Yankees Aaron Judge is already superior to Red Sox’s Ted Williams
The Yankees big outfielder helped spark his team to victory in the wild-card game. And in one small moment, he proved himself better than Boston’s Ted Williams, a difference likely to materialize in the form of championship banners.
Yankees fans, please excuse me for one moment. I need a quick word with the Red Sox fans who have seen the headline and are all ready to write some very nasty comments.
Red Sox nation: Two things you need to know before we proceed; rightfully outraged Boston fans. One: Judge is not now, and will never be, as great a player as the Splendid Splinter. Hyperbolic headlines just draw more attention.
One: Judge is not now, and will never be, as great a player as the Splendid Splinter. Hyperbolic headlines just draw more attention.
But, two, you are all going to shake your heads in agreement before this article is through.
Now back to the group. And let’s start with a premise we can all agree on: Players don’t win championships, teams do.
Some of you Red Sox fans might also happen to be Patriots fans, as well. To those, no one has to tell you that it takes every member of a team pulling on the same rope, and pulling together in tough times, to win at the highest level. The Patriots exemplify the concept of winning as a team.
And they know that the big accomplishments get the headlines; the small ones win the titles.
A Football Route
For instance, who is the hero of the 49ers first NFC Championship Game victory over the Dallas Cowboys in 1982? Had they lost, they obviously could not have won the Super Bowl that year and thereby launched their dynasty.
Did you say, Joe Montana? That’s a good answer as he threw a perfect pass. And did I hear, Dwight Clark, he of “The Catch”? Also a very acceptable answer.
Some of you are saying, Ronnie Lott. Hey, you really know your football. Oh, but a few have mentioned Jerry Rice. Listen, thank you for reading this article, but you really do not know your football. At all. Stick with baseball.
And You are Wright
But none of you have said, Eric Wright. The cornerback did win five Super Bowls with the Niners, starting on the first four, while going to two Pro Bowls. More germane to the topic, though, is that he has as much claim to the title, if not more, than anyone else on the list.
If you remember all those highlight tapes the NFL plays leading up to the Super Bowl, after Montana finds the outstretched hands of Clark, there was still time left on the clock.
On the next play from scrimmage, Danny White found Drew Pearson streaking through the seam. At roughly midfield, there was only one defender in front of him, and not that close. After him, Pearson had an open field and a clear path to the enemies end zone, like a personally tailored Google map to victory.
It was a route he would never run. Instead, young Eric Wright was just able to pull Pearson down by his jersey. White fumbled on the next play, Jim Stuckey recovered (another forgotten hero), and the rest is history. It took the entire team to win that game, and everyone fighting for the same goal.
Except, history seems only to remember Montana to Clark. It is always the biggest news that retains its readership.