A telephone call to a 1965 Yankee, shortstop Tony Kubek, found him in Michigan at his Upper Peninsula lake retreat, where he said he hadn’t watched baseball live or on television since leaving the Yankees’ broadcast booth in 1994, hadn’t seen much of Derek Jeter (seriously) and was not familiar with the injured Yankees (Hideki Matsui, Chien-Ming Wang) I casually mentioned as a reason for the Yankees’ current standing.
Unable to draw comparisons, Kubek did say that the 1965 Yankees’ core pretty much crumbled, age and injuries debilitating Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris, among others.
I used to vacation in the U.P. when I was a kid and whenever I was up there I felt a million miles away from civilization. I'm kind of glad to see that it still has that effect on people.