While the only two feelings Eastern Shoremen have for the New York Yankees are love or hate, there is a small reason why you might want to be pulling for the Bronx Bombers this postseason. Eastern Shore native Tyler Webb will get whatever ring corresponds with the the Yankees’ ultimate level of success.
Webb spent 23 days on the New York Yankees’ roster this season, meaning if they are to win the World Series and/or the American League Championship Series, he would join Slim Churn and Bobby Brown and as the only native Eastern Shoremen to have championship rings for Major League Baseball. Churn, who was from Bridgetown, was a relief pitcher for the 1959 Los Angeles Dodgers who defeated the Chicago White Sox in the World Series. Brown, who was born in Norfolk but graduated and was drafted out of Northampton High School by the Baltimore Orioles, was an outfielder for the World Series Champion 1978 New York Yankees. Brown also played for the 1984 San Diego Padres who fell in the World Series to the Detroit Tigers.
The Yankees promoted Webb to the major leagues on June 22, 2017. He made his MLB debut on June 24. He made seven relief appearances for the Yankees, pitching to a 4.50 ERA while striking out five and walking four in six innings. On July 13, 2017, the Yankees traded Webb to the Milwaukee Brewers for Garrett Cooper.
While it would be a great honor for Webb, it still likely isn’t enough reason for local Yankee haters to cheer for the Evil Empire of Major League Baseball.