Happy 50th Birthday, Paul O’Neill!

Today is Paul O’Neill’s 50th birthday, I know, I can’t believe it either and to honor him, I thought I’d post the video that would make anyone cry: It’s the infamous “Paul O’Neill” chant that erupted during the top of the ninth inning of Game Five of the 2001 World Series.

Yankee fans knew that game would be the last time they’d see O’Neill in a home uniform, in Yankee Stadium and the result is truly amazing. Even Joe Buck was astonished by what the New York fans did that night.

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Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money and co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast.

7 thoughts on “Happy 50th Birthday, Paul O’Neill!

  1. Stacy, you just made us all simultaneously feel old and cry. But we will still come back for more tomorrow.

    • Good. I don't want to chase people away from the site. And you're not alone, I feel old too.

  2. Thanks for the reminder, Stacey. That was a magical night, not least because of the chant. It was (and still is) my favorite Stadium game – especially what followed, with Scott Brosius' 9th inning tying homer landing about ten feet in front of me and the game winner next inning. Definitely one of the best birthday presents I ever got.

    • I was there the night before when Tino hit the HR to tie and Jeter hit the HR to win. I permanently damaged my voice that night but it was so worth it. I missed the end of Game 5 because I was driving down to Wilmington NC for a trip I had delayed because of Game 4 being pushed back. I found out the next morning that the Yankees had won and when I saw how it happened, I couldn't believe it.

      What a series.

      • I remember thinking, as Game 7 began, that whoever won that game would have earned the World Series. And I would have gladly accepted the end-game situation of Mo on the mound with the game on the line. It still hurts a little, but goes to show once again that hot relievers have come and gone but nobody compares to Mo.