JOHN STERLING and Michael Kay were doing a good job hosting the last Old Timers' Day in Yankee Stadium Saturday when it was time to introduce Don Larsen. Larsen, Kay declared, had thrown the greatest game ever pitched in "this grandIt's a backhanded compliment, right? It's not unlike the retirement ceremony they recently had for a couple of guys retiring from my firm. "He has a mind like a steel trap," someone said of one my departing colleagues. Query: have you ever heard that description applied to anyone who was still considered relevant and important to an enterprise?
And those are the kinds of words that have become troubling. If Yankee Stadium, which opened in 1923, is a grand cathedral, why are they knocking it down?
Of course you haven't. It's a nicety applied to someone on the way out, just like the "grand cathedral" crap is applied to Yankee stadium. It's about describing the unwanted and undesirable in nicer terms.