Old timers games used to be a big thing, but much like scheduled double headers, fat DHs and complete games, they are quickly disappearing from the baseball scene. And that’s just fine with Brewers legend Robin Yount.
The two-time MVP and certified old timer explained to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel why he hates old timers games and will never participate in one.
I am not a fan of old timers games, in all honesty. And I’ll tell you why. Some of these kids will recognize names and not ever have seen them play. Old timers games when we played were fairly common.
And I will tell you what. When somebody is very recognizable in a certain organization, a player the kids have heard their parents talk about. This individual and that individual. “What a great player this guy was. Yadda, yadda.” Then you have an old timers game and this guy hasn’t touched a ball or bat for 10 or 15 years. He’s out of shape. And you ask him to go try to play baseball and the youngsters say, “Dad, that’s the guy you told me was so good?”
And I know that’s funny, but I am being very serious. I don’t think you want to have that memory put into that kid’s mind. They’re disappointed. They thought nothing but how great these people were. That’s just me. I’m not a fan of old timers games.
I mean that sincerely. I don’t like old timers games for that reason right there. And so if we have one here, I ain’t playin’ so don’t ask me to come.
Robin Yount doesn’t want kids seeing the washed-up version of himself attempting to play baseball. And I don’t blame him. A non-memory is better than a ruined one any day.
Old Timer’s Day is coming up for the Yankees. Grab tickets from TiqIQ or Yankee Stadium parking from ParkWhiz and see the all-time greats play again!