November 22 – Happy Birthday Austin Romine
There were a lot of Yankees born on this date which is best remembered as the anniversary of John Kennedy’s tragic assassination in 1963. They include 200-game winner Lew Burdette, who was originally a Yankee before moving onto the Braves and forming one of the best one-two pitching tandems in baseball during the 1950s with Warren Spahn. Today is also Lee Guetterman’s birthday. This 6’8″ former reliever led the horrible 1990 Yankee pitching staff with 11 victories pitching out of Stump Merrill’s bullpen. Remember Wayne Tolleson? He was the Rangers’ starting shortstop for three years during the early eighties and then succeeded Bobby Meacham at that same position for New York in 1986. But if baseball procrastinators are correct, it is a future Yankee who will become the birthday celebrant most recognized on this date. Austin Romine, who was born on this date in 1988, is supposedly the second best minor league catching prospect in all of baseball, but standing in his way is Jesus Montero, the guy many experts believe is the best catching prospect. Both men hope to replace Jeorge Posada as the next great Yankee starting catcher. It should be an interesting competition during the next couple of seasons.
Still another Yankee born on this date hit .600 for New York during the 1998 World Series sweep of the Padres.