When Ensberg learned he would make the team last week, he decided he could not continue wearing No. 21, which was last worn by Paul O’Neill. But reliever LaTroy Hawkins grabbed 21, and he said he would wear it to honor Roberto Clemente, who died 10 days after Hawkins was born in 1972.I commend Ensberg for realizing how important no. 21 is to the Yankees and especially their fans, it's a shame Hawkins doesn't get this. When you wear 21 on Yankee Pinstripes, you're wearing Paul O'Neill's number, not Roberto Clemente's.
And please don't misunderstand me; Clemente was great, on and off the field, I'm not trying to take any of that away from him, and if MLB wants to retire his number throughout the league, as some have suggested, go ahead. But there are better ways to honor Clemente than putting his number on the back of a pitcher with a career ERA of 4.68 ERA.