not, IMNSHO, deserve to be retired.

    Unretire the following numbers - if you want some sort of a Wall of Honor for these individuals, fine.

    1 - Billy Martin
    9 - Roger Maris
    10 - Phil Rizzuto
    15 - Thurman Munson (sacrilege to a lot of people, I know)
    23 - Don Mattingly
    32 - Elston Howard
    37 - Casey Stengel
    44 - Reggie Jackson
    49 - Ron Guidry
    Agree with all but 2 people. Rizzuto is in the hall of fame, and spent 50 years with the Yankees. The Jeter of his time. Stengel is also a hall of famers and his record with the Yankees was excellent

    I agree with all the others, although I can understand why Munson was retired based on the circumstances. I was too young to remember much of it

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    Re: Ichiro is a Yankees - Stubhub will be good .. and what happens to #51?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nome View Post
    In the future you will have added Torre, Jeter, Mo, ARod and Cano of the more recent Yankees.

    Andy.
    Torre - if I am not going to retire Stengel, I can't imagine retiring Torre's number
    Jeter & Mo - absolutely
    ARod - he ranks with Reggie, IMO, with regards to is he a Yankee legend or not. I vote not.
    Cano - it's early, but he is likely on track for the honor, but he needs to sustain it for several more years
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    Quote Originally Posted by JDPNYY View Post
    There are so few numbers available due to an over abundance of retired numbers plus the absurd notion that several numbers are off limits because good ballplayers once wore them.
    Seriously tired of this.

    Pretty soon they're going to be wearing 3 digits. I'd love to see that

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    Re: Ichiro is a Yankees - Stubhub will be good .. and what happens to #51?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vin View Post
    Seriously tired of this.

    Pretty soon they're going to be wearing 3 digits. I'd love to see that
    Or decimals.
    someone can wear 2.2, or 5.1, or 7.3
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    Re: Ichiro is a Yankees - Stubhub will be good .. and what happens to #51?

    Quote Originally Posted by StingrayJG View Post
    Or decimals.
    someone can wear 2.2, or 5.1, or 7.3
    I want to see 3.14159 and 2.71828. Perhaps they could also use fractions. Who is going to be the next Eddie Gaedel?

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