IIATMS Top Moment #13: David Wells’ perfect game

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.
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Monday Morning Food For Thought: A Trade Opportunity Across Town

All in all, I’d say it’s been a pretty smooth start to the 2015 season for the Yankees.  All the important players are healthy, A-Rod has been a positive in every way, and the farm system has showed why it’s considered on the upswing.  The Chris Capuano injury is unfortunate, but not a mortal blow.

Things haven’t been going quite so well in Mets camp.  Their ownership continues to embarrass the organization at every turn, they still don’t have a shortstop, they have early injuries barking in their rotation, most notably Zack Wheeler’s elbow problem, and they’ve had even bigger injury problems in their bullpen.  The most recent one there is to lefty reliever Josh Edgin, who will have season-ending elbow surgery this week.  The Mets, who were already real thin at lefty before Edgin’s injury, are now dangerously thin there with 3 weeks to go until Opening Day.

You know who’s not thin in the left-handed relief department?  The Yankees.  …

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Open Thread – Spring Training Game 15

Today’s game against the Phillies is not on TV. I checked YES’s schedule, MLBN’s schedule and mlb.tv’s schedule and it’s not available on any of them. I also had someone else double check to make sure and I was right so we’re making this an open thread/game thread.

You can talk about the game if you’re able to keep track of it on Twitter or if you’re near a radio and listening to John and Suzyn on WFAN. If you are listening to the radio, provide us with play by play. (Kidding.)

Here’s the lineup you won’t be able to see:

Ellsbury 8
Gardner 7
Teixeira 3
McCann 2
Headley 5
Jones 9
Drew 4
Gregorius 6

Eovaldi 1

Or you can talk about whatever you want in this thread if you can’t keep track of the game. Just remember to be nice to your fellow IIATMS readers.

Enjoy the afternoon!

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The IIATMS Top 20 Countdown Recap: Moments 20-14

If you’re any kind of regular reader of this site, I assume you’re a Yankee fan.  If you do consider yourself a Yankee fan, there’s absolutely no reason you shouldn’t be reading and following our ongoing IIATMS Top 20 Moments countdown.  The era covered is the most recent one, the Jeter years of 1996-2014, so the memories are fresher for all of us than they might be for moments from further back.  That said, I’ve picked up on some different things that I didn’t notice at the time in reading and writing these posts, because I was in my adolescent and early-to-mid teen years for most of the moments.  In that respect, the countdown has been a way for me to refresh and update my memories and that’s pretty cool.

Before we get back into the countdown tomorrow, I’d like to give everybody a chance to catch up on any and all of the first 7 moments that we’ve covered.  Here, in order, are moments 20-14:

20) Roger Clemens Throws a Bat at Mike Piazza in Game 2 of the 2000 World Series – Stacey

19) Jason Giambi’s Walk-Off Grand Slam vs.

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Sunday Morning News And Notes: 3/15/15

Good Sunday morning to you, Yankee fans.  Hope your weekends have been enjoyable so far, and I hope many will be sharing my Sunday plan of sitting around in sweatpants watching sports all day.  Here’s what you missed if you were productive yesterday:

– The Yanks split their split-squad games yesterday, beating the Tigers 4-1 behind Michael Pineda and losing to the Blue Jays 1-0 behind Esmil Rogers.  Pineda tossed 3 hitless, scoreless innings in his outing while Rogers gave up 3 hits in his 3 scoreless.  They combined to strike out 7.

Alex Rodriguez was back at third base in the Rogers game, and he went 1-3 with a well-hit single off the wall in right field, a 3-pitch strikeout, and a flyout.  He keeps putting good at-bats together, he looks as good as you’d expect a soon-to-be 40-year-old with his injury history to look physically, and it seems like the NY papers are starting to lose some of their anti-A-Rod steam.  …

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Open thread: Yanks win, Yanks lose and Al Rosen passes away

The Yankees beat the Tigers at home, 4-1 and they lost to the Blue Jays on the road, 1-0.


Oh and A-Rod was booed in Dunedin. Some people are acting like this is newsworthy. Some people = the writers who were covering that game. Newsflash: A-Rod’s always been booed. It dates back to pre-steroid admissions so I’m really not sure what the big deal is. If the opposing fans were to chant his name and give him a standing ovation, then it would be newsworthy. Right?

And some sad news to pass on. Al Rosen, who won the American League M.V.P. in 1953 and who served as President and CEO of the Yankees from 1978-79, died yesterday at the age of 91.

From the AP:

Rosen played his entire career with Cleveland from 1947 to 1956. He was a member of the Indians’ 1948 World Series title team — playing only five games that season and getting one at-bat in the series win over the Boston Braves.

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Spring Training Games 13 and 14: A split squad day!

Big thanks to our friends at Pinstripe Alley for tweeting this bad boy out:


As you can see, you have a nice mix of regulars and not-regulars (as of yet) on both squads and you will also see that Al from Miami will be playing in his first road game of the Spring. It had to happen eventually because if he’s going to play this season he’s going to have to deal with the fans on the road being slightly more obnoxious than some of the home fans. See what I did there? I’m just disappointed about that game not being on TV locally but I do understand why it’s not on YES so you don’t have to explain it to me. [UPDATE: The Yankees/Blue Jays road game featuring A-Rod manning 3B Base will be on at 11 PM Eastern on MLB Network. -SG]

Speaking of YES, we get to watch Big Mike (Michael Pineda) take the mound at Steinbrenner Field.…

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Spring Training Game 12: Warren’s audition for the fifth starter?

The Yankees are traveling down to Fort Myers to play the Red Sox. Well, some of them are. Fort Myers is a bit of a hike from Tampa so a lot of the regulars are understandably skipping this trip. Plus it’s a night game. Would you want to be on a bus for two hours after a night game? Probably not especially if you’re making more than a million bucks a year.

Here’s your lineup, second string and relievers courtesy of the Lohud Yankees Blog (I apologize for being so lazy but copying and pasting is so much easier than typing things out.):
Ramon Flores RF
Chris Young CF
Garrett Jones 1B
Brian McCann DH
John Ryan Murphy C
Rob Refsnyder 2B
Slade Heathcott LF
Jonathan Galvez 3B
Nick Noonan SS

RHP Adam Warren

Today’s second string: C Gary Sanchez, 1B Greg Bird, 2B Tyler Wade, SS Cito Culver, 3B Cole Figueroa, LF Jake Cave, CF Mason Williams, RF Aaron Judge, DH Tyler Austin

Today’s scheduled relievers: Chasen Shreve, Jose Ramirez, Jacob Lindgren, Branden Pinder, Nick Goody

Here’s Boston’s lineup (which I had to type out.…

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 3/13/15

Another busy week this week, although at least I had more time to do my regular reading rounds.  Good batch of links this week.  Let’s get right to them.

– On Monday, Derek Albin of Pinstripe Pundits took a fun look back at the history of starting pitchers who have failed to record an out in a game.  Well, fun for us.  Probably wasn’t for them.

– Tanya Bondurant of Pinstripe Alley rated the roster-making chances of the position players in camp after the first week of ST.

– On Tuesday, Chad Jennings of LoHud had the deets on Chase Whitley working a curveball back into his pitch mix this spring.  Wouldn’t be bad to see him add another offspeed offering.

– On Wednesday, Daniel Burch of The Greedy Pinstripes mused on the possibility of Stephen Drew returning to his average levels of production this year.

– Andrew Marchand of ESPN NY had the list of takeaways from the presser introducing Hideki Matsui as one of Cash’s new special advisors.…

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