The box score from your first ball game
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What did you see at your first ballgame?

8/3/12 in MLB   |   GFortier   |   520 respect

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As with most moments of inspiration, I'm not sure what exactly precipitated it, but I found myself searching online for  the box score from the first ever ballgame I saw live. Having just a couple of things to go on, I was thrilled to find the game in my memory with ease. 

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:

Kenny Lofton
Julio Franco
Albert Belle
Eddie Murray
Manny Ramirez
Carlos Baerga
Tony Peña
Alvaro Espinoza
Omar Vizquel

... 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. 


 
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8/4/12   |   w_g_walters   |   221 respect

I have no idea when the game was, but it was Mets at Astros in the late '70s. Jose Cruz hit a walkoff HR to in the 13th to where we sat. Unfortunately, we were in the parking lot because my Dad insisted on leaving against all our wishes. angry

8/3/12   |   GFortier   |   520 respect



why is he wearing jeans and a polo on a baseball card?

8/3/12   |   Dan_B   |   1066 respect

GFortier wrote:
Danny Tartabull! For some reason I've always found him a hilarious player to look back on. Maybe because he's a name that only a certain kind of baseball fan remembers. Maybe because he was in that one episode of Seinfeld.

If I'm not mistaken you also caught the Royals while they were still wearing their powder blue uniforms. I know that they still wore them on the road in RBI Baseball '94 for Sega, which marks the beginning of everything I know about baseball.

Tartabull also had that awesome batting stance with the bat over his head...

8/3/12   |   GFortier   |   520 respect

Dan_B wrote:
Wow -- this is the coolest story I've seen in a while. I'll never forget my first game. I was 4, and according to my dad, I couldn't take my eyes off the field. My dad is from Kansas City, and I grew up in New York and it was a Yankees-Royals game in 1992. George Brett and Don Mattingly each went 4-for-5 in an 11-9 Yankees win. How cool is that?

I found the box score online. Here were the starting lineups:
Kansas City:
Gregg Jeffries, 5
Keith Miller, 4
George Brett, DH
Wally Joyner, 3
Mike Macfarlane, 2
Jim Eisenreich, 7
Juan Samuel, 9
Brian McRae, 8
David Howard, 6
Hipolito Pichardo, 1

New York:
Bernie Williams, 8
Dion James, 7
Don Mattingly, 3
Danny Tartabull, DH
Mel Hall, 9
Randy Velarde, 5
Matt Nokes, 2
Andy Stankiewicz, 6
Pat Kelly, 4
Scott Kamieniecki, 1

Sept. 12, 1992. 

Danny Tartabull! For some reason I've always found him a hilarious player to look back on. Maybe because he's a name that only a certain kind of baseball fan remembers. Maybe because he was in that one episode of Seinfeld.

If I'm not mistaken you also caught the Royals while they were still wearing their powder blue uniforms. I know that they still wore them on the road in RBI Baseball '94 for Sega, which marks the beginning of everything I know about baseball.

8/3/12   |   Dan_B   |   1066 respect

Wow -- this is the coolest story I've seen in a while. I'll never forget my first game. I was 4, and according to my dad, I couldn't take my eyes off the field. My dad is from Kansas City, and I grew up in New York and it was a Yankees-Royals game in 1992. George Brett and Don Mattingly each went 4-for-5 in an 11-9 Yankees win. How cool is that?

I found the box score online. Here were the starting lineups:
Kansas City:
Gregg Jeffries, 5
Keith Miller, 4
George Brett, DH
Wally Joyner, 3
Mike Macfarlane, 2
Jim Eisenreich, 7
Juan Samuel, 9
Brian McRae, 8
David Howard, 6
Hipolito Pichardo, 1

New York:
Bernie Williams, 8
Dion James, 7
Don Mattingly, 3
Danny Tartabull, DH
Mel Hall, 9
Randy Velarde, 5
Matt Nokes, 2
Andy Stankiewicz, 6
Pat Kelly, 4
Scott Kamieniecki, 1

Sept. 12, 1992.