My Top Three Part 1: Regular Season Games

In this time of quarantine, one of the things we’ve used to distract ourselves is that “you can only pick three” game going around on various social media sites. It’s a silly time waster and ultimately meaningless as none of us will ever have to “pick three” of our favorite forms of entertainment or whatever, but here’s one set of my top three, with others to follow: regular season games.

First up on the list, at least chronologically speaking, is September, 18, 1995. This random September game against the Blue Jays was the first Yankee game I ever attended. There is very little I remember from it, frankly, aside from about where our seats were–lower level, third base line–that I took the above picture with my dad, that there was some guy next to us yelling about how long and dull the game was (he wasn’t wrong, apparently, as there was no scoring till late) and that Willie Randolph, the third base coach at the time, should be the next Yankee manager.

In terms of on the field performance, I don’t remember David Cone pitching as well as he did. All that I remember is Don Mattingly hitting a ball that almost got out over the wall in right field but didn’t and he got thrown out at second because he had kinda started trotting already.

Regardless of what I do and don’t remember, I was a budding baseball fan at the time and my love for the game only increased from then on.

A side note: is it coincidence that the ‘314’ sign is very visible in this picture? Absolutely. But is it more fun to pretend it was a sign of things to come? Absolutely.

Next, again chronologically speaking, we move to August 4, 2007. This game stands out despite it being one of the few I left early. Why did I leave early? Because it was about 950 degrees in the upper deck that day and by the 7th, my friend and I were fried. But why does the game stand out? Because in the first inning, Alex Rodriguez hit his 500th career home run.

He had been stuck on the 499 mark for a while and even though we all knew it would come, I didn’t think it would during the game I attended. When the ball went into the air, my friend and I were both up on our feet, jumping, screaming in unison, “GO! GO! GO! GO!” We waved our arms frantically towards the left field fence, went still and silent for a second as the ball passed over the wall, then screamed again, jumping and hugging as it landed in the seats.

To this day, it’s the only milestone game I’ve been to and probably the only one I’ll ever go to (statistically speaking); luckily, it was a milestone for one of my favorite players ever. That I got to share it with a good friend, someone whom I’ve known since 10th grade and ended up in my wedding party, made it all the better.

Last, but not least, we have a record-setting game: August 25, 2011. In this game, the Yankees hit three grand slams, one each by Robinson Cano, Russell Martin, and Curtis Granderson. Though they won 22-8, they were, at one point, down 7-1 because, and I’m quoting my own recap here “Phil Hughes couldn’t get out of the third and Cory Wade gave up a two run homer.”

I remember driving home from work, turning the radio off because I was so frustrated by the game. As soon as I got home, though, things changed. The final grand slam, the one by Curtis Granderson, came as I was clearing the dinner table and I remember laughing in the kitchen, amused by the absurdity of the situation–another grand slam.

There might be other games I’m note recalling here, but these were the first three that came to mind when thinking of a ‘pick three’ scenario. What are your ‘pick three’ regular season games? Leave them in the comments and let’s Remember Some Games.

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4 Comments

  1. Shane

    August 16th 2008
    My second game in Yankee stadium. I went to the game the day before but there was a very long rain delay and my body was still adjusting to a red eye flight.

    Sidney Ponson starts against the Royals. And I saw Mo pitch for the first time in a tie game. Eventually, the Yankees win with a walk off ground ball single by a very fast outfielder named Brett Gardner.

    Number 2

    June 20th 2002
    Yankees vs Rockies
    My first time seeing the Yankees live. Roger Clemens for a hit, then Giambi hit a massive bomb to RF in Coors field. Robin Ventura followed with a HR. Yankees lost on a walk off 3 run homer that I do not remember at all.

    Number 3

    Yankees Vs Phillies game 6 2009
    This is the first World Series I can remember watching and rooting for the Yankees. Loved that postseason so much.

  2. I’ve been fortunate enough to be at many milestone games but the 3 that stand out are
    1. Aaron Boone game, enough said
    2. 1995 ALDS, First game, Donnies first playoff game, loudest game ever.
    3. Bernie Williams walk off HR in 1999 ALCS, RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW!

  3. vc_11

    Ok, I’ll start! Happy Easter, everyone! I’ll do a little variety here:

    1) A game I attended: September 10th, 2014 – The Yankees fell behind the Rays early 4-0 and I feared my long streak of seeing the Yankees win games I attended was about to end. In the fourth inning, Chris Young (!) tied the game with a solo homer to left field that I was three inches away from catching. It was the only time I’ve ever been on TV at a Yankees game. Thankfully, the Yankees went on to win 8-5 and my streak would live for 5 more years, until Game 4 of the ALCS against the Asterisks.
    2) A miraculous comeback: April 28th, 2017 – This was the night the Baby Bombers were born. The Yanks fell behind the O’s (!) 9-1 (!!) by the top of the sixth. They crawled to within 9-4, but Bryan Mitchell (#^$%) gave up two more runs in the top of the seventh. In the last known evidence of his human existence, Jacoby Ellsbury (!!!) drew the Yankees to 11-8 with a grand slam (!!!!) in the bottom of the seventh. Starlin Castro then tied the game in the bottom of the ninth with his best Reggie Jackson one-knee swing. Old Man Holliday won it with a three-run shot in the tenth.
    3) History. Just History: July 18th, 1999 – Yogi Berra Day. I was 11 years old and my dad and I were home watching the beginning of the game on TV before we had to go to the country club pool where my mom was the manager. We watched the pregame festivities and joked how cool it would be if Cone threw a perfect game when you had Yogi back home and Don Larsen in the house. When Paul O’Neill made a sliding catch in the first, Dad turned to me and said “That’s the catch that’s going to save the perfect game.” By the time we got to the pool, and after the rain delay, Dad, me, and a handful of other Yankee fans were huddled around the car radio in my parents’ 1995 Mercury Mystique. When Ledee lost the ball in the sun and John stuttered on his call, we collectively had a near-heart attack. When Brosius caught the last out, I started running in circles like a lunatic and fell to the ground ripping up the grass and laughing. Mom let me make an announcement over the pool’s PA system that Cone had thrown a perfect game.

  4. Eric Scheinkopf

    My favorite game was the 3,000 hit game – I did not expect to see it that day but was doing a day trip from Maryland – once the Captain got his 2,999th in the first inning i thought today would be the day.

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