I see criticism because apparently no Yankee attended Bob Sheppard’s funeral.
That criticism, I think, is unjust. Maybe the Sheppard family wanted it that way to avoid a media circus.
Also, the team wasn’t together. It happened over the All-Star break, and the players who didn’t go to Anaheim probably took the time to go home to their families. To the parents, wives and children they see far too infrequently while they are flying around the country. Mariano, for instance, probably flew home to Panama. Maybe Jorge went home to Puerto Rico for a couple of days, I don’t know. The point is, those couple of days, for many, are a chance to reacquaint themselves with family. Or have we forgotten the reason Thurman Munson bought that plane?