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Baseball Question of the Day: What’s the coolest thing you have ever seen at a ballpark?

Today’s baseball question requires an in-person experience: what’s the coolest thing you have ever seen at a ballpark?

Most of us have seen historic moments or a thrilling deciding game of a playoff series on TV, but we’re all far more limited in the neat stuff we’ve seen first-hand.

Which means it might lead to weird answers. For example, I’ve never seen a no-hitter in person, but I have seen a drunk guy take his shirt off and start singing the National Anthem . . . in the fourth inning. Folks, Tiger Stadium was LIT in the 1980s.

So, what’s your answer?

 

QLE Posted: March 26, 2020 at 12:53 AM | 105 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: March 26, 2020 at 01:08 AM (#5933613)
My coolest thing I've seen on the field (involving the game), unrelated to my Brewers fan attending /peanut vending experiences which I could rattle off some weird stuff: First time seeing Mike Trout in person. 2014 Opening Day at Safeco and King Felix on the hill. Top of 1st, Trout falls behind and keeps staying alive with two strikes before crushing a King Felix pitch over the CF fence. I looked over to my wife and kids and said 'we can go now.'
   2. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: March 26, 2020 at 01:25 AM (#5933614)
Juan Uribe's HR, G4 2013 NLDS.

I can only describe it as a massive religious revival.
   3. ajnrules Posted: March 26, 2020 at 01:33 AM (#5933615)
Randy Johnson's 300th Win.

I don't care if people think the pitching win is a junk stat and that milestones are pointless. They're probably right, but watching the Big Unit achieve the ultimate pitching milestone when many doubted that he'd make it is by far the best thing that I could ever hope to experience in person, especially since I had become a fanatic for the 300-win club.
   4. Srul Itza At Home Posted: March 26, 2020 at 01:34 AM (#5933616)
1985, Tom Seaver's 300th win, in a White Sox Uniform at Yankee Stadium on Phil Rizzuto day (where Scooter was almost knocked over by a Holy Cow), with my older brother (now gone) as my guest.

I think there were more Seaver fans than Yankee fans at the game.
   5. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 26, 2020 at 01:38 AM (#5933617)
Well that’s an easy one: the Cubs winning the NLCS, and then winning a World Series game at Wrigley.
   6. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: March 26, 2020 at 01:38 AM (#5933618)
2 things come to mind. I saw Tuffy Rhodes 3 HR opening day game in 1994 I think. The only opening day game I've ever been to. I also saw a 101 GS game by Nolan Ryan against the White Sox. This game.. Ryan pitched 10 innings, allowed 3 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, and struck out 15. And it was the first game of a doubleheader. Sox starter greg Hibbard had a pretty nice GS himself, 81.
   7. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: March 26, 2020 at 01:40 AM (#5933619)
1985, Tom Seaver's 300th win, in a White Sox Uniform at Yankee Stadium on Phil Rizzuto day (where Scooter was almost knocked over by a Holy Cow), with my older brother (now gone) as my guest.

I think there were more Seaver fans than Yankee fans at the game.


I saw that game on TV.
   8. ajnrules Posted: March 26, 2020 at 02:34 AM (#5933621)
1985, Tom Seaver's 300th win, in a White Sox Uniform at Yankee Stadium on Phil Rizzuto day (where Scooter was almost knocked over by a Holy Cow), with my older brother (now gone) as my guest.

I think there were more Seaver fans than Yankee fans at the game.

I saw that game on TV.

Me too, although I only did so when MLB Network aired it in the 2009-10 offseason.

Fun fact; Seaver and Randy Johnson and Warren Spahn are the only pitchers whose 300th wins features a final score that “matched” their uniform numbers
Spahn (8/11/1961): Braves 2, Cubs 1
Seaver (8/4/1985): White Sox 4, Yankees 1
Johnson (6/4/2009): Giants 5, Nationals 1
   9. Meatwad Posted: March 26, 2020 at 03:00 AM (#5933622)
Game 7 2016 World Series. When Davis hit that home run to tie it in the 8th the way that stadium exploded is something I will never forget. And I say this as a Cubs fan who had about 5 heart attacks from that hit.
   10. Dog on the sidewalk has an ugly bracelet Posted: March 26, 2020 at 03:05 AM (#5933624)
I've been fortunate to be present for a number of memorable Mets moments. Off the top of my head:
- Piazza's first game as a Met, in which he was booed after failing to reach base his first time up
- Piazza's go-ahead HR in the first game after 9/11
- Piazza's 3-run home run off Terry Mulholland to cap the Mets 10-run 8th, after they started the inning down 8-1
- Todd Pratt's NLDS-clinching HR. I remember being frightened by how much the upper deck was shaking.
- Estes vs. Clemens (with Yankees fans friends there to make it even better)
- Mets clinch 2000 NL pennant.
- McGwire's ridiculous home run off the Shea scoreboard
- Prospect Jose Reyes tripling on a line drive to straight-away left in a spring training game.
- Rey Ordonez hitting a grand slam

But the clear winner is Dae Sung Koo doubling to deep center off Randy Johnson and then showing off his baserunning prowess. Honorable mention to witnessing the Baha Men perform "Who Let the Mets Out" in a surprise pre-game performance.
   11. Walt Davis Posted: March 26, 2020 at 04:41 AM (#5933627)
Bonds 600th HR
Burt Hooton's no-hitter (though I don't remember many details to be honest)
Opening Day the day before Hooton's no-hitter (I remember more details of that but not for anything on the field)
   12. BrianBrianson Posted: March 26, 2020 at 04:56 AM (#5933629)
The last home run of Rance Mulliniks career - the first inside the park homerun at Skydome - he ran with a lanky lack of grace that was utterly remarkable. Like a newborn foal hitting an inside the parker within minutes of being born.
   13. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: March 26, 2020 at 05:30 AM (#5933632)
I saw Dennis Burlingame of the single-A Durham Bulls throw a 7 inning perfect game in the first half of a doubleheader on opening day, 1989. (Steve Avery threw a shutout in the nightcap.)

More generally, I loved watching Ichiro play when the Mariners came to US Cellular. His style at bat and on the bases was great, but more fun was his obsessive stretching between pitches while he was in the OF.

The 1-0 duel between Mark Buehrle and Jake Westbrook at US Cellular on opening day, 2005. It was a Buehrle Special (time of game 1:51). The excitement in the ballpark the first time that Podsednik got on base and started taking a big lead was amazing. I sat next to two co-workers who always skip work to go to opening day. One of them was about 32, the other was in his 60s and wearing a "Proud Irish Grandpa" hat. It was the afternoon before the NCAA basketball championship game between UNC and Illinois, and I was wearing a UNC shirt and hat and getting yelled at more or less good naturedly. The guys next to me and I talked about Michael Jordan, and they forced me to swear a sacred pact never to go to the "other ballpark" in the city.

Once sitting in the RF bleachers at Fenway the pitchers in the bullpen were throwing bags of peanuts into the crowd. My friend wasn't paying attention and one hit him in the head. Now he can proudly say that he took a HBP off of Scott Sauerbeck.
what’s the coolest thing you have ever seen at a ballpark?
There was that time at the Trop when I looked in a mirror!
   14. MuttsIdolCochrane Posted: March 26, 2020 at 05:38 AM (#5933633)
After being lucky enough (and old enough) to have been at the 1977 WS game 6 (Reggie's 3), the 6/17/78 Guidry 18 K game (origin of the 2 strike clapping, the first interleague game between the Yankees and Mets in 1997 (very cool, fans about even, chants Let's Go Yankees and Let's go Mets non stop), Edgar Renteria's extra-inning game seven walk-off hit in the 1997 WS , but for me it was the series ending moment when Pudge raised his hand from the entanglement holding the ball up after tagging J.T. Snow at the plate trying to score the tying run in the 9th in the 2003 Marlis/Giants playoff.
   15. AndrewJ Posted: March 26, 2020 at 08:02 AM (#5933638)
Game 4 of the 2009 NLCS, with JRo's walkoff double.
   16. SandyRiver Posted: March 26, 2020 at 08:17 AM (#5933639)
Mets pull off a triple play (Elio Chacon/Charley Neal/Gil Hodges) while losing a twin bill to the Dodgers on Memorial Day of 1962. Polo Grounds were jam-packed due both to the holiday and because it was the 1st return to Gotham by either of the west coast ex-pats. Also that day, in the opener, Maury Wills tripled his career HR total by hitting one from each side, and Sandy Koufax pitched a 13-hit, 3-walk, 43 PA complete game.

Next was in Baltimore in 1966, the Year of Robbie. Luis Aparicio always watched the first pitch, every AB, except when leading off bottom of the 1st in this game when he lined it for a triple and scored the Birds' only run in regulation. After 14 with the score 1-1, the PA announcer said 15th would be the last due to city curfew, and the home team fans were disappointed when Cleveland eked out a run in the top of the inning. But Davey Johnson led off the bottom by putting one into the LF bleachers and the Orioles got another to walk off with the win.

Have not been to a MLB ballpark since 1993 at the Metrodome, where we saw Dave Winfield get hits 2999 and 3000 (the latter setting up the tying run in the bottom of the 9th) as the Twins won it in extras.
   17. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: March 26, 2020 at 08:23 AM (#5933640)
1. I saw David Cones perfect game in person, my first time at yankee stadium and my dad first time back in 30 years.
2. I saw both President Clinton and President Obama throw out first pitches
3. Mid 90s McGwire batting practice and launching a moonshot home run
4. I went to Red Sox Yankees game and went to piss and when I came back everyone in my section had been arrested and thrown out for fighting
   18. ckash Posted: March 26, 2020 at 08:54 AM (#5933646)
Lifelong Orioles fan. By luck I met my future wife who was from Maryland and we moved there in 1999 and I got to see my 1st game at Camden Yards. Brady Anderson hit a bases loaded triple to knock in the winning runs. That's number 1.

Number 2 is from a few years ago the Reds had a pre-season prospect game at GABP, and I took my oldest daughter to it. We had seats directly behind the 3rd base dugout. Aroldis Chapman came into the game and pumped 102 mph fastballs.
   19. catomi01 Posted: March 26, 2020 at 09:05 AM (#5933650)
From the stands - A-Rods 3,000 Hit.
From the dugout - probably watching Sparky Lyle drinking a bloody mary in the middle of a Sunday afternoon game, but there are a few others.
From the field - catching Lee Smith and watching his 50 year old self make a bunch of local "celebrities" look foolish striking out on 9 straight cutters.
   20. SoSH U at work Posted: March 26, 2020 at 09:21 AM (#5933653)
3. The night Reggie Jackson tried to bunt in the 10th against the Kansas City Royals, infuriating Billy Martin in an 11-inning loss.

2. An afternoon game at Wrigley when Aaron Harang, one of history's worst-hitting pithers (lifetime OPS+ of -41), hit his only career homer.

1. Watching Aaron Cook toss a 79-pitch shutout in 1:58 over the Padres, to that point the fastest game in the history of Coors Field (might still be). What made it particularly special for me was my youngest son, then only six, never left his seat for the entire game.

Least cool: my first big league game, when Don Hahn and George Theodore brutally collided in center, allowing Road Runner Ralph Garr's inside the park home run.
   21. Qufini Posted: March 26, 2020 at 09:33 AM (#5933657)
1. Randy Johnson setting the record for most strikeouts in a relief appearance. The previous night's game had been suspended after lightning hit a light tower. The game resumed the next day- the day for which we had tickets- with Randy Johnson entering the game "in relief" in the third inning. Johnson mowed down the Padres line-up, making hitters like Phil Nevin look foolish, on his way to he struck out 16 batters in 7 innings of work.

That was a pretty awesome day all around. Rickey Henderson signed autographs between games of the double-header (he was a bench player for the Padres at that point) and Trevor Hoffman came in to save the second game.

2. Opening Day at Camden Yards with a pitcher's duel between Mike Mussina and Bartolo Colon is second.
   22. Traderdave Posted: March 26, 2020 at 10:21 AM (#5933673)
From the dugout - probably watching Sparky Lyle drinking a bloody mary in the middle of a Sunday afternoon game, but there are a few others.
From the field - catching Lee Smith and watching his 50 year old self make a bunch of local "celebrities" look foolish striking out on 9 straight cutters.


Are you a former MLBer???
   23. Tom Nawrocki Posted: March 26, 2020 at 10:36 AM (#5933678)
The most memorable game that I was in attendance for was the 25-inning affair between the Brewers and White Sox at Comiskey in 1984 (although they sent us all home at 1:00 a.m. after just 18 innings).

The most exciting single moment was Game Four of the 2009 NLDS: The Rockies were down 2-1 to the Phillies in the bottom of the eighth when Jason Giambi singled home the tying run, then Yorvit Torrealba doubled to deep center, giving the Rox a 4-2 lead, and seemingly sending the series to a deciding Game 5.

Then Huston Street coughed up three runs in the top of the ninth, and the season was over.
   24. Blastin Posted: March 26, 2020 at 10:43 AM (#5933684)
Pedro 17ks at YS.

Game 1 of the subway WS the following year.

A-Rod's 500th was cool except it was inning 1 of a slow, boring, ####### hot game against the 2007 Royals (Kyle Davies gave up the HR) and I was so hot.
   25. winnipegwhip Posted: March 26, 2020 at 10:50 AM (#5933687)
Braves at Cubs....Saturday in April 1997. Cold day in the park and the Cubs are in the depths of a losing streak to start the season. Game was tied in the ninth and Mel Rojas gives up the game to the Braves in the top of the ninth. The Braves fans start the tomahawk chop and chant behind me (I am sitting down low behind home plate.) I turnaround to all the Braves fans and show them my salute them with my Yankee cap (remember this is April 1997.)

The Braves fans start booing me. Of course the Cubs fans have no problem with what I did. What is memorable is the guy who got in my face and followed me out of Wrigley screaming that the Yankees are screwed now and "are nothing without Wetteland!"

I would love to see this guy and ask him how it turned out.
   26. Cleveland (need new name) fan Posted: March 26, 2020 at 10:54 AM (#5933690)
Gaylord Perry winning his 12th game in a row in 1974. With 65K fans in attendance in old Cleveland stadium, the atmosphere was probably the best of any baseball game I've ever attended.
   27. Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: March 26, 2020 at 10:56 AM (#5933692)
1. Tom Brunansky’s catch to win the AL East in 1990. My seat gave me a view down the line so I could see the whole thing unfold.

2. Home opener in 2003 at Fenway. Manny Ramirez kept spinning around and looking over his shoulder at the seats on the Green Monster. It was like he didn’t expect them to be there.

3. Got a tour of the press box on my 18th birthday in 1988 and even got to operate the camera for a few minutes (pregame, just to see how it works).

4. Filming for “Fever Pitch.”

5. The look on my 43 year old cousin’s face as she came up the ramp at Fenway for her first ever visit. I took her through the home plate side so the first thing she saw was the monster. The look was priceless.

6. The Boston Red Sox winning a World Series, in person. Holy crap I can’t believe I saw that.
   28. Ron J Posted: March 26, 2020 at 11:00 AM (#5933695)
I saw a young Vida Blue against the Yankees. He dominated many of the hitters in a way I'd never seen before.

Blue had what seemed to me to be concentration lapses, but any time he seemed fully engaged the hitters had no chance.

The really remarkable thing was the body language of the hitters. Tough to explain exactly, but there were a lot of "what just happened?" looks.
   29. Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: March 26, 2020 at 11:14 AM (#5933702)
Oh man, I somehow left out the 1999 All Star Game. That was amazing. Teddy coming out was amazing of course but I have two other smaller memories.

1. During BP they introduced the players. When McGwire got introduced everything in the ballpark stopped and everyone watched.

2. During the All Century Team intros when they introduced Musial he got into his batting stance. Having read so much about his “kid peaking around the corner” stance over the years that was a real thrill.
   30. Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: March 26, 2020 at 11:15 AM (#5933703)
Orioles were down by nine after six innings when the clouds open up. Torrential downpour. Practically everyone leaves. My friend and I find the only spot in the upper deck that the rain and wind can't reach. The delay lasted two hours. And when they resumed the game the O's rallied for ten runs over the last three innings. It was beautiful.
   31. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 26, 2020 at 11:21 AM (#5933707)
The 1-0 duel between Mark Buehrle and Jake Westbrook at US Cellular on opening day, 2005. It was a Buehrle Special (time of game 1:51).
I was there! We had great seats and it was an absolutely beautiful day, so it was frustrating that the game was so short. What a beauty, though.
   32. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 26, 2020 at 11:24 AM (#5933708)
5. The look on my 43 year old cousin’s face as she came up the ramp at Fenway for her first ever visit. I took her through the home plate side so the first thing she saw was the monster. The look was priceless.
My first (and so far only) time at Fenway, I must have had the same look, because as I entered the concourse, the usher immediately said "First time here, huh?"
   33. Mike Webber Posted: March 26, 2020 at 11:24 AM (#5933709)
1. 2014 Royals Wild Card win in 12 innings. Saw Foghorn Leghorn before the first pitch of this game. Sat with my nephew, sister and BIL. In addition to Foghorn I saw two other set of friends during the game, and my college roommate was two sections over, but neither of us knew that until the next day.

Royals down 7-3 after six-innings, they scored 3 in the bottom of the 8th, and tied it in the bottom of ninth. 10th and 11th are scoreless, then the A's score a run in the top the 12th. The Royals come back to score 2 in the bottom of the inning, on a Hosmer triple, a Colon single, and after Colon steals 2nd Salvadore Perez singles to knock in the winning run.

2. June 25, 1999: Cardinals' José Jiménez throws a no-hitter in Arizona

SABR Convention game, Randy Johnson is throwing a shutout going into the 9th against the Cards. He walks two men, and strikes out two before Thomas Howard singles to LF to bring in Darren Bragg. Jimenez retires the last 3 to nail down the no-hitter.

We had lousy seats, right behind home plate but way, way, way up in the upper deck.

The game took just 2:15, so the bus to pick us up isn't there when we leave the stadium. So I kill half an hour chatting with Mark Harris, the author of Bang the Drum Slowly and the other Henry W Wiggins novels.
   34. Itchy Row Posted: March 26, 2020 at 11:29 AM (#5933712)
Henry Winkler. It doesn’t get any cooler than the Fonz.
   35. Howie Menckel Posted: March 26, 2020 at 11:42 AM (#5933715)
1986 World Series Game 7 was rained out, so they postponed the game by one night - and that meant my buddy's sister couldn't go - because well, she had piano lessons to give on Mondays.

so there I was with my pal behind home plate at Shea Stadium, loge section, watching it all inevitably unfold for the Mets (given the circumstances of Game 6).

also very cool:

a 1994 visit to Wrigley Field. we had booked plane tickets to Chicago before the baseball strike, so we went to Murphy's Bleachers for the "pre-game" on Friday anyway.

"This city is magic," I reminded my friends. "Something good will happen."

a few minutes later, I see a guy walk into the bar with a wiffleball bat and an entourage - and I knew that would be it.

this was a wedding party group outing that was supposed to include a Cubs game. so they improvised, and soon were playing in a wiffleball game in the street. If you swung and missed, the pitch would hit the bricks of the wall behind centerfield.

we improvised, too - buying a case or two of beer and some folding chairs so we could serve as their "crowd" for the game. there was much good-natured heckling and a side bet or two, and we had given every player their own nickname by the third inning or so.

the ballgame was tied after 9 innings, and the groom-to-be fretted quite a bit about not wanting to be late for the rehearsal dinner that night.

"One more inning," the father-in-law to-be told him.

that young man married into a proper family, for sure.
   36. Traderdave Posted: March 26, 2020 at 11:47 AM (#5933718)
Ramon Hernandez's walkoff bunt in the 2003 ALDS was a moment I will never forget.

Pokey Reese hitting a walkoff single against John Rocker during the height of the controversy over his rant, in a Reds home crowd that had a disturbingly large number of people cheering for Rocker.

Rose's 4192nd hit. About 1/3 of the crowd left after it.

Johnny Bench's last home run during a tribute night for him. Some said it was grooved for him, but who cares?

My oldest daughter's first games, A's vs Royals. She was 3 and I wept when she joined a "Let's go Oakland" cheer unprompted by me.

And every tailgate in Oakland is memorable for one reason or other.



EDIT:

Double checked, Pokey Reese's hit was a double, not a single, and tied it up in the 9th for Dante Bichette's walkoff single in the 10th. But other than that my memory is perfect.
   37. Mefisto Posted: March 26, 2020 at 12:03 PM (#5933726)
1. I was at Candlestick Park on the final day of the 1962 season. The Dodgers led the Giants by 1 game, so the Giants needed to win AND the Dodgers needed to lose. The Giants won 2-1 when Mays homered in the bottom of the 8th. The Giants game ended while the Dodgers were tied 0-0. Nobody in the crowd left the park. They piped in Vin Scully's broadcast over the loudspeakers and we all sat there. In the top of the 9th Gene Oliver homered to give the Cards a 1-0 lead. When the Dodgers went out in the bottom of the 9th, the place erupted. Never heard anything like it since.

2. Was at Dodger Stadium for a 1965 game where Mays scored the eventual winning run in the top of the 12th. He scored from first on a single -- only time I've ever seen that -- and just annihilated Roseboro on a collision at the plate to do it.

3. At Dodger Stadium 1969. Marichal on the mound. The crowd hated him, of course, and booed constantly. Wills led off the 1st with a single. Marichal threw over there 9 straight times, the crowd booing louder each time. I thought they might actually storm the field they were so angry. On the 9th throw he picked Wills off and the place went dead silent. Hardly a peep for the rest of the game, which the Giants won easily.

4. Willie McCovey's last game.

5. All too literal answer: A night game at Candlestick in the early 80s. Wind blew so hard that the pitcher's cap blew off and was carried to the CF fence. I've been in 20 below weather and never felt that cold.
   38. Nasty Nate Posted: March 26, 2020 at 12:03 PM (#5933727)
a 1994 visit to Wrigley Field. we had booked plane tickets to Chicago before the baseball strike, so we went to Murphy's Bleachers for the "pre-game" on Friday anyway.

"This city is magic," I reminded my friends. "Something good will happen."

a few minutes later, I see a guy walk into the bar with a wiffleball bat and an entourage - and I knew that would be it.

this was a wedding party group outing that was supposed to include a Cubs game. so they improvised, and soon were playing in a wiffleball game in the street. If you swung and missed, the pitch would hit the bricks of the wall behind centerfield.

we improvised, too - buying a case or two of beer and some folding chairs so we could serve as their "crowd" for the game. there was much good-natured heckling and a side bet or two, and we had given every player their own nickname by the third inning or so.

the ballgame was tied after 9 innings, and the groom-to-be fretted quite a bit about not wanting to be late for the rehearsal dinner that night.

"One more inning," the father-in-law to-be told him.

that young man married into a proper family, for sure.
This is great
   39. vortex of dissipation Posted: March 26, 2020 at 12:30 PM (#5933743)
MLB division:

Don Mincher hitting a walk-off home run for the Pilots against the Senators on Bat Day at Sicks' Stadium in the first MLB game I attended.

Willie McCovey hitting the hardest hit ball I've ever seen, a frozen rope home run into the upper deck at Candlestick in 1973.

Rafael Palmeiro's 3,000th hit at SAFECO Field. PEDs or not, seeing someone attain such a milestone was cool.

Strictly personal division:

I'm a Reds fan. In 1976, I had never seen them play in person. My family took a trip to the Bay Area for our vacation. We landed at the airport, picked up the rental car, and drove right to Candlestick Park to see the Reds and the Giants. I had no idea that they had it all planned. My Mum and Dad thought they would surprise me. They did...

Having Rod Carew give me batting tips, and critique my swing, during batting practice at an almost empty Oakland ballpark in 1973.

Non MLB division:

Being the official scorekeeper for a no-hitter that future MLB player and pitching coach Rick Anderson threw in college. I was just hoping in the last couple of innings that I wouldn't have to decide if something was a hit or an error, and fortunately there were no plays like that...
   40. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: March 26, 2020 at 12:52 PM (#5933753)
1. Rafael Furcal's playoff walk-off. It landed about 15 rows in front of me.

2. Jason Heyward's opening day Grand Slam

3. Maybe the crispest game I've ever seen, Joe Blanton of all people was dealing during a midday start time, and the game was over in 2:02.


   41. Howie Menckel Posted: March 26, 2020 at 01:29 PM (#5933761)
back in the late 1980s, I'm sporting quite a sunburn as I exit the media entrance at Shea Stadium about an hour or so after a game. As I walked outside, I could hear a couple of fans still waiting for a stray autograph or two speculating that I might be David Cone. THAT was cool. I was the right height and weight at the time, anyway. (now am fighting the good fight in 2020 lockdown to avoid reaching Sid Fernandez territory.)

....................................

April 28, 1985, Mets-Pirates at Shea.

the Mets led, 4-0, after having sent just five batters to the plate in the first inning - thanks to Darryl Strawberry's grand slam. they do not score again for the next 16 innings. the Pirates tie it up in the 6th inning.

This is Hall of Very Good member Rusty Staub's 1,675th and final MLB game in the OF.
he was forced into field action because, in the 12th inning, the Mets made a double-switch to get Rusty up second in the bottom of the inning.
on cue, with Rafael Santana starting it off with a leadoff single, Rusty produces a double - not ground-rule - that did not score Rafael Santana (!). IBB, Ray Knight produces a 6-2-3 DP, IBB, and Gary Carter pops out to end the inning.

in a tactic reminiscent of beer league softball, the Mets in subsequent innings have Rusty and Clint Hurdle (!) switch corner OF positions nearly a dozen times over several innings to try and "hide" Rusty as best they could. those of us in LF tried to roar for our waddling hero louder as he made his periodic visits than the RF fans did for theirs. it was quite a vocal battle.

in the top of the 18th, disaster looms as Rick Rhoden - an excellent-hitting pitcher - loops an opposite-field liner down the RF line with a runner on first and 2 outs. but our chubby hero rumbles his way to a shoestring catch and the crowd - thankfully this was a day game - goes wild.

A Strawberry BB and Carter single make it 1st and 3rd, nobody out, bottom of the 18th and it's still 4-4. in a wonderful twist ahead of the 1986 WS, an error by the first baseman allows pinch-runner Mookie Wilson (!, IIRC, he was hurt, so not slated to appear in the game) to score the winning run.

the catch comes in the third photo/video element here
   42. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: March 26, 2020 at 01:33 PM (#5933763)
I could hear a couple of fans still waiting for a stray autograph or two speculating that I might be David Cone.


did they say, "nice game, pretty boy"

   43. Graham & the 15-win "ARod Vortex of suck" Posted: March 26, 2020 at 01:40 PM (#5933766)
There may be a couple of others worth mentioning, but two stick out to me.

1. I was at the Reds-Rockies game on May 27, 2012 where Todd Frazier hit his "no hands" home run where the bat slipped out of his hands right before contact with the ball (video). This also happened to be Jamie Moyer's last game.

2. Last year, my fiancee scored tickets to a Reds-Phillies game at the last minute. I had to work late, but we finally made our way to the ballpark right around the end of the sixth inning or maybe it was right at the beginning of the seventh. Regardless, Michael Lorenzen came into the game to pitch the top of the seventh. He also pitched the top of the eighth and then homered in the bottom of that inning. Lorenzen switched to center field for the ninth inning, becoming the first player since Babe Ruth to homer, pick up the win, and play the field in the same game. Here's the box score.
   44. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 26, 2020 at 01:50 PM (#5933768)
Having Rod Carew give me batting tips, and critique my swing, during batting practice at an almost empty Oakland ballpark in 1973.
Wait, how did you pull this off?? Did Carew say something like "No, no, you want to start with your bat at your waist, parallel to the ground, like so..."
   45. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 26, 2020 at 01:52 PM (#5933769)
1. I was at the Reds-Rockies game on May 27, 2012 where Todd Frazier hit his "no hands" home run where the bat slipped out of his hands right before contact with the ball (video). This also happened to be Jamie Moyer's last game.
Yeah, I'd say when you give up a homer to a player who isn't actually holding the bat at the time, that's a pretty good sign it's time to hang 'em up.
   46. toratoratora Posted: March 26, 2020 at 01:55 PM (#5933771)
1-The Bloody Sock game.
2-Cal tying and breaking Gehrig's record. Had goosebumps when he did his lap.
3-Pirates 1979 game 7 win to complete the comeback against the O's. Memorial was so silent on the exit, it felt like leaving a funeral.
4-Nomo no hitter.
5-In what was likely the most memorable performance, I saw Bobby Witt pitch a 5 inning no hitter where he couldn't find the plate. Guy was hitting 100 and all over the place, 10 k's, 8 bb, 4 wild pitches. Never seen anything like it.
6-McGwire hitting BP. Nobody I've seen hit moonshots like him. The only player I consistently showed up at BP to see.
   47. Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: March 26, 2020 at 02:02 PM (#5933773)
Lorenzen is an incredible athlete. Only fair as a baseball player, but as an athlete he's out of this world.

I've got one more. I've only ever been to one NFL game. Ravens home game, don't remember the opponent. Sometime around the third quadrant (or whatever they call the divisions in the lesser sport), everyone turns around to look at me, and starts chanting "Ali, Ali, Ali". Which was confusing. So I turn around, and about three rows behind me (but in a private box) is Muhammed Ali.
   48. philphan Posted: March 26, 2020 at 02:10 PM (#5933775)
My two most memorable game experiences are:
1. Dave Righetti’s 1983 July 4 no-hitter over the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium (man, was it hot!). (It was Cap Day also!)
2. 2009 Phillies-Yankees World Series Game 2, Petey vs. A.J. Burnett. (We lost.... :-( )

I also took this opportunity to look through my old score books and jog my memory about a few other fun games:
—A 1990 Mets game where Frankie Viola threw a nifty 10-strikeout complete game shutout against the Reds.
—A Doc Gooden 3-hit shutout in May 1985 against the Phillies; he threw 6 2/3 no hit innings to start off the game.
—A walk-off 1-0 win for the Mets over the Braves in May 1986.
—An amazing pair of games at Yankee Stadium against Toronto: on June 8, 1984, Steve Kemp hit a walk-off single to score Dave Winfield in the 11th and win the game 4-3, and on June 9, 1984, Kemp walked it off in the 9th by doubling Winfield home.
—Catcher Charles Johnson’s first game with the Marlins in 1994, in Miami against the Phillies. He hit a home run in his second at bat, and I was convinced I had seen a Hall of Famer’s debut.
—My only Wrigley game, in April 1998, when the temp was supposedly 45 at game time, but the wind was blowing straight in from center field and I was sitting behind home plate. Coldest I have ever been at a ballgame. (Oh, and Montreal won 7-0.)
   49. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: March 26, 2020 at 02:17 PM (#5933777)
1. Adam Dunn's first home run
2. McGwire hitting the longest homerun in Riverfront Stadium history
3. Dunn hitting the longest homerun in Great American Ballpark history
4. Arriving to the ballpark late (bottom of 1st inning) and getting in just after Dmitri Young hit a solo hr off of Randy Johnson. Johnson would ultimately pitch a complete game, striking out 17 in 8 innings, and lose 2-0 on 1 hitter thrown by Ron Villone (8innings) and Scott Williamson (1ip). His previous start, the D-backs were no-hit by Jose Jimenez. Ultimately, Johnson had a 7 game stretch where Johnson he pitched 56 innings, with a 1.13 era, 83k against 13bb. And went 1-5 (team 1-6). The no-decision in that stretch was 8 innings of shutout ball. I think such stretches are now known as a deGrom...
   50. Perry Posted: March 26, 2020 at 02:29 PM (#5933783)
Posted this on the original site so I'll copy it here:

July 13, 1973, Riverfront Stadium, Jack Billingham beat Tom Seaver 2-1, in a game that was played in 1 hour and 37 minutes.

June 9, 1968, Crosley Field, Reds led the Cardinals 8-0 after 3 innings. Cards scored 10 in the 5th and won 10-8 making for this line score: 000 0(10)0 000. That was the first game of a doubleheader; Steve Carlton got knocked out as the starter in the 4th inning of Game 1, then lost game 2 on a walkoff in his 3rd relief inning.

I was also at Busch for Garry Templeton’s infamous meltdown that led to the trade for Ozzie Smith, although that wasn’t particularly cool, it was memorable.

Finally, I was at Coors July 6, 2010, when the Rockies scored 9 in the 9th and beat the Cardinals 12-9.
   51. Traderdave Posted: March 26, 2020 at 02:33 PM (#5933784)
4. Arriving to the ballpark late (bottom of 1st inning) and getting in just after Dmitri Young hit a solo hr off of Randy Johnson. Johnson would ultimately pitch a complete game, striking out 17 in 8 innings, and lose 2-0 on 1 hitter thrown by Ron Villone (8innings) and Scott Williamson (1ip).


I was at that game, in prime seats right behind the plate.

Maybe the crispest game I've ever seen, Joe Blanton of all people was dealing during a midday start time, and the game was over in 2:02.


At an A's game in '01, fireworks night. Mark Mulder, who had a lot of quick games, threw a sub 2:00 hour gem and after the game it was too light for fireworks. Crowd had to wait for the sun to set.

   52. jingoist Posted: March 26, 2020 at 03:13 PM (#5933800)
1. Nomo’s no hitter at Camden Yards
2. At a Yankee/Orioles game in early 1996 watching a “retooled Yankee lineup thoroughly whip the O’s and talking to my pal about how this Yankee team will be good for the next 10 or 15 years. And it was.
   53. vortex of dissipation Posted: March 26, 2020 at 03:13 PM (#5933801)
Having Rod Carew give me batting tips, and critique my swing, during batting practice at an almost empty Oakland ballpark in 1973.

Wait, how did you pull this off?? Did Carew say something like "No, no, you want to start with your bat at your waist, parallel to the ground, like so..."


I attended a Twins-A's game in Oakland. I got there early, in time to watch batting practice (along with no more than a few hundred other people) from the rail by the Twins dugout, and managed to get Rod Carew's attention. I talked to him for a couple of minutes, and mentioned I was a high-school baseball player. He asked to see my batting stance, and swing. I showed him, and he gave me several tips. I don't remember exactly what he said, but I remember it as being intelligent and helpful. He seemed genuinely interested in helping me.

The fact that the AL batting champion would, unsolicited, offer a kid he'd never seen before batting tips made a huge impression on me, and I was a Carew fan for the rest of his career. I was the least surprized person in the world when he later became a respected batting coach...
   54. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 26, 2020 at 03:18 PM (#5933804)
Saw the Mets clinch the 2006 NLDS against the Dodgers in LA. That was pretty cool.

McGwire’s 50th (and 51st) HR during a doubleheader at Shea in 1998. A bit of a tainted memory now, but was pretty awesome at the time.

Saw Alomar / Vizquel turn a ridiculous game ending double play against the Yankees at some point in the mid-90s. Alomar made a diving backhanded stop and flipped it from his glove to Vizquel to start the DP.

Worst thing I saw at a game — when Nick Johnson broke his leg against the Mets.
   55. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 26, 2020 at 03:21 PM (#5933805)
Worst thing I saw at a game — when Nick Johnson broke his leg against the Mets.
I assume that had to have happened at least a few times - which one are you referring to?
   56. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 26, 2020 at 03:23 PM (#5933808)
I attended a Twins-A's game in Oakland. I got there early, in time to watch batting practice (along with no more than a few hundred other people) from the rail by the Twins dugout, and managed to get Rod Carew's attention. I talked to him for a couple of minutes, and mentioned I was a high-school baseball player. He asked to see my batting stance, and swing. I showed him, and he gave me several tips. I don't remember exactly what he said, but I remember it as being intelligent and helpful. He seemed genuinely interested in helping me.
That's awesome. Carew is by all accounts a good guy, as far as I know, and it's great that he's apparently back in good health.
   57. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 26, 2020 at 03:28 PM (#5933810)
I assume that had to have happened at least a few times - which one are you referring to?

I know you're joking, but this one.
   58. base ball chick Posted: March 26, 2020 at 04:06 PM (#5933826)
it was the beginning of september 2008 and the stros were on a roll, finally clicking after months of cecil cooper's lousy management skills. and the september callups were trying to look cool, like they been there done that

so in this game, don't even remember who it was against, this houston boy named mark saccomanno (who is zackly my age) got called to pinch hit in a 0-0 game, late, i think. and he was an older guy who had been having a great year at AAA but wasn't goin nowheres with the astros because lance berkman was already the 1B.

but he got that - pinch me i'm at an actual ML stadium in an actual ML uniform getting an actual ML AB - look on his face. And he hits the first pitch he sees over the fence. it was just great. He's tryin to run fast but not too fast and not hotdog it but he just can' bleeve it.

so that was great

almost tied with brian bogusevic hitting a walk off pinch hit grand slam offn the c*bs carlos marmol, who always broke the stros. it was a BAD inning for ol Los and he'd got the bases loaded and had a lefty comin up and unsure why the manager didn't pull him, but, hey, got to watch bogu (whose career the stros screwed BIG time) be a HeRo. That wasn't the same year BTW - bogu sat in the minors for years trying to pitch, which was beyond a disaster

almost tied with michael bourn scoring from second base on a berkman flyout - dude could really run
   59. Howie Menckel Posted: March 26, 2020 at 04:11 PM (#5933828)
this is your game, bbc

(since it's the only MLB HR Saccamanno ever hit)

ok, the Bogey one took a full minute (I see it was his second MLB HR)
:)

https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/HOU/HOU201108160.shtml
   60. Karl from NY Posted: March 26, 2020 at 04:44 PM (#5933838)
Bonds' 715th HR, to pass Babe Ruth. Just wild coincidence that it came on the right day for me, I'd planned that trip to CA and a Giants game before the season started.

That's the only historical event I ever saw. Next most memorable was the 2006 NL East clincher, that was fun, the entire train back to Manhattan was still cheering the whole way.
   61. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: March 26, 2020 at 06:08 PM (#5933855)
I was in the stands for this Yankees at Rangers game in July 1990 that Pete Incaviglia sent to extra innings with a 2-run HR in the bottom of the 9th and not-quite-yet-steroid-inflated Rafael Palmeiro won with a 2-run HR in the bottom of the 11th.

But the real reason 41,953 fans and I crowded into what is now the old OLD ballpark in Arlington was that it was Nolan Ryan's first attempt to win #300, a milestone he achieved in his next start on the road in Milwaukee.
   62. Walt Davis Posted: March 26, 2020 at 06:14 PM (#5933856)
He asked to see my batting stance, and swing. I showed him, and he gave me several tips.

Interesting given Carew had about a dozen stances varying on pitcher type, count, etc.

Bonds' 715th HR, to pass Babe Ruth. Just wild coincidence that it came on the right day for me, I'd planned that trip to CA and a Giants game before the season started.

Similar to how I saw his 600th. Friend and I were going to a conference out in Napa, stayed the night before in SF. We grabbed the concierge who of course was more than happy to help us get some overpriced scalped tix (before StubHub I think) and we got lucky. Nice seats too in one of the "clubby" sections with decent burgers and Anchor Steam. We caught an A's game on our way back from the conference.
   63. base ball chick Posted: March 26, 2020 at 07:18 PM (#5933866)
of course, i forgot - 10-4-01 at the Box when barry lamar effectively ended the career of one wilfredo rodriguez. last game i saw in person for a LONG time - too sick with all day long morning sickness, then too busy with 2 infants.

seems to be a lifetime ago. they grownass men already.

well, from the nose down
   64. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: March 26, 2020 at 07:45 PM (#5933873)
Living in a non-MLB city, I get to maybe one game a year. With that caveat, I've seen some pretty good stuff - Adrian Beltre's 300th (and 301st) homer is the biggest milestone, though I also missed his 3000th hit by one game (saw him get at least one chance at it the day before).

But the coolest thing for me personally? During the 2012 season, I was doing Game of the Day writeups in the dugout threads here, picking the best game based on a WPA-based formula. And the one game I saw in person that season was this one, which went from 2-0 to 4-2 to 5-4 to 5-5 in the first 7 innings... and then really got good. With the game tied, the Rangers left runners on the corners in the seventh, runners at second and third in the ninth, and runners at third in the tenth and eleventh. Toronto and Texas both left two on in the twelfth before the Jays finally broke the tie in the top of the thirteenth on an RBI single by a possible future Hall of Famer. Trailing by 2 going into the bottom of the inning, Kinsler/Andrus/Hamilton went walk-double-homer to end it. It was one of the 10 best games of the entire regular season, and it came at exactly the right time for me to fully appreciate it.
   65. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 26, 2020 at 08:17 PM (#5933878)
Watching Mickey Mantle hit two home runs over my head and over the CF wall in Griffith Stadium on opening day 1956, which made for 40% of the times that a ball had been hit over that wall in the 51 year history of the ballpark. Those two monster blasts launched what was to be his triple crown season.

I was at the Orioles' clinching WS win at the Vet in 1983, and was there for Cal's #2130 to tie Gehrig, but that power display by Mantle remains the most amazing feat I've ever witnessed in person at a ballpark. The last batter to reach that spot over the CF wall was Ted Williams, who also did it on opening day, in 1960. The first two to do it were Babe Ruth and Larry Doby.

3-Pirates 1979 game 7 win to complete the comeback against the O's. Memorial was so silent on the exit, it felt like leaving a funeral.

I suffered through that game as well. You might have added that it was pretty much raining through the whole nine innings, a constant light drizzle that to us O's fans felt like a thunderstorm.
   66. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 26, 2020 at 08:20 PM (#5933879)
4. I went to Red Sox Yankees game and went to piss and when I came back everyone in my section had been arrested and thrown out for fighting

Now that's the true highlight of this thread.
   67. Gch Posted: March 26, 2020 at 08:23 PM (#5933881)
I can think of a few MLB games I was at that are clearly bigger moments, but the coolest thing I ever saw happened in game 6 of the semi-finals of an independent league. I still can't believe this happened, I had to double-check the box score and a game recap just to make sure I got the details right.

It was a contentious series. Game 4 had a bench-clearing altercation that led to a one hour delay as a manager pulled his team off the field and onto their team bus. The commissioner had to intervene and convince them to return to the field to finish the game. The home squad for game 6 was down in the series 3-2 after losing game 5 to a pitcher who threw a 159 pitch complete game. Things looked somewhat bad, and things looked worse when the lineups were announced and the team's league MVP catcher wasn't in the starting lineup. Batting in his spot in the lineup was the team's 40-something player-manager, and an emergency catcher took his place in the field. Not the ideal lineup for an elimination game. This being indie baseball, word spread around the field that the MVP was unavailable because his boss wouldn't let him off work at his day job, and nobody knew when he might be able to get to the field. The visiting squad scored in the top of the first on a triple and a sac fly, and thinks looked bleak.

Like absolute magic, while the home squad started two-out rally in the bottom of the second, the MVP was seen dashing from the street down the hill that led to the field. He'd ditched his job and managed to get into his gear and to the bench just in time to pinch-hit in his spot in the lineup with the bases loaded and two outs. Naturally he hit the first pitch he saw for a grand slam. Home side went on to win game six in a blowout, then won game 7 on the road after falling behind 5-1, scoring 6 runs in the top of the 9th to turn a 5-4 deficit into a 10-6 win. They got swept in the finals but that playoff run was magic while it lasted.
   68. Arch Stanton Posted: March 26, 2020 at 09:26 PM (#5933895)
I have been to six MLB games in my life. (Sad, I know.) However, I was at a game which became famous.

I was at the game where Andre Dawson where threw bats on the field and Rob Dibble threw at Doug Dascenzo (July 23, 1991). My dad had to travel a lot because of his job (he hated that part of it), so when he built up enough frequent flier points, my mom and I would go the Chicago and watch the Cubs. (My mother is a saint.) So, we're at the game, and things are kind of normal. We're pretty far down the first base line, but they were still pretty good seats.

Then Dawson strikes out, loses his mind, and starts throwing bats on the field. Pretty soon, there are cups everywhere in the outfield, and my mom - who knows nothing about baseball - is asking me what might happen. I tell her there's a possibility of a forfeit. My favorite memory is the PA announcer imploring everyone to stop throwing cups on the field...at which point, a wave of cups flew onto the field.

And, then, the Dibble thing. I remember seeing it as if it was yesterday. I immediately started yelling to my mom, "He threw it at him on purpose!" It was incredible. The crowd, the shock of Dibble throwing at a runner...it all feels like yesterday.

It just goes to show you that the old saying is true: you never know what you're going to see when you go to a baseball game.
   69. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 26, 2020 at 10:02 PM (#5933902)
Another "cool" ballpark visit was at Wrigley Field, near the end of the 1991 season. The Expos stadium's roof had collapsed or something, and so they played their last 4 weeks on the road. And when they came to Chicago for a Sunday doubleheader that had originally been scheduled for Montreal, there hadn't been any advance ticket sales, so the Cubs just priced all their tickets at something like 5 bucks and you could sit anywhere you wanted. It was a cold and drizzly day, so only about 15,000 fans showed up, but for 5 bucks you could roam the entire grandstand upper and lower for 18 innings and sit in sections you'd never been in before. I don't even remember who won the games, but it was a ballpark experience I'll never forget.
   70. Howie Menckel Posted: March 26, 2020 at 10:40 PM (#5933905)
more Wrigley, have told this one before - and it has Dawson in it!

in one of a sea of annual Mets-Cubs Wrigley weekend trips, we're having a grand time pre-gaming when we notice the bar empty out. son of a.... the damn game was a 12:05 start, and it's 12:02!

we make it up to the bleachers and there is not a seat to be had. so it's Standing Room Only for us.

a couple of innings in, Howard Johnson hits a long HR over our heads in RF and onto the street (just feet away from the scene in Post 35). for reasons that escape me, I seem to be the only fan who is looking down on that street as it lands.

a local dude walking by catches it on one hard hop and looks up at the RF bleachers. I'm the dumbass looking at him. he yells, "Who hit it?"

"HO JO," I reply.

"Oh, no," he says - and then he tosses the ball from the street, over the bleachers, and toward the field.

"HEY DAWSON, LOOK OUT!" I yell.

The Hawk hears me, looks behind him - and nearly gets nailed with the fan's toss.

(I know the Wrigley renovations moved the back of the bleachers back a bit - and well, we as a country are softer now. can a random dude still throw a HR ball all the way onto the field? I almost hope not.)
   71. Jose Canusee Posted: March 26, 2020 at 11:05 PM (#5933910)
Some great memories you all put in, thanks OLE for starting this thread. I thought of Dave Lopes hitting an inside the parker for Oakland vs KC at the Coliseum,
https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/OAK/OAK198406180.shtml
which would have been #2 if Brandon Allen's triple w/ error had been ruled an inside the parker at a game I took my kids to many years later.
https://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/2011/B08170OAK2011.htm, a game that ended by pinch runner Blake Davis being nailed at the plate by defensive sub David De Jesus...forgot Hideki Matsui played for Oakland

#3-Ryan Vogelsong fouling a ball into the upper deck at Turner Field that rolled right by my feet for my first MLB souvenir ball, a game in which Chipper Jones did not start but hit an HR, but Brandon Crawford also did a Kirk Gibson by hitting one out after fouling one off his foot
https://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/2012/B07180ATL2012.htm
   72. ajnrules Posted: March 26, 2020 at 11:08 PM (#5933912)
Living in a non-MLB city, I get to maybe one game a year. With that caveat, I've seen some pretty good stuff - Adrian Beltre's 300th (and 301st) homer is the biggest milestone, though I also missed his 3000th hit by one game (saw him get at least one chance at it the day before).

I was at the Beltre 2,999th game you were at. I had actually gotten tickets for the final five games in the homestand so I was there the next day when Beltre got the milestone. That is probably the second best moment I've ever witnessed in person, although it sucked that the Rangers got annihilated 10-6.

Some other cool moments I got to see
-Albert Pujols's three home runs in Game 3 of the 2011 World Series
-Madison Bumgarner's first World Series win, in Game 4 of the 2010 World Series
-Justin Verlander's complete game victory (with 13 strikeouts) in Game 2 of the 2017 ALCS
-Ryan Zimmerman's first walk-off home run, against the Yankees
-Shin-Soo Choo breaking the record for home runs by an Asian-born player with a walk-off
   73. Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: March 26, 2020 at 11:25 PM (#5933915)
One more from the 1999 All Star Game but this wasn’t me, it was my roommate.

We were living in Lexington at the time (a few miles outside Boston). He was watching on TV when the jets for the flyover zoomed over our house. He said it was amazing, the sound of the jets just started to fade when they got louder again because he was hearing them on the TV broadcast.
   74. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 26, 2020 at 11:40 PM (#5933920)

I also saw Glendon Rusch combine with Armando Benitez on a 1-hitter in 2001, where the only hit was on a bunt by Otis Nixon in the first inning on which Lenny Harris made a throwing error, but they awarded Nixon a hit. It was probably the right call, but a decent 1B might have made the play, and if it had happened in the 8th or 9th instead, they probably wouldn't have ruled it a hit.

Also, my brother and I got to meet Terry Collins and chat with him in his office for a while after a Mets game. My buddy is related to Collins and helped arrange it for my brother's birthday. That was pretty cool.
   75. Howie Menckel Posted: March 27, 2020 at 12:24 AM (#5933922)
I also saw Glendon Rusch combine with Armando Benitez on a 1-hitter in 2001, where the only hit was on a bunt by Otis Nixon in the first inning on which Lenny Harris made a throwing error, but they awarded Nixon a hit.

that's actually much closer to being the only Mets no-hitter in history than the one where Johan Santana allowed a legit double down the left field line - just before replay was introduced to help prevent such frauds.
   76. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: March 27, 2020 at 08:47 AM (#5933959)
Oh, I was also at the game where Sosa hit his 500th home run. It landed a few rows in front of me. That was cool.

edit: and, in the original vein of the question... I was visiting a friend in LA in 1999. We went to Dodgers Stadium on the last game before the All-Star break. Dodgers-Mariners. And, the coolest thing happened. A gigantic brawl broke out.

This Game

AP article about it: Seven ejected in brawl
   77. Traderdave Posted: March 27, 2020 at 10:00 AM (#5933977)
This is all great stuff, please keep it going, Primates.
   78. SandyRiver Posted: March 27, 2020 at 10:06 AM (#5933979)
Watching Mickey Mantle hit two home runs over my head and over the CF wall in Griffith Stadium on opening day 1956, which made for 40% of the times that a ball had been hit over that wall in the 51 year history of the ballpark. Those two monster blasts launched what was to be his triple crown season.

That's really cool! For some reason the Yankees' "tape-measure" guy didn't offer numbers for those, only that the 1st was longer than the 2nd.

Saw Mantle put one well up into the 3rd tier in left, closer to the bleachers than to the foul pole, 1957 IIRC. From our upper deck seats behind 1st, we tracked it going up, saw it briefly and starkly against the night sky, then it "disappeared" and folks around us were convinced it had gone over the roof. We should've been looking at the fans in left - they were clapping and cheering but if the ball had actually left the ballpark they would've seen it and would've been jumping and going crazy.
   79. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 27, 2020 at 10:15 AM (#5933983)
I also saw Glendon Rusch combine with Armando Benitez on a 1-hitter in 2001, where the only hit was on a bunt by Otis Nixon in the first inning on which Lenny Harris made a throwing error, but they awarded Nixon a hit.
I saw Odalis Perez throw a 1-hitter where the only hit was an infield single by Corey Patterson. Have never seen a no-hitter.

ETA: April 26, 2002.
   80. base ball chick Posted: March 27, 2020 at 11:19 AM (#5934009)
Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: March 27, 2020 at 08:47 AM (#5933959)
Oh, I was also at the game where Sosa hit his 500th home run. It landed a few rows in front of me. That was cool.

edit: and, in the original vein of the question... I was visiting a friend in LA in 1999. We went to Dodgers Stadium on the last game before the All-Star break. Dodgers-Mariners. And, the coolest thing happened. A gigantic brawl broke out.

This Game

AP article about it: Seven ejected in brawl


- checked the links. what i find most incredible is that i remember all the players except for 1 - and looked at the ERA/;ERA+ of all the pitchers listed and all but 1 were over 5. checking from 1996, i see that 216 innings of 5.05 ERA with 1.46 WHIP and 6 K/9 added up to a 101 ERA+

and a couple of hitters whose OPS+ never came near 100 for their entire career

- if we are including games we saw on tv as well as there in person, then wily mo pena hitting a cookie offn brandon duckworth 505' out of the GAB into the river has to count high. funny when there are lists of hitters who hit the baseball over 500' that particular one is never included.
   81. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: March 27, 2020 at 11:39 AM (#5934020)
bbc, I know exactly which home run you are talking about. It didn't go out of the park though. Only Dunn's blast off of Jose Lima has done that, I believe It landed near the top row of the bleacher section as far and as high from home plate as it is possible to be in Great American Ballpark in fair territory. Honestly, it was probably more impressive than Dunn's. I have sat out in that top row before and it is so far from home plate...

Photo of GABP It landed in the top few rows under that John Morrell sign in left-center.

edit: In comparison, Dunn's went out pretty close to the 404' sign, over the batter's eye building (note, when he hit it, that Cincinnati Bell Riverboat party deck had not been built yet). Bounced on the concourse behind there and then out of the stadium, bounced off the street behind the stadium and ended up down by the river.
   82. base ball chick Posted: March 27, 2020 at 12:26 PM (#5934044)
that is interesting. i was watching the game live and the announcer said that it left the stadium and was 505'

that >500' thingy is sure elusive. a whole lot of 497s. i think that dunn hit a couple homers over 500' in his career

i sure would like to know how far the balls would go if they hadn't hit something (seat, wall)

i remember lance berkman once smashed the covah offn the ball at the BOB and hit the batters eye WAAAAAY up and the announcer said 450' and i said NO WAY (well, there was an adjective i left out). at the 04 all star game, he hit homers (he batted righty) clear out of the stadium in LF (to the right of the crawford boxes)onto crawford st and i sure would love to know how far THOSE went
   83. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: March 27, 2020 at 12:43 PM (#5934057)
I just watched it on youtube. it isn't high def, so, it is hard to tell. maybe it did go to the right of the bleacher section and hti on the concourse behind. I also came across a HR that i had totallyforgotten about. Juan Francisco hit one over the Sun/Moon deck section and out of the park.
   84. Howie Menckel Posted: March 27, 2020 at 12:45 PM (#5934060)
I was sitting behind home plate for Mo Vaughn's 505-foot bomb at Shea Stadium in 2002.

a pet peeve of mine is fans who start roaring at every fly ball, rather than instantly looking at the outfielders. if they ain't sprinting - or staring over their heads - you just cheered yourself into a fly out.

but when Vaughn hit this one, for the only time in my life I jumped right out of my seat at the crack of the bat and yelled "HOLY ####!" it startled my wife's family, who were visiting from Indiana.

the ball hit toward the top of the Budweiser CF scoreboard - and pounded it so hard that the LED lighting got all woozy, as if it was wounded.

and it was - you could see the dent he put in the board.

here it is here...
(the best of all the replays comes at the 1-minute mark.)
   85. Howie Menckel Posted: March 27, 2020 at 01:10 PM (#5934076)
Tuffy Rhodes game airing NOW on MLB Network.
   86. SandyRiver Posted: March 27, 2020 at 03:21 PM (#5934159)
Hardest hit ball I ever saw was probably by Orlando Cepeda at the Polo grounds in 1963. (SF 17-5, typical.) Our seats were behind home and midway in the upper deck. The liner quickly reached the facing at the base of the upper deck about 50' left of the "clubhouse notch" in center, a spot perhaps 430' from home and 35' above the grass. From our vantage point, it never got high enough to be silhouetted against the sky - probably topped out at about 75' above the field.
   87. Baldrick Posted: March 27, 2020 at 03:27 PM (#5934164)
Number one by a long distance: I was there for the Matt Cain perfect game.

I was also there for Ken Griffey Jr.'s first game (he doubled in his first AB). I was also there for the final game at the Kingdome, whatever that's worth.
   88. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 27, 2020 at 03:40 PM (#5934173)
I was also at a Yankees-Mariners game in 1996 where the crowd collectively set the world record for the largest Macarena dance, led by Chita (not Mariano) Rivera. This game. Seattle won, 6-5, and I think our Macarena record was broken like a week later at another sporting event.
   89. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 27, 2020 at 03:48 PM (#5934176)
I was also at a Yankees-Mariners game in 1996 where the crowd collectively set the world record for the largest Macarena dance
I would not necessarily admit this in public.
   90. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 27, 2020 at 03:57 PM (#5934181)

I mean, we didn't go there for the Macarena.
   91. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 27, 2020 at 04:07 PM (#5934184)
If you participated, you were part of the problem. I assume you did not turn your back in protest.
   92. Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: March 27, 2020 at 04:15 PM (#5934190)
I was at Matt Wieters' first game. Not quite Griffey's first game, but at the time I was convinced that it was going to be. I've even got a photo of Wieters running down the first baseline and a rainbow appearing above the stadium. Didn't turn out to be as prophetic as I thought.
   93. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 27, 2020 at 04:31 PM (#5934200)

Come on, #91. I'm hip. I'm cool...
   94. ajnrules Posted: March 27, 2020 at 07:27 PM (#5934276)
I saw Odalis Perez throw a 1-hitter where the only hit was an infield single by Corey Patterson. Have never seen a no-hitter.

Same. The only one-hitter I saw in person was so close to being something so much more. It was the game where Jorge Lopez of all people took a perfect game to the ninth. Then he walked Max Kepler to end the perfect game. Then he gave up a single to Robbie Grossman to end the no-hitter. Then Wily Peralta came on and allowed a sacrifice fly to end the shutout.

But for eight innings, the possibilities seemed endless.
   95. Doug Jones threw harder than me Posted: March 27, 2020 at 11:18 PM (#5934331)
I got to see Mike Fiers' no hitter last year. The game was delayed because of electrical problems for at least an hour, a lot of people left, and other folks left half-way-through because it had gotten so late. And I had great seats. It was really cool.

I got to see the Tim Hudson versus Barry Zito game last year. It was a great game, it was wild and crazy, and you could see both of them just battling to stay in the game. After they both left both teams' bullpens both blew up.

I got to see Game 5 of the 2017 World Series, won 13-12 by the Astros. Wow that was a great game.

I got to see the one of the last games Randy Johnson pitched as a Mariner. It didn't seem like he was into it. It was no wonder when he turned it around for Houston later that year.

Two games I remember really well - the one game I saw at Wrigley Field, it was great to watch Jim Edmonds play centerfield for the Cardinals, and I remember a game Mike Oquist came into a game against the 1998 Yankees with the bases loaded. He had almost nothing (he never had anything), but was holding it together, and nearly struck out Bernie Williams, then Bernie knocked it out of the park. The 1998 Yankees were truly a murders row.

   96. Toby Posted: March 28, 2020 at 11:10 AM (#5934403)
I was also there for Nomo’s no-hitter at Camden Yards, his Red Sox debut, April 2001.

Very next year, the Sox were again at Camden Yards in early April, nearly saw lightning strike twice. Derek Lowe took a no-hitter into the seventh. If I recall correctly, he lost the no-hitter on a dribbler up the third base line that became an infield single.
   97. Howie Menckel Posted: March 28, 2020 at 11:46 AM (#5934417)
Number one by a long distance: I was there for the Matt Cain perfect game.

my nephew's new bride was there. she confesses that she still has no idea what she saw. not a big sports fan, but she's very social and enjoyed it immensely nonetheless.

Ever see that "Home Run Apple" at Shea Stadium and now CitiField beyond the LF fence that pops up after each Mets home run?

I was there in 2008, at Shea, when Ryan Church's home run landed IN the apple! it was the first time - not sure if it was the last.
   98. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 28, 2020 at 01:07 PM (#5934451)
ESPN is showing Roger Clemens’ 20-K game from 1986. I didn’t realize how much of an assist he got from the ump- he got about 5 inches off the plate outside.
   99. Baldrick Posted: March 28, 2020 at 01:24 PM (#5934454)
my nephew's new bride was there. she confesses that she still has no idea what she saw. not a big sports fan, but she's very social and enjoyed it immensely nonetheless.

I went with one friend who is a huge baseball friend, and two friends who were 'go to a couple games a year because the park is nice' fans. Me and the other big fan were trying to communicate what was happening (and why the crowd was going nuts about a game that was like 8-0 after three innings) without jinxing it. We eventually caved because we realized that they only vaguely got 'no hitter' and definitely didn't understand 'perfect game.'
   100. Howie Menckel Posted: March 28, 2020 at 01:39 PM (#5934463)
I have told the story of being at a Houlihan's (don't judge me!) for Game 6 of the 1986 World Series (before attending Game 7, per my Post 35) with a gal I was quite smitten with (we dated until 1990, in fact).

she was excited to be in the midst of so many excited people at the bar and wanted to know what the big deal was. and yes, it was a futile effort to explain.

I remember being ahead of my time in explaining to her how critical it was to the Mets' chances in the 9th for the first batter to get on base. with 2 outs and nobody on, I told her that all was nearly lost.

"then why are all these Mets fans still so excited?" she asked.

"fan is short for 'fanatic'," I replied. "they root, even against all odds."

and then the #### got real.
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