Blog #48 (Brian Doyle)

By Richard J. Decker on March 20, 2013 7:00 AM

This week there is no legal section of the blog.

Now for the Opening Day memory:

Brian Doyle was a little known reserve infielder for the New York Yankees from 1978-1980 who I bet almost all fans of teams other than the Yankees never heard of. Brian had only 32 career regular season hits, one home run and a lifetime batting average of .161. His brother Denny played for the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies and was more well known. But rest assured knowledgeable middle aged and older Yankee fans certainly remember Brian. When starting All Star second baseman Willie Randolph got hurt and had to miss the 1978 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers (in which the Yankees prevailed for the second consecutive year), Brian filled in. All he did was hit .438 with 7 hits in 16 at bats, knocked in two and scored 4 runs. He got almost one quarter of the amount

of his total regular season hits in one World Series--as Larry David would say, "pretty pretty good." Brian finished his Major League baseball career in 1981 by playing 17 games with the Oakland A's before retiring. Here is his Opening Day memory.

Doyle.jpg"This may sound a little boring, but it was true for every one of my Opening Days. I had the same exact experience every year. I stood there on Opening Day--on all Opening Days, they call out the entire team onto the foul lines and they play the National Anthem. And that was always very emotional for me. All I could think about was my mother and father--I'm getting choked up thinking about them now--and what they did for me and all the sacrifices they made in order for me to make it to the Major Leagues. I would also think of one of my Little League coaches who coached with my father and my high school coach. It was a very emotional time each and every year."

See you in two.