Countdown To Spring Training: 10

(Syndicated from Second Place Is Not An Option)

I thought this would be a fun trip down memory lane.

We’re at 10 in our countdown to Spring Training and I wanted to share these two videos I found on YouTube of Phil Rizzuto – the most famous of the #10’s in Pinstripe history – and his broadcast partner Bill White, entertaining Yankee fans during a rain delay in 1986.

Do you remember when they didn’t go back to a studio during rain delays and when the broadcasters at the Stadium were the ones to talk us through the delays? I miss those days.

In the first video, the delay begins. Rizzuto and White talk about the game and the in-game action up until the delay. They also show the out of town scores – remember when the Angels were the California Angels? I do.

In the second video, Rizzuto is trying to get the legendary Harmon Killebrew to come on the air – the Yankees were playing the Twins and Rizzuto was recalling Killebrew’s playing days. Alas, Killebrew didn’t join the but it’s amusing to see Rizzuto calling out to him while live on the air.

This is classic stuff. Enjoy!

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.