Yogi Berra was back and Dave Winfield made his Yankees Old-Timers Day debut. But most of the players gathered at Yankee Stadium talked more about who was missing than who was there.
Joe DiMaggio died in March, Whitey Ford is recovering from the loss of his son Tommy to a heart attack earlier this week and Jim "Catfish" Hunter, already suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease, is in a North Carolina hospital after hitting his head in a fall.
"Everybody would like to see Whitey here. That's a shame," said Berra, who is at his first Old-Timers Day since 1984 after ending a 14-year feud with Yankees owner George Steinbrenner in January.
"Catfish is another sad story. It's hard to talk about it. Everybody's pulling for him."
Winfield, who played with the Yankees from 1981 to '90, attended his first Old-Timers Day since reconciling his own feud with Steinbrenner.
"The bad stuff is all behind us," said Winfield, who received one of the loudest ovations from the crowd. "I'm glad to be here today. I feel like a part of this family."
It is a family that has endured much sadness in the past year, from Darryl Strawberry learning he had colon cancer last October to Manager Joe Torre missing the beginning of the season with prostate cancer to the deaths of DiMaggio in March and his son earlier this month.
Hunter's story is perhaps the saddest of all. He is in critical condition six days after he hit his head on concrete steps at his home. The 53-year-old Hunter remains in the intensive care unit.