The YCPB Mascot Moment

With thanks to this comment on RAB, it’s come to Bex and my attention that YCPB needs a Patron Moment, as it were.

I figured I could list a few options here, you, loyal reader, could add your own in the comments if you so desire, and we can all come back a little later to vote on such a topic.

Some options that come to mind:

Ultimately significant playoff ones

Mookie Wilson’s ball through Bill Buckner’s legs
Kirk Gibson’s pinch hit home run in 1988
Jefferey Maier, 1996
Steve Bartman, 2003
Aaron Boone’s game winning home run in the 2003 ALCS
Dave Roberts’ stolen base, 2004

More ordinary ones

Luis Castillo dropped pop up against the Yankees
Fernando Tatis two grand slams in one inning
Dallas Braden’s perfect game (note: other no hitters/perfect games may be applicable here, too)

This list is by no means exhaustive, just what’s come to mind.

So Bex and I invite you, dear reader, to come and help us out by suggesting your own. We’ll have a vote a little later on, and the winner will receive a full length post about it’s YCPB-ness, and maybe even a cool graphic or something.

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10 Responses to The YCPB Mascot Moment

  1. JMK says:

    The way I see it, although most of the significant playoff moments were memorable, most were hardly unpredictable. Fans interfering with action in close playoff games? Significant, given how much of the outcome both moments affected. But during the course of the baseball season, these plays happen with a fair degree of regularity. The home runs in significant playoff series? Well again, memorable but hardly unfathomable.

    The Buckner thing has a nice tinge of YCPB, but for you two, I’d go with something equally strange but perhaps less infamous. I personally enjoy the Ubaldo/Orioles win totals on the road, the Tatis grand slams (and even A-Rod’s feats in Tampa Bay last year) and generally pretty much anything involving Ozzie Guillen or Dusty Baker and the word “pitch count”. But hey, that’s just me.

  2. JGS says:

    Hideo Nomo threw two no-hitters. Two! And the first one was at pre-humidor Coors.

    Or this game–note where the offense came from.

  3. Evan says:

    This is a bit of an oldie but Freddie Patek, all of 41 career homers in 6246 PAs, having a three-home run game in his career.

  4. The209 says:

    How could you not have Sterling?

    FINGER-DIPPING PLAY-BY-PLAY
    Last Updated: 6:58 AM, July 9, 2008

    Posted: 3:12 AM, July 9, 2008

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    YANKEES radio announcer John Sterling is being called out for foul behavior in the stadium’s press dining room. “Sterling has made a habit of walking over to the dessert table and dipping his finger into the ice cream barrel,” one stadium worker told us, adding that the play-by-play vet has also used the same tablespoon to repeatedly take samples. During the Boston series, “He wandered over to the cake and pie section, broke off a piece of a cake slice, ate it and wiped his grimy hands on the linen tablecloth, leaving the remainder of the slice for someone else to eat – which indeed happened,” our spy continued. A rep for WCBS Radio declined to comment, and a team spokesman said the Yankees “know nothing about it.”

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/item_gNiOUQ0iTAUt2Dl6krswaK;jsessionid=5245F4C099E2DF8EA27E1E12F4B42542#ixzz0rbheGMD4

  5. Salty from RAB says:

    I’m not sure if one of those events is enough. Maybe you guys could make (or have someone else make) a collage of 3-4 of the most popular events? That would make for a nice banner for the site too.

    I’d personally have the Mookie Wilson ball through Bill Buckner’s legs, Boone HR, Robert’s steal (that never happened, at least in my mind), Jim Abbott’s no-hitter, & maybe a picture of Sterling to top it all off and to add a bit of humor.

    I think you can even add a couple more and it would look good. If I HAD to choose one, I’d say Abbott’s no-no. There’s just something special about it, and it could pretty much appeal to everyone, even non-baseball fans.

  6. Chad says:

    I’ve got to go with the June 11, 2003 game between the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros. Astros starter Roy Oswalt was making his third start after returning from the DL and retired the Yankees in order in the first but reaggravated his groin injury in the process, leaving the game after throwing just one pitch in the bottom of the second. 5 Astros relievers then completed the no-hitter, the first time that a team had used more than four pitchers in a no-hitter. Brad Lidge got the win with two perfect innings of relief and Octavio Dotel tied a major league record by striking out 4 batters in one inning (Alfonso Soriano reached by striking out swinging at a wild pitch). The fact that the Astros got a combined no-hitter in a game where the starter had to leave after recording just 3 outs should be enough to make this game qualify as a signature YCPB moment, but the 4-strikeout inning just adds an extra degree of weirdness. Still one of my favorite games ever as an aficionado of weird baseball happenings.

    Another game that probably deserves consideration is a much older one. May 26, 1959, a lack of run support allowed Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Harvey Haddix to take a perfect game into the bottom of the 13th inning, lost the perfect game but retained the no-hitter when the Braves’ leadoff batter reached on an E-5, then gave up a 3-run homer following a sac bunt and an intentional walk (to Hank Aaron)…and lost 1-0 when the batter who hit the homer was called out for passing Aaron in between second and third, thereby turning it into a walkoff double. 12.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, L. What. Still, I think 8 innings of no-hit relief after the starter goes just 1 inning is weirder.

  7. Chad says:

    Ooh, wait, I’ve got another one! Rangers 30, Orioles 3, on August 22, 2007. Why it was unpredictable:

    1. It was a come-from-behind win. The Orioles led 3-0 after three innings, only to be outscored 30-0 over the final 6.

    2. The Rangers’ 8- and 9-hitters, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ramon Vazquez, both went 4-for-6 with a walk, with 2 home runs and 7 RBIs. The only difference in their batting lines is that Saltalamacchia came around to score all five times he was on base, while Vazquez only crossed the plate four times.

    3. Texas reliever Wes Littleton earned his first career save in this game. I repeat, Wes Littleton earned his first career save in a game his team won 30-3. The rules allow a pitcher to pick up a save regardless of the score if he pitches three innings of effective relief (a subjective criterion), and Littleton pitched three scoreless innings, retiring the O’s in order in both the 7th and the 9th, in relief of starter Kason Gabbard.

    4. The Rangers were held scoreless in five of the nine innings in which they batted–and scored at least 5 runs in each of the other four.

    5. Littleton entered the game to start the bottom of the seventh. The Rangers scored more runs after this point (16) than they did before (14).

    6. The Rangers had 10 hits in the 9-run 6th alone. In the previous two games, they only had a total of 7 hits.

    7. The two teams then had to go right back out there and play another game, as the 30-3 mashing was Game 1 of a doubleheader. The Rangers needed only a modest 7 runs in Game 2 to set a new record for runs scored in a doubleheader, and trailing 7-6 in the eighth inning, they picked up three runs and a 9-7 win, breaking the old record by 3.

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