Dan Marino’s Pinstriped Jersey on Display in New York
April 14, 2013 – The pinstriped Yankees jersey that NFL great Dan Marino wore when he threw a ceremonial first pitch in spring training was recently put on display in a Long Island restaurant.
In mid-April, Marino was in Commack, New York for the opening of Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, a growing chain of Italian restaurants that he a partner in. While he was there, the former Miami Dolphins legend autographed the jersey, which was later framed and displayed in the eatery.
After spending a day with Marino when he was in Tampa for spring training (see blog entry below for more details on that) I met up with him at the restaurant’s grand opening celebration a month later.
During the party, Marino spoke to me about donning a Yankees jersey.
“If I had played professional baseball, I would have wanted to pitch for the New York Yankees,” said Marino, who was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the fourth round of the 1979 draft. “It was a thrill to put the pinstripes on for one pitch, and I’m proud that the jersey will be in New York for fans to see.”
Marino also reflected on the some of the other experiences he had at the Yankees spring training ballpark.
“I miss being in the locker room and being around the guys as they prepare for a game,” said the Hall of Famer, who retired from football in 2000. “It was a lot of fun to be in that atmosphere again. Also, getting to meet some of the great Yankees of all-time like Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera was great.”
Finally, Marino, who threw a strike to Hall of Fame pitcher Goose Gossage on March 9, joked about a possible strategy for his next first pitch.
“Next time, I will throw the pitch left handed,” Marino said.
A feature story about Marino’s first pitch was published in the April Issue of Yankees Magazine, and an article about the jersey being displayed in New York will appear in the May Issue.
–Alfred Santasiere III