Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw famously said “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing”. This quote holds true today, and I realized so while watching the New York Yankees 72nd Annual Old Timer’s Day Game. I was watching the game with my dad, and we were laughing and joking about the old Yankees players who were competing in the game. Even though I am not a Yankees fan, this was one of the most fun baseball games I’ve watched. This brings me to my point, that more teams should have Old Timer’s Day games.
As far as I know, only the Yankees and Red Sox have Old Timer’s Day, but this celebration of teams histories should be more common across MLB. Who wouldn’t want to see Ozzie Smith face Bruce Sutter, or watch Mike Piazza step in the box against Doc Gooden. Even though some teams don’t have histories as rich as the Yankees or Red Sox, Old Timer’s Day is a time to watch the colorful characters of your team’s past play one more time.
One of the most famous quotes in any baseball movie is “If you build it, they will come”, and while that quote obviously is about building the Field of Dreams, I think it can also relate to Old Timer’s Day, because people will come for “reasons they can’t even fathom” (another Field of Dreams reference), and they will be able to relive the teams of the past which people so fondly remember. I understand that if every team does Old Timer’s Day, it will lose some of its grandeur, but every fan should have the opportunity to watch their favorite players take the field one more time.