It was the Yankees versus the Indians at the old Yankee Stadium. It was either in '96 or '97. The score was 5-4 (funny, I could recall the score but wasn't entirely sure who won.) Manny Ramirez, a young phenom at the time, hit the ball way out over the left center field wall. That's all I remembered, and it led me to this:
My first ballgame
I was delighted to see that that it was Andy Pettitte, in his second year in the bigs, who started and won the game. Bernie Williams had a big day at the plate. Mariano Rivera pitched 2 and 2/3 innings, giving up 1 run. Derek Jeter, a rookie, pinch hit late in the game and grounded out. Wade Boggs was our leadoff hitter for some reason, and John Wetteland completed a 4 out save.
Looking back into the other dugout, I, just 7 years old at the time, had no idea what a powerhouse Cleveland was. Check out this lineup:
... phew. How a world series eluded Cleveland during this span is incredible.
Anyways, I had such a good time looking back at my first game, I thought I'd share and possibly inspire others to do so as well. I'm sure many of you actually have the original scorecard. It's nice to take a step back and remember what started us on our love of sports; why there've been days where you watch Sportscenter on loop three times, why you'll cut costs in the bread aisle but gladly plop down a couple hundred dollars on good seats at a game, and why you spend countless hours clicking around FanIQ.
Post your first box scores below.