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Blastin Posted: February 23, 2013 at 12:55 AM | 79 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Moe Greene Posted: February 23, 2013 at 01:55 AM (#4374478)
Just watched the Ray Knight-Eric Davis fight.

Knight is such an ass.
   2. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: February 23, 2013 at 02:27 AM (#4374486)
I'm not leaving the house all weekend.
   3. Mike A Posted: February 23, 2013 at 02:27 AM (#4374487)
So, Jonah Keri says Pedro Martinez would never hit Reggie Sanders with a perfect game going. But Pedro said 90% of the batters he hit were on purpose.

What to believe...what to believe...
   4. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: February 23, 2013 at 02:30 AM (#4374488)
Seriously, Moe. Knight just ####### punched him in the face?
   5. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: February 23, 2013 at 06:14 AM (#4374502)
Crap, that Manny bomb off Carpenter would have gone like 800 feet. And then I stumble across Glen Allen Hill hitting one over the street and onto the rooftop at Wrigley on a cold windy day (Warning, contains Chip Carey. Makes sure your volume is off). Wow.

Still no sign of one of my favortie highlights, Francisco Cabrera's game tying ninth inning three run bomb against Rob Dibble that caused Dibble to lose his #### and start ripping off his uniform top as he's walking off the field. He had a three run lead with nobody on and two out in the ninth. Ah, no big deal. I've only been looking for it for 10+ years. It's pretty awesome, good thing MLB keeps anyone for ever seeing it. The game. A simpler time. The managers used Mike Stanton and Randy Myers for three innings each. I pretty sure if you tried that now, the union would file a grievance.
   6. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: February 23, 2013 at 06:50 AM (#4374503)
At least they got this covered: "5/1/96: Jeff Nelson uses the fake third-to-first throw to pick off Manny Alexander at second". Featuring the always confused Manny Alexander pinch running for Cal Ripken and immediately getting picked off on a play that never works. He goes back to the dugout and sits right next to Ripken who somehow pulls off an expression that is equal parts amused and disgusted.
   7. Blastin Posted: February 23, 2013 at 07:36 AM (#4374508)
I watched a bunch of the 3,000th hits after I posted this. It's amazing how many of them were bloops and dribblers since most of the hitters were riiiight at the end by then.
   8. Flynn Posted: February 23, 2013 at 08:41 AM (#4374513)
   9. SoSH U at work Posted: February 23, 2013 at 10:37 AM (#4374553)
Here's my favorite.

The set-up: tie score, two outs in tne ninth, runner on second...


The play.
   10. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: February 23, 2013 at 10:45 AM (#4374557)
Seriously, Moe. Knight just ####### punched him in the face?


Didn't Knight have some sort of boxing background? I won't fault him for the shoddy footwork here, he's in cleats.
   11. tfbg9 Posted: February 23, 2013 at 10:56 AM (#4374566)
@8-I watched the Rick Camp game live. The Mets were my stepchildren at that point, until they ripped my heart out.
   12. Dale Sams Posted: February 23, 2013 at 11:10 AM (#4374574)
@8-I watched the Rick Camp game live. The Mets were my stepchildren at that point, until they ripped my heart out.


Ditto. God bless TBS.
   13. tfbg9 Posted: February 23, 2013 at 11:14 AM (#4374577)
IIRC, didn't the tiny yet bombastic John Sterling have some connection the Rick Camp game?
   14. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: February 23, 2013 at 11:18 AM (#4374578)
Great that they let this stuff go and I understand the need to pay the bills but the ads make it unwatchable. To watch a 5-10 second clip of someone hitting a home run I have to sit through a 30 second ad for Ameritrade or some such thing?

Look, I'm not anti-ad (well I am but I get the business aspect of it) but there HAS to be a better way. Maybe a banner at the bottom of the screen or something that stays there during the video. I'd watch a LOT more videos in such a format and by extension see a lot more advertising with such an approach.
   15. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: February 23, 2013 at 11:35 AM (#4374586)
You can try ad blockers to avoid the ads.
   16. Into the Void Posted: February 23, 2013 at 12:44 PM (#4374614)
The play.


Heh. I like the fan screaming "Hey Paul get your head out of your ass!" when they are showing the replay.
   17. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: February 23, 2013 at 01:08 PM (#4374618)
I was at the Tony Gwynn 3000th hit game. Family was in Montreal for a vacation, Gwynn had gotten to 2999 the game before, and we changed up our plans to see him go for 3000. He didn't make us wait.

I was also at the Mo Vaughn game in the archives where he hit a 505 foot bomb. That was the longest shot I've seen in person.
   18. Into the Void Posted: February 23, 2013 at 01:14 PM (#4374620)
Will Clark singles up the middle off of Mitch Williams: video. As a 12 year old I was ecstatic.
   19. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: February 23, 2013 at 01:29 PM (#4374629)
This is the greatest thing ever. I'm surprised that this thread hasn't reached a thousand posts by now.

One question about the Fielder homer that's highlighted in the article. Why was Tigers Stadium so packed and why was the crowd so loud?
   20. Davo Dozier Posted: February 23, 2013 at 01:39 PM (#4374635)
Andy Hawkins' no-hit loss

Oh, I've read about that so many times, but have never seen it before. That's hilarious!
   21. Jonah Keri Posted: February 23, 2013 at 01:48 PM (#4374640)
@Mike A: Wouldn't it be fair to say that having thrown 7 1/3 perfect innings would qualify as one of those 10% times that Pedro wouldn't try to hit a batter?
   22. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: February 23, 2013 at 02:25 PM (#4374666)
Yeah, as Jonah says, those actually aren't contradictory statements in any way. Both can be true without any real difficulty.

God this is fun.

-Turner Ward (remember him?) goes through the outfield wall
-Gary Matthews Jr over-the-shoulder wall climb to save a homer (I didn't remember this, and it needs to be on the best catches ever list)
-George Brett ALCS homer off Goose Gossage in Yankee Stadium (notable not so much for the homer as for Brett's world-class slow trot, he might have moonwalked around second - these guys legit hated each other)
-The Mother's Day Miracle at Fenway (my wife was at this game with her family, they all left early, she stayed on her own and was properly rewarded)
   23. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: February 23, 2013 at 02:37 PM (#4374678)
The Turner Ward one is a bit frightening. He gets up thinking he broke his right arm, after unexpectedly landing on it when he thought all his weight would be going toward his left..
   24. Dale Sams Posted: February 23, 2013 at 02:43 PM (#4374686)
The Mother's Day Miracle is that much sweeter of course because it was part of a championship season.
   25. Rough Carrigan Posted: February 23, 2013 at 02:45 PM (#4374688)
MCA. Re: Brett's home run trot, as a young Red Sox fan of that time who'd followed them through the '78 season, I'm sure I felt as though it went by all too quickly.
   26. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: February 23, 2013 at 02:47 PM (#4374692)
I was at the Griffey's first hit game and I remember seeing the Raines first game back after collusion game on NBC and weeping inside that the A's or Giants didn't sign him.
   27. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: February 23, 2013 at 02:48 PM (#4374693)
Sean McDonough's call
Skip Caray's

they're both the anti-Joe Buck
   28. cardsfanboy Posted: February 23, 2013 at 02:58 PM (#4374709)
(I didn't remember this, and it needs to be on the best catches ever list)


Really? That play alone made him 50mil, in what I considered at the time to be the worse signing in baseball history(and still do)

I agree that it's probably the greatest catch in baseball history though, or at least on the very short list.
   29. tfbg9 Posted: February 23, 2013 at 03:07 PM (#4374723)

I agree that it's probably the greatest catch in baseball history though, or at least on the very short list.


I think its the best catch I've ever seen. Its just nuts...the twist of the glove to snare the ball is...just nuts,
   30. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: February 23, 2013 at 03:14 PM (#4374736)
-George Brett ALCS homer off Goose Gossage in Yankee Stadium (notable not so much for the homer as for Brett's world-class slow trot, he might have moonwalked around second - these guys legit hated each other)

Jeez, yes.
Even now - when everything about baseball games seems slower - a 28-second home-run trot is pretty dang slow.
   31. tfbg9 Posted: February 23, 2013 at 03:17 PM (#4374739)
Ya know...I think George guessed "fastball". Bang. Zoom. Goose's head snaps back in reaction upon contact and liftoff. Beautiful all around.
   32. SoSH U at work Posted: February 23, 2013 at 03:23 PM (#4374747)
I was disappointed they didn't have the clip of Neifi scoring on an infield fly against a confused Expos infield defense. Frank Robinson's reaction is priceless.

   33. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: February 23, 2013 at 03:28 PM (#4374754)
I'm disappointed they don't have Big Unit v. the poor bird
   34. Mike A Posted: February 23, 2013 at 03:32 PM (#4374762)
@Mike A: Wouldn't it be fair to say that having thrown 7 1/3 perfect innings would qualify as one of those 10% times that Pedro wouldn't try to hit a batter?

Probably, I was playing around a bit with my statement in #3. My guess is Pedro was trying to brush Sanders back, but let a pitch slightly get away from him. It was an 0-2 pitch, so there was likely a bit of a message to it, with Martinez letting the rookie know he can't dig in on him.

That said, Pedro had already brushed Sanders back twice that game when he was ahead in the count (both times near his head), so I'm not sure it was *completely* unjustified for Sanders to charge the mound. Pedro had a headhunter reputation at the time (a claim that now seems at least somewhat true by Pedro's own admissions) and according to Davey Johnson had been up around the chin of other batters that game. Sanders, with all of 9 games under his belt, make a rookie decision... but one that I can somewhat understand.

It would be pretty brazen of Pedro to drill someone with a perfect game going. Though there are a few pitchers I could see doing it.
   35. tfbg9 Posted: February 23, 2013 at 03:34 PM (#4374763)
They have Pedro ringing-up 17 NYY's in 1999. Awesomeness in abundance. Pedro was/is too cool.
   36. tfbg9 Posted: February 23, 2013 at 03:35 PM (#4374765)
Probably. My guess is Pedro was trying to brush Sanders back, but let a pitch slightly get away from him. It was an 0-2 pitch, so there was likely a bit of a message to it, with Martinez letting the rookie know he can't dig in on him.


Pedro's reaction after the pitch seems to back up this assessment. I agree.
   37. Misirlou's been working for the drug squad Posted: February 23, 2013 at 03:36 PM (#4374767)
Heh. I like the fan screaming "Hey Paul get your head out of your ass!" when they are showing the replay.


I looked up the boxscore for that game. Jeltz ended up scoring on a passed ball to win the game.
   38. Blastin Posted: February 23, 2013 at 03:39 PM (#4374778)
They have Pedro ringing-up 17 NYY's in 1999. Awesomeness in abundance. Pedro was/is too cool.



I was at this game. Close game, even though Pedro was absurd. I told my dad, "Well, we might still come back and time the game." Dad said, "Nope." I said, "We can score off the closer." Dad said, "Tonight, he's the closer."
   39. spike Posted: February 23, 2013 at 03:40 PM (#4374781)
Anything from the Dock Ellis no no?
   40. SoSH U at work Posted: February 23, 2013 at 03:42 PM (#4374785)


I looked up the boxscore for that game. Jeltz ended up scoring on a passed ball to win the game.


Yeah, my dad and I were watching it live. We didn't have a rooting interest in the game, but that PB was such a letdown anyway.
   41. Lassus Posted: February 23, 2013 at 03:42 PM (#4374787)
I'm disappointed they don't have Big Unit v. the poor bird.

He probably threatened to choke someone until their head popped off unless those tapes were all erased. He was REALLY pissed off when asked about it afterwards.


I was disappointed they didn't have the clip of Neifi scoring on an infield fly against a confused Expos infield defense. Frank Robinson's reaction is priceless.

This is definitely up somewhere, I watched the clip less than a year ago.
   42. SoSH U at work Posted: February 23, 2013 at 03:49 PM (#4374798)
This is definitely up somewhere, I watched the clip less than a year ago.


You might have seen it on YouTube. It's still on there. But none of the likely key words struck paydirt on the search feature at MLB.com.
   43. JJ1986 Posted: February 23, 2013 at 03:51 PM (#4374803)
You might have seen it on YouTube. It's still on there. But none of the likely key words struck paydirt on the search feature at MLB.com.


I've seen it on mlb.com within the last few years too, but I think it's gone now.
   44. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: February 23, 2013 at 04:00 PM (#4374810)
I was at the Brett/Gossage game, way out in the bleachers. What I remember best is the decibel level of Yankee Stadium instantly dropping from 200 to 1 with the approximate speed of Cool Papa Bell's light switch. From the other side of the stadium, you could distinctly hear a pitter-pat of applause and faint cheers from the small cluster of Royals wives or front office staff.

My only other startlingly instant Cone of Silence shutdown experience was being there for Terry Pendleton's home run with two outs in the 9th against the onrushing 1987 Mets. But that quiet quickly turned into communal rage.
   45. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: February 23, 2013 at 04:34 PM (#4374854)
-The Mother's Day Miracle at Fenway (my wife was at this game with her family, they all left early, she stayed on her own and was properly rewarded)
You are mistaken; this is actually called the Mother's Day Massacre.
   46. asinwreck Posted: February 23, 2013 at 04:50 PM (#4374879)
Andy Hawkins' no-hit loss


By far the most improbable part of this game was the fact that Ozzie Guillen walked.
   47. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: February 23, 2013 at 05:07 PM (#4374894)
But none of the likely key words struck paydirt on the search feature at MLB.com.

I tried "jim creighton", "1862", "fatal home run" and even "brooklyn atlantics", but got nothing.
   48. Ray (RDP) Posted: February 23, 2013 at 05:11 PM (#4374898)
Try "paydirt."
   49. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: February 23, 2013 at 05:29 PM (#4374909)
Re: the GMJr catch. MLB Network did a Countdown show of the top 75 greatest catches, and they ranked it #3 behind The Willie Mays Catch and The Jim Edmonds Catch.
   50. Davo Dozier Posted: February 23, 2013 at 05:44 PM (#4374915)
I was disappointed they didn't have the clip of Neifi scoring on an infield fly against a confused Expos infield defense. Frank Robinson's reaction is priceless.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gbuv96a26qU
   51. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: February 23, 2013 at 05:57 PM (#4374923)
I'm disappointed they don't have Big Unit v. the poor bird

found it
   52. JJ1986 Posted: February 23, 2013 at 06:18 PM (#4374938)
Re: the GMJr catch. MLB Network did a Countdown show of the top 75 greatest catches, and they ranked it #3 behind The Willie Mays Catch and The Jim Edmonds Catch.


Where did Endy rank?
   53. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: February 23, 2013 at 06:43 PM (#4374944)
   54. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: February 23, 2013 at 07:25 PM (#4374962)
Where did Endy rank?

#4.

The full list:
Counting down the Top 75 catches, as listed by the MLB Network:

75 - Turner Ward (Pirates) goes through fence in deep right vs. Dodgers
74 - Toby Harrah robs the Jays with leap over the railing behind 3rd.
73 - Bo Jackson robs Orsulak, runs along wall like Spiderman.
72 - Bill Hall catches ball bouncing up from Corey Koskie's glove
71 - Ike Davis goes over railing 5/11/10
70 - Brooks Robinson diving catch game 3 of 1970 WS
69 - Darin Erstad robs Yankees' Posada with diving catch in left center
68 - Billy Martin running catch into infield in 1952 WS
67 - Carlos Pena 4/30/10 goes into dugout for the grab
66 - Eric Byrnes 4/30/05 diving catch in bullpen with full extension
65 - Pete Rose 1980 WS makes catch on rebound from Bob Boone's glove
64 - Mookie Wilson 6/3/83 leaping catch high over CF wall
63 - Ryan Freel 4/16/04 diving catch behind 3rd base
62 - Joba Chamberlain 6/1/09 diving catch
61 - Mariano Rivera 5/21/69 incredible circus catch of a bunt
60 - Al Giannfrido robs Dimaggio in WS
59 - Jay Buhner 7/29/98 goes over fence to steal a HR
58 - Darren Bragg 5/5/98 great leaping grab as he tumbles over fence at Fenway
57 - 2001 ALDS Derek Jeter dives into crowd to make catch
56 - Sandy Amoros 1955 WS long running catch to rob Yogi Berra
55 - Eric Chavez 6/10/03 slides into dugout to make grab
54 - Devon White 1992 WS running catch into CF wall
53 - Jim Edmonds 2004 NLCS running, diving catch in deep left center
52 - Joe Rudi 1972 WS makes leaping catch against LF wall
51 - Curtis Granderson 5/8/09 robs Sizemore of a HR in the 9th
50 - Coco Crisp 6/29/06 diving catch in left center
49 - Dwight Evans 1975 WS leaping grab in deep RF
48 - Robin Yount 4/15/87 diving catch in right center to save a no-hitter
47 - Rusty Greer saves perfect game 7/28/94 with diving catch in shallow right center
46 - Ken Griffey Jr. 5/29/90 makes running catch over his head ala Mays
45 - Brad Ausmus 5/18/2000 circles and makes diving catch behind plate
44 - Jayson Nix 8/22/10 flips into camera well to make the play
43 - Lance Berkman 5/18/02 runs up the hill in deep CF for the catch
42 - Tommie Agee 1969 WS running catch in deep center
41 - Tommie Agee again, diving catch in right center
40 - Kirby Puckett 1991 WS leaping catch against CF fence
39 - Torii Hunter 2002 AS game, robs Bonds of a HR
38 - Carl Yastrezmski 4/14/67, running and diving catch in deep LF to help save a no-hitter
37 - Ken Griffey Jr. 8/9/98 robs Luis Gonzalez of a HR
36 - Torii Hunter 9/12/03 takes away a HR with a running leap
35 - Mike Cameron 5/23/03 steals a HR in left center
34 - Kirk Gibson (LA) 1988 NLCS diving catch in LF after slipping
33 - Paul Lo Duca 9/17/02 running, sliding catch into the dugout
32 - Derek Jeter 7/1/04 dives into stands headfirst after running catch
31 - Ken Griffey Jr. 5/26/95 leaps headlong into fence, breaks wrist, hangs on
30 - Fred Lynn 9/21/82 nears collides with LF makes catch at fence
29 - Anderson Hernandez 4/5/06 remarkable diving catch in short RF, behind second base position
28 - Ozzie Smith 8/4/86 diving catch behind SS
27 - Bobby Higginson 5/8/99 leaps above RF fence to steal a HR
26 - Ron Swoboda 1969 WS, great diving catch in RF
25 - David Wright 8/9/05 bare handed catch diving behind 3rd in short LF
24 - Kevin Mitchell 4/26/89 bare handed running catch down LF line
23 - Ichiro Suzuki 5/3/05 climbs very high above RF wall to steal a HR
22 - Brett Butler 7/8/94 steals a HR
21 - Ivan Caldeson 7/27/87 climbs LF fence scoreboard, robs Tigers of HR
20 - Ken Griffey Jr. 5/25/91 makes headalong catch, crashing into fence
19 - Otis Nixon 7/25/92 goes very high to steal a HR
18 - Aaron Rowand 5/11/06 makes over the head catch while slamming into fence facefirst
17 - Ken Griffey Jr. 4/26/90 steals a HR from Jesse Barfield
16 - Griffey Sr. 4/19/85 leaps above LF wall to take away a homer
15 - Sandy Alomar Jr. 8/2/94 flips over dugout fence to catch a foul pop
14 - Brian Giles 6/21/03 scales LF fence to rob HR
13 - Mookie Wilson 6/5/87 collides with Lenny Dykstra but still makes running catch
12 - Andruw Jones 8/10/99 running catch going into CF fence
11 - Torii Hunter 5/9/07 changes direction makes catch while falling at CF wall
10 - Curtis Granderson leaps high and reaches over fence to rob a HR 7/8/07
9 - Jim Edmonds 7/16/04 running and leaping to steal a HR in CF
8 - Tony Barron 7/31/97 incredible diving catch in right center, gives up some face also
7 - Devon White 7/31/94, Devo leaps very high, reaches over fence to rob a HR
6 - Kenny Lofton 8/4/96 scales CF fence, goes high and reaches to take away HR
5 - Dwayne Wise 7/23/09 gaves a perfect game by leaping against the fence in CF
4 - 2006 NLCS Endy Chavez leaps against wall, going high, to steal a HR
3 - Gary Matthews Jr. 7/1/06 leaps high and reaches over CF fence to rob Mike Lamb
2 - Jim Edmonds 6/10/97 long run, dives, makes catch with back to infield
1 - Willie Mays, you know the one.
   55. The Kentucky Gentleman, Mark Edward Posted: February 23, 2013 at 08:12 PM (#4374971)
Is there an better way to search for clips, aside from the search bar at the top? I tried searching for White Sox clips and it comes up with every Sox clip on the site- including interviews and features and such.
   56.   Posted: February 23, 2013 at 08:23 PM (#4374975)
This is pretty cool, although 90% of the videos are Bonds hitting a ball into the Bay.
   57. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: February 23, 2013 at 08:34 PM (#4374976)
It doesn't get any tighter than Lenny Randle crooning to get the crowd out for Mariners' Jacket Night.
   58. Lassus Posted: February 23, 2013 at 08:42 PM (#4374978)
I'd put Matthews behind Endy and Wise, or, in the spirit of objectivity, at least behind wise.
   59. frannyzoo Posted: February 23, 2013 at 08:47 PM (#4374981)
This wins the Internet. Jim Leyritz in the Andy Hawkins no-hit loss (insert snark here).
   60. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: February 23, 2013 at 08:50 PM (#4374982)
The Endy Chavez is one of very few times I can remember screaming out loud while watching a game alone in my house tht I had no rooting interest in.

The Coco Crisp catch (50) was one of the coolest experiences I've ever had. I was in the bar in Seattle at the SABR convention and the room was full of SABR members. After the catch the room was abuzz with memories of the best catches people had seen. The ages and memories ranged well over half a century and was just a ton of fun. My single favorite memory of the eleven SABR conventions I've been too.
   61. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: February 23, 2013 at 08:57 PM (#4374983)
Gary Matthews, Sr. made a catch in CF in 1979 or 80 that was part of the intro for TBS Braves games. Plucked the ball with his glove going down, over the fence as the ball was going down. I'd be shocked if it wasn't better than a whole bunch of the catches in the Top 75 list.
   62. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: February 23, 2013 at 09:08 PM (#4374984)
Counting down the Top 75 catches, as listed by the MLB Network:

It is - as always - simply uncanny, how many of the greatest catches happen to have been captured on film.
I would have thought, "At least Sam Rice in the World Series?" But, no.
   63. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: February 23, 2013 at 09:08 PM (#4374985)
They have the Dar-yl game!

Not a pink hat in the bunch. In the close shot I'm counting one woman total, a vintage 80s big hair who probably had every Lita Ford album ever cut.

Now that's a baseball crowd.
   64. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: February 23, 2013 at 11:11 PM (#4375008)
Deleted. Not worth starting an argument.
   65. Pleasant Nate (Upgraded from 'Nate') Posted: February 24, 2013 at 01:23 AM (#4375036)
I'm not sure it'd qualify here, but can anyone find the McDonough/Remy game where they started reading the World News?
   66. Pleasant Nate (Upgraded from 'Nate') Posted: February 24, 2013 at 01:29 AM (#4375038)
   67. Pleasant Nate (Upgraded from 'Nate') Posted: February 24, 2013 at 01:35 AM (#4375039)
Mo Vaughn Goes Very Deep
McGwire hits Bud sign in Cleveland

Rats, they don't have McGwire going opposite field at Shea and hitting near his number on the scoreboard.
   68. Moe Greene Posted: February 24, 2013 at 03:01 AM (#4375054)
Remembering the greatest moment in the history of Fenway Park:

An incredible throw
   69. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: February 24, 2013 at 11:28 AM (#4375113)
In the close shot I'm counting one woman total, a vintage 80s big hair who probably had every Lita Ford album ever cut.

Now that's a baseball crowd.
I don't know if there's a failed joke here? Otherwise, this is incredibly stupid.
   70. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: February 24, 2013 at 11:42 AM (#4375118)
I love Earl Weaver's last game if only for Howard Cosell's announcing and the strange balding hippie dude in the orange shirt who is hyping up the crowd. Was he a mascot?
   71. bobm Posted: February 24, 2013 at 11:48 AM (#4375122)
Rats, they don't have McGwire going opposite field at Shea and hitting near his number on the scoreboard.

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=NYzcNFAQb9M&desktop;_uri=/watch?v=NYzcNFAQb9M

   72. bobm Posted: February 24, 2013 at 11:53 AM (#4375124)
Monday, August 23, 1999
Mcgwire First Slugger To Drive 50X4
AP

NEW YORK - After nearly six hours of baseball, one dramatic comeback by the New York Mets and nearly another, all anyone could talk about was Mark McGwire's monstrous 502-foot blast in the first inning of the first game.

"I was as astounded as anybody. Wow!" New York's Mike Piazza said yesterday after the Mets split a doubleheader with the St. Louis Cardinals, winning the opener 8-7 and losing the second game 7-5.

McGwire hit two home runs in the opener to become the first player with 50 homers in four consecutive seasons.

It might not stir the passions of fans the way McGwire did last year while shattering Roger Maris' season home-run record with 70. But only 18 players have hit at least 50 in a season. Hank Aaron never hit 50 in a season while slamming 755 in his career.

"Last year I did something (Babe) Ruth never did," McGwire said of hitting 70 home runs.

"Now I'm trying to set a precedent for other people."I think (hitting 50 homers) has always been a goal of mine. It's not too shabby of a year, and not that many people do it."

Big Mac's 49th homer was a gargantuan shot off Octavio Dotel. It left a dent about 60 feet high on the Shea Stadium scoreboard in right-center.

"That amazed me," McGwire said. "That's as hard as I've hit a ball to the opposite field."

The shot shattered a light bulb in the "16" for Ray Lankford's number - just a few feet below McGwire's "25." In the bottom of the third, a worker climbed up the back of the scoreboard to screw in a new bulb.

McGwire's 50th homer looked routine compared to his first-inning blast. He led off the seventh with a fly ball that just cleared former teammate Shawon Dunston's glove and the 396-foot sign in left-center.

Dunston retrieved the ball, but gave it to a fan, not realizing it was McGwire's 50th.

"It would be nice to have, but Shawon didn't know," McGwire said. "It didn't bother me too much because a young kid has it."

McGwire, who went 0 for 3 with two walks in the second game, has 50 homers after 125 games for the second straight year. That is the second-fastest pace ever, behind Chicago's Sammy Sosa - who has 51 in 122 games this season.

"I take care of myself, he takes care of himself," McGwire said. "I have no control over anybody else. The only thing I'm chasing is No. 51."
   73. Bobby Savoy Posted: February 24, 2013 at 12:27 PM (#4375143)
@55: you can search for "White Sox" and "classic" and it should pull them up.
   74. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: February 24, 2013 at 12:51 PM (#4375153)
... and the strange balding hippie dude in the orange shirt who is hyping up the crowd. Was he a mascot?

Signs I'm getting old: Kids these days know nothing of Wild Bill Hagy.
   75. Guapo Posted: February 24, 2013 at 01:51 PM (#4375205)
My favorites so far:

David Cone wins his 20th game in 1988 and is greeted in the dugout by... what the hell?! (The title of the video gives it away, but it's worth watching because it's just surreal.)

Sammy Sosa hits his 1st major league HR, off Roger Clemens in 1989. If you're one of those guys who likes to look at old photos of Barry Bonds on the internet to try and determine whether the size of his head grew over time, you're gonna LOVE this video.
   76. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: February 24, 2013 at 02:23 PM (#4375223)
David Cone wins his 20th game in 1988 and is greeted in the dugout by... what the hell?! (The title of the video gives it away, but it's worth watching because it's just surreal.)
Of course, no footage available of Cone in the bullpen, with those women, "getting his arm loose."
   77. DJS and the Infinite Sadness Posted: February 24, 2013 at 03:35 PM (#4375247)
-Gary Matthews Jr over-the-shoulder wall climb to save a homer (I didn't remember this, and it needs to be on the best catches ever list)

Angels fans definitely remember that one. That's the one that suddenly changed Sarge Lite's reputation into a defensive god, resulting in the Angels signing him to a 5-year, $50 million contract. The Angels got 1.9 bWAR and -1.3 fWAR out of him.
   78. DJS and the Infinite Sadness Posted: February 24, 2013 at 04:03 PM (#4375258)
Make that 5-55. Forgot the buyout!
   79. bobm Posted: February 24, 2013 at 06:31 PM (#4375315)
David Cone wins his 20th game in 1988 and is greeted in the dugout by... what the hell?! (The title of the video gives it away, but it's worth watching because it's just surreal.)

Of course, no footage available of Cone in the bullpen, with those women, "getting his arm loose."


The video does show Cone shaking hands with a Dick...

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