People have remained judgmental about his broadcast career (I was a fan) and his ballplaying career but everyone who has ever known him knew him as a great guy. He had no scandals, no controversies... he simply was a nice guy.
I am 32 and started following the Yankees when my Dad woke me up one night in 1978 to watch the World Series. I was three years old and it remains one of my earliest memories.
I grew up with Rizzotto calling the games and later found out about him as a player.
I honestly was a little choked up when they were talking to Yogi Berra (They have always been close) the other day... and Yogi said "He was the godfather of my kids, he was a great teammate and great player... Yogi's eyes turned red and he paused and said... he was my friend."
Rizzuto was the American Dream... all his live he was told "You will never do this or that..." He persevered through anything and was relentless in his pursuit of his dream. They said he would never play baseball because he was too short. Casey Stengel himself told him to get out of his sight he should shine shoes instead. Rizzuto kept at it and was eventually signed by the Yankees. He became an impact player. When he stopped playing ball they said he would never succeed as a broadcaster. Rizzuto love him or hate him became one of the most famous broadcasters in baseball history.
Phil Rizzuto was a classy guy and a lovable personality that I will always associate with my love of Baseball.
Modena October 12, 1935 – Modena September 6, 2007
i dont know if anyone has posted anything about their pets dying here... but im copying my post from the "post what youre thinking" thread because its more appropriate here...
last night all my three rabbits, who we liberated from a gruesome pet store 2 years ago, and who have been living happily, freely, and cozily in my big yard for a year now, somehow got eaten last night by either a coyote or owl, or both im collecting the fur and remains that i can find around the perimeter of the house and burying them today...
R I P Peter, Jack, and Rob
last night all my three rabbits, who we liberated from a gruesome pet store 2 years ago, and who have been living happily, freely, and cozily in my big yard for a year now