Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Don Larsen: "Pitcher Perfect"!
October 8, 1956, The Yankees Don Larsen pitches the first perfect game in World Series history. Yogi Berra's huge bear-hug of Larsen has to one of the most famous photos in Yankee and Yankee Stadium history. New York shut out the then Brooklyn Dodgers 2-0 that day. The Yankees were in the World Series practically every year in the 50's and 60's with guys who didn't make huge salaries but loved to play the game and played it at a high level. Today, they can't even get to the post-season with a lineup filled with talented millionaires who seem to care more about themselves as opposed to the success of the team. I will admit Derek Jeter is an exception to that selfish theory, and I believe he would have fit in just fine with the Mantles, Berras, and Fords of that era. It really doesn't fill strange that the Yanks aren't in the playoffs, it actually fills kind of good!