Every so often, we're reminded that Julia Ruth Stevens, adopted daughter of the late Babe Ruth, is not a Yankees fan. Not in the slightest. As a matter of fact, Stevens splits her time between New Hampshire and Arizona, thus holding dual allegiances to the Red Sox and Diamondbacks. This came up over the weekend, when the 95-year-old Stevens showed up at Chase Field for Opening Day:
"No, indeed," said Julia Ruth Stevens, 95, who was at the Diamondbacks' opening game Friday at Chase Field. "I haven't been a Yankee fan for years now.
It's the Diamondbacks here, and when I go home I pull for the Red Sox (the team that sold Ruth to the Yankees) in the other league."
So, yeah, not only is Ruth's daughter not a New York fan, she's also experienced some pretty thrilling moments at the Yankees' expense over the last decade and change.
Yankee opponent or not, you may recall that Stevens threw out the ceremonial first pitch of New York's final home game at the old Yankee Stadium. She even wished the Yankees success in their new home:
"I am very sad that Yankee Stadium is not going to be in existence any longer," Ruth Stevens said. "I wish it could have remained as a New York landmark, but I guess, like all things, it has come to its final days and it has to go. But I'll always have the memories of my father hitting those home runs out into the bleachers. And I have a lot of his pictures, and I'll just remember those, and the glory days of the old Yankee Stadium. And I hope the new Yankee Stadium brings good luck to the Yankees."
It'd be hard not to harbor some feelings for the organization with which her father built his legend, but it's apparently not enough to warrant full-fledged fandom. As Big League Stew points out, the story behind Stevens's Boston fanhood in particular (she was a Yankee supporter not that long ago) is too sweet not to forgive. And either way, it's just awesome that a 95-year-old woman holds an active interest in professional baseball.
So, indeed, Babe Ruth's own daughter must be pleased that New York got swept over the weekend. Then again, her Red Sox are right down there with 'em. The Diamondbacks started strong, though, so she's got that going for her.