Yankee Stadium is closing this year, and I’m pretty bummed about that. I’ll never forget the first time I saw it – July 7th, 1994. Jimmy Key was pitching for the good guys. Mattingly was on the bench with an injury. Wade Boggs was playing first and Bo Jackson, playing horribly for the Angels, struck out four times. I’ve been to the Stadium probably ten times since, and in honor of the fact that it’s closing in a few months, I’ve decided to highlight some of my favorite moments I’ve seen in person:
August 15, 1995 – Derek Jeter makes his Yankee debut and starts his legendary career off by going 7 for 7 with three homers, 11 RBI, and 1 cure for cancer.
April 14, 1996 – Joe Torre decides to pinch hit Jim Leyritz in the bottom of the 10th inning against the Texas Rangers. The good news? Leyritz hits one out of the park to win the game. The bad news? The homerun ball is hit into a Bronx bar where it gets inebriated, then drives home and kills a woman.
June 2, 1997 – In the middle of a bases loaded, no out jam and unable to excuse himself, David Wells takes a shit in the third base coach’s box.
September 4, 2000 – David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez both homer against Detroit in a 7-4 Yankees win. My bad…that’s one of my favorite moments from Bizarro-Yankee Stadium.
September 27, 2001 – In order to stress the point that justice should be served for the 9/11 terrorist attacks, bench coach Don Zimmer walks on the field and eats a giant sub he calls the “Hammurabi and Cheese.”
April 21, 2004 – Rightfielder Gary Sheffield homers twice and makes several fine plays in the outfield; in spite of this he somehow remains a colossal prick.
May 3, 2006 – Second baseman Robinson Cano stretches abnormally far to catch a pop fly that appeared to be out of his reach. After the game he admits that yes, he is in fact Inspector Gadget.
August 10, 2002 – Third baseman Robin Ventura runs onto the field bound and gagged in his underwear to tell everyone that a giant rat had taken his place in the lineup. No one had noticed.
October 17, 2003 – Aaron Boone goes deep off Boston pitcher Tim Wakefield to win the 2003 ALCS. When asked what he would have done differently, Boston manager Grady Little says something no one can understand.