[iframe width="100%" height="400" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gfREpwb6mPM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen] There was something about David Wells as a Yankee. He only played on the team for 4 non-consecutive years of above-average, but rarely elite, performance, but I think he looms larger in all of our collective consciousnesses than a lot of longer-tenured Yankees. He was fun to watch, a member of maybe the best Yankee team ever, and was a steady pitching force in a time of booming offense.
And the perfect game didn't hurt either.
It's hard to write about the perfect game. It happened. The game came in May, before we all knew how special the 1998 Yankees would be. Wells struck out 11 and didn't allow a baserunner. 7th grade me was screaming at the television.
Instead of writing something long and pithy, here are some great anecdotes from the game, mostly courtesy of Baseball Almanac:
- It was Beanie Baby day.
- Don Larson and David Wells went to the same High School.
- David Cone approached David Wells in the seventh inning and said, "I told him it was time to break out the knuckleball, he let out a big laugh. That told me he needed it."
- Wells: "In the seventh inning, I started getting really nervous. I knew what was going on, I was hoping the fans would kind of shush a little bit. They were making me nervous."
- Wells himself admits to having a hangover to start the game.
- LaTroy Hawkins started the game.