David Wells was a fan favorite during his time in the Bronx. It probably had a lot to do with pitching a perfect game and winning a World Series, but a lot of it had to do with his personality which wasn’t always rosy. Joe Torre once said that Boomer lived to make his life miserable, but that was part of the charm.
Listening to Wells talk about Tim Tebow and it sounds like he might regret his occasionally belligerent ways though.
From Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:
“Well, people don’t know him and they jump on the bandwagon, (calling him a) Bible thumper-type guy, but you know what? You are what you are. And this guy doesn’t have a bad bone in his body. He’s going to get criticized a lot, he’s going to get made fun of a lot, but he’s a professional. He knows what it’s going to take to do his job. He focuses on one thing and he’s really good at just shutting out the world and doing what he has to do.“
“People say, ‘You suck, you do this.’ He’ll probably say, ‘Thank you very much.’ You kill ‘em with kindness and that’s his MO. I think people should be more like him. You don’t have to be very religious like he is, but have that mentality and that approach just on life. His values are pretty freaking good if you ask me. He just does his business and he’s one of the hardest workers in the NFL and in sports period. He takes all that negative and turns it into a positive. A lot of people fight the system like I did. I fought the media constantly and I think if I had that approach, I think I’d have been better off. But different strokes for different folks.”
Eh, I’ve followed both of them now and something tells me that Boomer’s attitude was perfect for the Bronx. I’m glad he is who he is. I just wish he told the Yankees about his back problem during the 2003 playoffs.