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About the Off-Season: Giving Thanks

About the Off-Season: Giving Thanks

By Tim Kabel

November 23, 2023


Today is Thanksgiving. Instead of writing an article about which free agents the Yankees should sign or what trades they should make, I would like to pause and reflect upon the things I am thankful for, whether or not they are baseball related.

Before I do that, I would like to say that the hiring of Brad Ausmus as the bench coach for the Yankees was a very good move. He has experience. He is very bright and has an excellent reputation in the game. He's also not a crony of Aaron Boone, and therefore, if Boone gets off to a shaky start again this season, Ausmus would be a perfect candidate to replace him. I'm not saying that Boone should be looking over his shoulder but, a rear-view mirror might not be a bad idea.

I am thankful for:

  • The chance to have seen Aaron Judge hit 62 home runs in a season.

  • Being a Yankees' fan. No matter how things have gone lately, they have still won 27 World Series, which is the most of any team.

  • Watching seven of those World Series victories.

  • Having three amazing children who make me proud every day, in every way.

  • Seeing tremendous stars play their entire careers for the Yankees, including Thurman Munson, Ron Guidry, Don Mattingly, Bernie Williams, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, and now Aaron Judge.

  • An amazing group of family and friends who have stood by me through thick, thicker, and thickest of all. Sometimes, the thickest of all was my skullI

  • The chance to see several young players come up in the recent past who seem as if they could be key contributors in the future. I have high hopes for Austin Wells, Anthony Volpe, Clarke Schmidt, Jasson Dominguez, and Oswald Peraza.

  • A 30-year career in the field of child protection that allowed me to actually make a difference in a few lives.

  • Parents who gave me love, support, guidance, and redirection when I needed it. They instilled integrity, a work ethic, and a sense of humor in me, and I have nothing but love and gratitude for them. I wish I had not inherited arthritis from them but, you get what you get, and you don't get upset.

  • The knowledge that no matter what, the Yankees will at least be competitive almost every single year. Although I would like to see them win the World Series every year, I really can't complain.

  • The chance to have a second career as a writer. I have encountered many people who have given me nothing but support as I try to publish my novels.

  • The chance to go to those old fan festivals at the Jacob Javits Center. I was able to shake hands with, and get autographs from Jimmy Key, Andy Pettitte, Derek Jeter, and many others, including Don Larsen.

  • The chance to write for SSTN. I truly enjoy sharing my thoughts and observations. The positive reception I have received from the readers is truly heartwarming. The kindness and support from the other writers, and especially our editor, Dr Semendinger, has been remarkable. I am truly fortunate to be part of this team.

  • My sense of humor. Although it may not be everyone's cup of tea, it has helped me through many situations in my life and I hope that when the day comes for me to cash in my chips, I do so with a joke on my lips.

  • The chance to see my son, Jack, excel in baseball. I might have been a good baseball player myself, were it not for a total lack of athletic ability. But witnessing him develop to the point where he is pitching for a Division One College fills me with pride. He worked very hard to get there, as do all my children at everything they do. I can't ask for anything more.

  • My ability to cook and bake. It has helped me make other people happy and it is a way for me to relax and deal with the stress that I encounter in my life. I am attempting to bake 10 varieties of pie or cobbler this year. Since I am having my celebration on Friday, I have not completed them, yet I will provide an update on Saturday.

  • My wonderful, beautiful, and thoughtful wife, Stacey, who was able to see something worthwhile in this worn-out old plow horse. She has brought joy, hope, and love into my life.

  • Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!!

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