As 2020 mercifully comes to an end, I am holding out hope of attending baseball games in person next year! Nothing beats hearing the sound of the ball hitting the bat or a glove, or enjoying a hotdog or a chicken bucket.
Going to baseball games is an American tradition and one that was badly missed in 2020. I have been fortunate to attend many baseball games and it’s fun to think back at the best game I attended.
April 23rd, 2000 – SkyDome, Toronto Canada
In the early 2000s, I found myself living just north of Toronto, Canada. My family moved to Canada for my dad’s job, and we were a few Yankees fans deep in Blue Jay territory. Any time the Yankees were in town, my family would try and get tickets. Over Easter weekend in 2000, we were fortunate to attend a game that would go down in baseball history.
The game started off quickly for the Yanks as Bernie Williams, batting from the left side, started the scoring with a two run homer in the bottom of the first. However, Toronto would come roaring back with three of their own in the bottom of the inning to take the lead. Now down 3-2, Jorge Posada strolled to the plate in the second inning and batting from the left side blasted his own home run.
The score would remain 3-3 until the fourth inning when Toronto brought in left-handed reliever Clayton Andrews. Bernie, now batting as a righty, would crush a pitch off the restaurant windows in straightaway center. Two batters later, the now right-handed Jorge Posada would hit his own home run to center and baseball history was made.
In the history of baseball, it is rare for a switch hitter to homer twice in the same game from both sides of the plate. Before Bernie and Jorge, teammates had never accomplished that feat.
What games have you seen in person?
Watching Bernie and Jorge both homer from both sides of the plate will always stay with me. And with so many great games in Yankees history, I wanted to know what games you’ve seen in person! Did you witness Jeter’s dive? Or maybe you were in the stadium for Didi’s home run to tie things against the Twins?