I am commemorating the passing of Don Zimmer by reading his book “The Zen of Zim” Quite good so far. As a resident of Tampa, the Gerbil had been a long-time friend of Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. George hired Zim as a coach before firing manager Gene Michael to bring in Billy Martin for the third time. But in 2002 Steinbrenner, irate over losing the chance to win a fourth straight World Series, turned against Zimmer.
Zimmer is on the short list of what could be called my All-Fun Guy Team. Zimmer played second, short, and third, and when he finished his career as a minor leaguer he even pitched a game or two. When he was the player/manager for the Knoxville Smokies in 1967 I might have seen him play against the Macon Peaches.
Jeff Blauser SS
Matt Diaz OF
Moe Drabowsky P
Joe Garagiola C (Baseball is a Funny Game)
Eric Hinske 3B
Mark Lemke 2B
Greg Maddux SP
Kris Medlen P
Peter Moylan RP
John Smoltz P (Starting and Closing)
Bob Uecker C (Catcher in the Wry)
Don Zimmer 2B (The Zen of Zim)