Flashback: July 21, 1988

One of the most infamous trades in Yankees history occurred on this date way back in 1988. Principal owner George Steinbrenner, before he was suspended and before he mellowed out a bit, traded Jay Buhner, Rick Balabon, and a player to be named later (Troy Evers on October 12, 1988) to the Mariners for Ken Phelps. We all know how everything worked out because there have been many articles and blog posts written about the trade. Phelps and Buhner even got together to shoot a video reminiscing about it last year. But, we also know that the best thing to come out of that trade was this moment from an episode of Seinfeld called "The Caddy" that aired on January 25, 1996, a date which happened to be only a few months after Buhner's Mariners knocked the Yankees out of the 1995 American League Division Series. By the way, Buhner batted .458 in that series because of course he did.

I remember getting into an 'online' argument with someone from Seattle around 2000 or 2001 about the trade. She was making fun of the Yankees for it and I retorted with the tried and true, "Yeah, look at all of those championships Seattle has won with Buhner and look at all of the years the Yankees have missed the playoffs since then. Oh wait..."

Sure, the trade was bad when it happened. Ken Phelps didn't do that well when he came over to New York and was traded to the A's just over a year later. Jay Buhner, who was 10 years younger than Phelps, became a pretty good player for the Mariners and helped them get to the playoffs a number of times. But, honestly, in the grand scheme of things, I think the trade was worth it for just for that clip from Seinfeld alone.

Enjoy your day.