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During A Bender, David Wells Took A Break To Throw A Perfect Game, Immediately Returned To The Party

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David Wells is one of the few people who excels at working while hungover. Case in point: He’d spent the night before a day game partying at an SNL cast party. In 1998. Ya, probably a bit more than just drinking going on, but that didn’t stop Boomer from retiring 27 straight Minnesota Twins the following morning.

That’s right — after getting sloppy with Jim Breuer, Will Ferrell, Ana Gasteyer, Darrell Hammond, Chris Kattan, Norm Macdonald, Tim Meadows, Tracy Morgan, Cheri Oteri, Colin Quinn, and Molly Shannon — David Wells spent 2 hours 40 minutes sweating bullets and striking out eleven batters en route to the first perfect game ever thrown by a Yankee.

eddieot Posted: March 27, 2014 at 01:50 PM | 23 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: burp, david wells, saturday night live, twins, yankees

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   1. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: March 27, 2014 at 03:52 PM (#4677915)
David Wells spent 2 hours 40 minutes sweating bullets and striking out eleven batters en route to the first perfect game ever thrown by a Yankee.


Uh. What?
   2. RJ in TO Posted: March 27, 2014 at 03:59 PM (#4677919)
Uh. What?


Exhibition games don't count.
   3. catomi01 Posted: March 27, 2014 at 04:06 PM (#4677926)
en route to the first perfect game ever thrown by a Yankee.


Don Larsen says hi.

(coke to PASTE)
   4. Gotham Dave Posted: March 27, 2014 at 04:11 PM (#4677934)
That late 90s SNL cast was pretty good. They got a lot of crap at the time, but I think they were mostly suffering a reputation hangover from the last couple of Sandler-Spade-Rock-Farley years when those guys were focused on their movie careers and REALLY phoning in it (and Dana Carvey and Phil Hartman weren't around to bail them out). Also the "transition season" with Jeannine Garafalo and David Koechner and what have you which was just sad and upsetting (although not as bad as the mid-80s transition season with Anthony Michael Hall and Robert Downey Jr). The cheerleader sketches sucked, of course, but the Ferrell years were pretty good overall. I feel like the Will Forte/Tina Fey years and Kristen Wiig/Andy Samberg/Bill Hader years were better appreciated when they were still airing and that was probably thanks in part to Ferrell, Hammond, Gasteyer and co. rehabilitating the image of the show.

The listing of the whole cast seems a little odd, as I don't imagine most of those people, outside of maybe Breuer, Morgan and Hammond (who I think was a raging alcoholic at the time) as big partiers. The ratio of "working" to "doing drugs and partying" is pretty well correlated with the quality of the show, despite the examples set by Farley and Belushi.
   5. SoCalDemon Posted: March 27, 2014 at 04:25 PM (#4677944)
The ratio of "working" to "doing drugs and partying" is pretty well correlated with the quality of the show, despite the examples set by Farley and Belushi.


Their performance really cratered after age 33 though.
   6. TFTIO still lacks a passion for the labels Posted: March 27, 2014 at 04:29 PM (#4677946)
To be fair, it was the '98 Twins.
   7. Arbitol Dijaler Posted: March 27, 2014 at 04:48 PM (#4677957)
Can anyone summarize the postgame bender for those of us who haven't seen the Wolf of Wall Street?
   8. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: March 27, 2014 at 05:15 PM (#4677975)
Can anyone summarize the postgame bender for those of us who haven't seen the Wolf of Wall Street?
David Wells ate six dozen donuts after he'd finished his usual four dozen.
   9. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: March 27, 2014 at 07:28 PM (#4678043)
Was 1998 some notorious drug party that I missed out on?
   10. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: March 27, 2014 at 10:51 PM (#4678044)
Was 1998 some notorious drug party that I missed out on?


Yeah, but it was a real pain in the ass.
   11. Greg K Posted: March 27, 2014 at 11:56 PM (#4678053)
That late 90s SNL cast was pretty good. They got a lot of crap at the time, but I think they were mostly suffering a reputation hangover from the last couple of Sandler-Spade-Rock-Farley years when those guys were focused on their movie careers and REALLY phoning in it (and Dana Carvey and Phil Hartman weren't around to bail them out). Also the "transition season" with Jeannine Garafalo and David Koechner and what have you which was just sad and upsetting (although not as bad as the mid-80s transition season with Anthony Michael Hall and Robert Downey Jr). The cheerleader sketches sucked, of course, but the Ferrell years were pretty good overall. I feel like the Will Forte/Tina Fey years and Kristen Wiig/Andy Samberg/Bill Hader years were better appreciated when they were still airing and that was probably thanks in part to Ferrell, Hammond, Gasteyer and co. rehabilitating the image of the show.

Probably due to my age (I was 15 in 1998), but I have a ton of fond memories of that cast.
   12. Random Transaction Generator Posted: March 28, 2014 at 07:44 AM (#4678090)
Looking at the SNL casts by season*, the one that I remember the most (and I feel was the most entertaining of the bunch) during my time was 1990-91

Dana Carvey
Phil Hartman
Jan Hooks
Victoria Jackson
Dennis Miller
Mike Myers
Kevin Nealon
A. Whitney Brown (F)
Chris Farley (F)
Al Franken (F)
Tim Meadows (F) (1991)
Chris Rock (F)
Adam Sandler (F) (1991)
Rob Schneider (F)
David Spade (F)
Julia Sweeney (F)

My all-time list is always going to include Phil Hartman, as I think he was the greatest cast member in SNL history.
I was 19-20 years old during that season, so that's probably why I have such fond memories.

*only goes up to 2005/06, as the site has fallen into disrepair.
   13. zonk Posted: March 28, 2014 at 08:42 AM (#4678103)
I think Phil Hartman is the best pure cast member of SNL -- that's not to say that others (Eddie Murphy, Bill Murray, etc) weren't bigger stars, but for pure versatility and ability to just flat out deliver sketch after sketch, hard for me to see how anyone tops Hartman. Dana Carvey was underrated - but he was all 'character driven' (meaning, he'd hit on a good character and ride it... he was pretty nondescript - not bad, just not memorable - outside of his admittedly great characters). Hartman, you could just toss in a random sketch as some random guy and he'd just play it perfectly. He knew when his job was to be a supporting character in the sketch and when to shine.

I'm probably in the minority, but I liked David Spade's stuff, too... one-note though it was.

Realizing he was just Belushi reimaged, I think I'd also take Farley over Belushi.
   14. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: March 28, 2014 at 10:02 AM (#4678143)
I've long thought that two of the best and most underrated cast members in the show's history are Tim Meadows and Chris Parnell. Really good straight men but also funny in their own right.

One of my favorite SNL moments is the It's a Wonderful Life skit with Val Kilmer. Darrell Hammond says that if he doesn't host the show, Steven Spielberg won't see Parnell in a sketch and turn him into the next superstar. Kilmer says "Parnell, really?" Parnell shoves him and says "is that so hard to believe? Jackass." "You said they couldn't see me!" "I never said that."
   15. Nasty Nate Posted: March 28, 2014 at 10:26 AM (#4678164)
It seems Parnell's voice is everywhere these days, in shows and commercials.
   16. Lassus Posted: March 28, 2014 at 11:01 AM (#4678181)
I know it's a sentiment shared by many, but even as a total stranger from afar I definitely felt as if I'd been hit in the chest with a baseball bat when I heard that Hartman had been killed.
   17. Booey Posted: March 28, 2014 at 11:35 AM (#4678207)
I'd pick early to mid 90's SNL over any other time period all the way (me being 12-15 at the time may have had a tad bit to do with it, of course). The Chris Farley/Patrick Swayze Chippendales skit is still one of the all time best. RIP to both of them.
   18. zonk Posted: March 28, 2014 at 11:50 AM (#4678224)
Brief though it was -- and obvious he was about to become a star in his own right - I think the old Eddie Murphy material still holds up real well, especially if you forget the drek films he's done for the last 20 years or so.

I got some 'classic SNL' blue-rays for Xmas -- Belushi, Radner, Murphy, Akroyd, et al... One guy I'm disappointed isn't nearly as good - or at least, doesn't hold up as well as I thought - is Jon Lovitz. Some of it still draws laughs, but there's a lot where I'm sort of puzzled... "Why did I think that was funny again?"

Mike Myers is another one where I distinctly remember enjoying the characters at the time, but I think I'm OK with never seeing another Mike Myers character in film or on TV again.

   19. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: March 28, 2014 at 03:46 PM (#4678386)
I find Tommy Boy endlessly re-watchable. Like rock-n-roll lyrics, it's easy to read too much into it given Chris Farley's sudden tragic death, but I actually see a poignancy and sadness underlining his work. The crux of many of his characters is that he was always the fat guy who desperately wanted nothing more than to be liked, and there are moments I find downright touching. He's endearing to the point of contagious, and sometimes I put that movie on when I need cheering up.
   20. Srul Itza Posted: March 28, 2014 at 09:53 PM (#4678478)
I'm always going to be partial to the early SNL group. In part, because there really was nothing like it at the time. 1975-1980 coincided with my last 2 years of college and my years in law school back in NYC, so there was also that connection.

   21. Srul Itza Posted: March 28, 2014 at 10:01 PM (#4678479)
Realizing he was just Belushi reimaged, I think I'd also take Farley over Belushi.


I always felt Belushi had more range.
   22. Random Transaction Generator Posted: March 28, 2014 at 10:42 PM (#4678494)
   23. Greg K Posted: March 28, 2014 at 10:53 PM (#4678498)
My favourites are mostly Christopher Walken ones. "Colonel Angus" is a particularly choice one...if you're into beating a dead horse.

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