If there is one thing that every fan of the New York Yankees knows, it’s that the Bronx Bombers really know how to put on a show. With so many names in the storied history of the greatest organization on the planet, the 72nd Old-Timers’ Day will be grand.
With all the pink visible throughout Major League Baseball on Mother’s Day a couple of weekends back, the New York Yankees knew they had to do something equally note-worthy for all the dads out there.
That’s exactly what they delivered as they announced officially this morning that the 72nd Annual Old-Timers’ Day will be played on Father’s Day prior to their contest with division rival Tampa Bay Rays.
The 72nd Annual Old-Timers' Day presented by @OldNavy is on Sunday, Jun 17th and we officially have a roster! ?
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 24, 2018
Making their Old-Timers’ Day debuts are some seriously impressive names in recent Yankee history.
For starters, manager Aaron Boone will be putting on the full dress uniform for the first time since the 2003 World Series. Joining the new skipper will be five-time World Champ Andy Pettitte, bringing alongside him that vicious gaze found between his glove and the bill of his cap.
Also making their Yankees OTD debuts are former World Champs Nick Swisher (’09) and Dion James (’96) and former MVP first baseman Jason Giambi.
Additionally, current YES Network broadcasters and former World Champions David Cone, Paul O’Neill and John Flaherty will be joining their former teammates on the diamond for the beloved event. With all the championship banter exchanged between Cone and O’Neill heard regularly during the broadcasts of games, hopefully, there is a face-to-face battle that will serve as fodder for future hilarious bickering between the two Big Apple icons.
As has been the case for several of these events, the widows of five unforgettable Yankees will be in attendance in honor of their fallen mates: Arlene Howard (Elston Howard), Helen Hunter (Catfish Hunter), Jill Martin (Billy Martin), Diana Munson (Thurman Munson) and Kay Murcer (Bobby Murcer).
Here is the complete list of attendees for the big Father’s Day matchup.
— Gary Phillips (@GaryHPhillips) May 24, 2018
Gates will be open to fans at 10:00 a.m. ET on June 17, with lineup announcements set for 11:30 a.m. ET. The traditional Old-Timers Game will begin following the lineup announcements, with the contest between the Yankees and Rays set for 2:05 that afternoon.
All of the OTD festivities, the Old-Timers’ Game and the Yankees afternoon divisional contest can all be seen on the YES Network.