Teammates Reflect on Number 9Yankee Stadium, NY (WDAY TV) - Roger Maris may not have his spot in the baseball hall of fame, but today, he was given the royal treatment at Yankee Stadium and with some of his old teammates in town, it was time to reflect on number 9.
By: Dom Izzo, WDAY
Roger Maris may not have his spot in the baseball hall of fame, but today, he was given the royal treatment at Yankee Stadium and with some of his old teammates in town, it was time to reflect on number 9.
Welcome back this one last time to Yankee Stadium where a huge crowd honored Roger Maris and his record-breaking season today in a way the fans didn't in 1961.
Yogi Berra – Maris Teammate, Hall of Famer: “When he came to the Yankees he became one heck of a ball player. That's all I know, and he liked all of us. But, there's one position he didn't like to play was left-field, center field and right he could play and throw, and run.”
Bob Cerv – Maris Teammate: “He was a good ball player. No one played outfield better than he did for us. And it made it lots easier for Mickey Mantle to because he could cheat more to the left-center field where the wall was more distance.”
The respect for Maris wasn't contained to his former teammates. As current Yankee captain Derek Jeter was involved in today's ceremony. He presented the Maris bat that he hit 61 with to the Maris family.
Derek Jeter – Yankee’s Shortstop: “I'm glad I had a chance to be a part of it. I've gotten to know the Maris family over the years. I'm happy that they asked me to do it.”
The one lasting memory that I'll take from this trip to Yankee stadium is the huge ovation that Pat Maris received when she walked on the field. As her husband has now become a true Yankee legend.
Maris would have been proud of his pin-stripes; they hit a pair of homeruns to beat the Red Sox, 9-1.