New York Yankees: Ten Unsung heroes from the 2000s
By Ryan Doyle
3B Robin Ventura (2002-2003)
Yes, Robin Ventura was an unsung hero during this decade. In one of the rare cases of a trade between the Yankees and the Mets, Ventura was shipped to New York for David Justice following the 2001 season.
Oh, how that would pay off for the Yankees and sting the Mets at the time.
Ventura would earn his second All-Star appearance at the age of 34, 10 years after his first trip to the festivities. He would mash 27 homers, 19 of which came in the first half of the season.
Ventura also got his revenge against the Mets with a 10th inning home run in Shea Stadium that year.
Ventura didn’t put up otherworldly stats or have an epic postseason moment. Instead, he brought additional pain to the Mets fanbase and gave the Yanks a legitimate option at third base after Scott Brosius retired.