On November 25th, 2021, Americans from sea to shining sea will gather around the dining room table to give thanks to the many blessings we have in our country. Some may not feel overly optimistic about the US at this moment, but I challenge those people to take a step back and appreciate the love they both receive and give to their friends and family. Rough patches happen, but we must remember to have faith that American unity will ultimately prevail just as it always has.
The New York Yankees certainly are thankful for November 25th, as it is the birthday of Joe DiMaggio, Bucky Dent, Nick Swisher, and Estevan Florial. Between these four, the Yankees have 12 World Series championships, 17 All-Star appearances, and an infinite amount of love and appreciation.
Yes, the bulk of these numbers come from DiMaggio but do not dare downplay Bucky Dent winning 2 World Series himself, including the ’78 World Series MVP. We tend to remember Bucky Dent for famous the “deep to left” homer at Fenway (which I am sure 95% of Yankee fans can recite), but realize Bucky offered more than just that one swing of the bat.
Nick Swisher had his only career All-Star appearance while he was a Yankee, directly after winning the World Series. In one word, Nick Swisher is “likable,” or perhaps even “lovable.” His smile can be seen across Central Park at midnight, and the Bronx fell in love with it. If MLB ever decides to get serious about appealing more to kids, they should put him in front of a camera. Nick Swisher stayed a kid his entire career, and something about that is magical.
What part of the Thanksgiving meal would each of these 4 players be?
Joe DiMaggio is both the turkey and the mashed potatoes. He is the main event and even more. End of story.
Nick Swisher is the gravy. It makes everyone smile, enhances every plate, and we all have a family member who wants way too much of it. If you do not have a family member who drowns their plate in gravy, it is probably because you are that family member.
Bucky Dent is the wine that your siblings brought. You might forget it is even at the table at first, but boy are you glad it is there! For many different reasons, it comes in clutch right when you need it the most.
Estevan Florial is the desert that your cousin’s newly-wedded wife brought for the first time. You hear it is really good, you have expectations, you may have snuck a taste, but you have yet to see how it does once finally served. Judging by the trend of Yankees born on November 25th, I bet you it will taste pretty darn good.
God bless baseball. God bless America. God bless all of you readers. I am thankful for each and every one of you who reads my work.
Main image credit Embed from Getty Images