They wear Speedos when it's 50 degrees. They're pushy in person and even pushier in a car. Then there's those nauseating accents... With November, the snowbirds are back in town, and the New York variety have something to celebrate: Their beloved New York Yankees have finally made it through to the World Series, a feat not accomplished since losing the 2003 Series to our Florida Marlins.
Among that crowd of Yankees is one who used to wear the actual pinstripes: Whitey Ford, who pitched the Yankees to the 1950 World Series. The now-81-year-old retiree's been offering Yankees-Phillies commentary from the comfort of his Fort Lauderdale home -- a property search shows he owns a modest condo on north Fort Lauderdale Beach. Ford declined an invitation to the game one first-pitch ceremony, due to a bout with the flu.
"I let Yogi take care of it," Ford joked to NY Daily News reporters. "Although I gotta say, he looked awful small between those two first ladies!"
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Ford, along with Berra, Jerry Coleman, and Bobby Brown, are the only surviving members of the historic 1950s Yankees team.