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Cal’s Last Game at The Stadium

The fifth home game at Yankee Stadium after 9.11 was Cal Ripken Day. Here’s my scorecard. The game ended in a 1-1 tie, called due to rain. It was a cold, miserable day. I remember seeing cops on the roof of the Stadium behind the lights. They looked like prison guards.

Ripken gave a short speech before the game, saluted all the famous Yankees, including Jeffrey Maier which prompted boos and laughs. During the National Anthem, the crowd joined in, slowly at first, low but firm. “Oh, say does that…” It gave me the chills. The city was still under the perishable spell of togetherness that existed in the days and weeks after the attacks. During the 7th inning stretch, the field was cleared of everyone but the umps when Eddie Layton played “God Bless America” on the organ. There was more solemn singing from the crowd.

It was a memorable day. Cal whiffed 4 times. And nobody won.


1 ms october   ~  Aug 26, 2013 8:54 am

damn you write a lot of notes :-)

2 RagingTartabull   ~  Aug 26, 2013 9:04 am

I remember being at the Stadium for a game at the end of August that year and all of the ticket booths having signs up in the window saying "WE DO NOT HAVE ANY TICKETS LEFT FOR THE ORIOLES SERIES"

I can also never, ever watch highlights of Mussina's near-perfect game without thinking "that was September 3, 2001"

3 RagingTartabull   ~  Aug 26, 2013 9:08 am

Derek Jetah and Scottie Bro, that's great

4 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 26, 2013 10:14 am

1) Ah, nervous energy!

5 ms october   ~  Aug 26, 2013 10:49 am

[4] i like it. it makes the score card more alive and useful as a depiction of the game.

6 thelarmis   ~  Aug 26, 2013 12:28 pm

i like this work of art even better than your excellent charcoal drawing featured in today's Morning Art post! : )

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