The Yankees held their 63rd annual Old Timer’s Game Sunday featuring many older veterans and newer ones such as recently retired Mike Mussina. Moose pitched to four batters in the game, with Yankees manager Joe Girardi behind the plate.
By the way, the premiere of the Yankeeography of Mussina will be shown on YES Monday night at 11pm. I plan to DVR it.
Bucky Dent, David Cone, Jesse Barfield, Homer Bush, Chad Curtis, Don Larsen, Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, Lee Mazzili, Ron Bloomberg and many others made an appearance at or in the game.
The Clippers beat the Bombers 5-2 to win the game, but I could barely tell you who was on what team and when they were batting, pitching etc. I just end up paying attention to who’s on camera at that time.
The highlight of the game was the return of Don Zimmer to the Bronx. The Yankees former bench coach for Joe Torre during the Dynasty years of 1996-2003, Zimmer got in a public argument with owner George Steinbrenner and vowed to never again return to Yankee Stadium.
Apparently time softened his feelings about it and Zim returned, much to the delight of the fans and his former players.
According to mlb.com, AJ Burnett was excited to see former pitcher Dwight “Doc” Gooden at the stadium and had brought the April 1985 issue of Sports Illustrated that featured Gooden to get his autograph.
This game was obviously the first Old Timer’s Game held at the new stadium and I’m sure many wondered if it ould have the pizzaz of the games at the legendary old Yankee Stadium. I felt it did and the legends were just playing in a nicer home.