And over the years, we came to realize he was well aware of it.
Sometimes, we simply referred to Mattingly as "Chosen." If we were watching a game, and Mattingly got a big hit, one of us would yell "Chosen!" And towards the end of the '80s, when the quality of the Yankee team declined and players like Winfield and Henderson were traded away, the nickname seemed even more fitting. Donnie was our guy. For about five years, from 1989-1992, he was the only great Yankee left. And though a bad back had depleted some of his skills, he was still, to us, "The Chosen One."
As you'd imagine, my friends and I always got a kick out of these things. I always kept the banner, and after seeing it on the huge video screen at Yankee Stadium, seeing it in the Yankees Yearbook and on a "Yankeeography," we thought we'd seen it all. Until a few years ago, when I was reading a new book titled "Donnie Baseball: The Definitive Biography of Don Mattingly." And on page 125, Mattingly himself actually talks about the banner, and how he did indeed find it very amusing.
|So you're the guy?" - Don Mattingly looks at|
a photo of "The Banner"
"Alan," she said, "this is not recognized. We are bringing the the banner. If you don't bring it, I'll go to your house and get it myself. I know where you keep it ...
"We ARE bringing the banner."
|Sandra and Donnie|