His journey back from a life-threatening aneurysm surgery in 1996 to pitch like a bulldog down the stretch and win the pivotal third game of the World Series was storybook. Those that bleed pinstripes will never forget his masterful 6 innings of one-run ball against that powerful Atlanta offense, during which he outdueled the legendary Tom Glavine.
And now Coney is up for Cooperstown consideration.
Chances are, his 194-126 record outweighs his five rings and Cy Young Award. But its a damn shame. Between his good-guy persona, his crafty arsenal of four pitches coming from all angles, and his knack for anchoring winning teams, this is a man who should be remembered as one of the greats.
I won't fault the voters if they don't vote him in. His numbers aren't historic. The Hall of Fame is the most exclusive of diamond clubs. But sometimes, the best fans are found in the bleachers, the same way that Coney, one of the greatest pitchers I'll ever see, will be stuck outside of the Hall.