It Was 20 Years Ago Today…

The Yankees beat the Red Sox 4-3, coming back from a 3-1 deficit in the 9th after making what seemed to be the final out. What happened? A fan (who was either “drunk” according to the first link I posted, or “overzealous” according to Jack Curry’s game story in the NYT) fell/walked onto the field as the final pitch was being delivered. One of the umpires called time, but the pitch was on the way and Mike Stanley (ironically the last player traded between the Yankees and Red Sox) flied out on it. But because time had been called, the play didn’t count and the Yankees went on to win the game.

The thing that surprised me about looking back at that boxscore was that the game was sold out. My memory isn’t as sharp as it once was, but Yankees-Red Sox in 1993 wasn’t much of a rivalry. The Yankees had stunk since the late 80’s and the Red Sox finished last in 1992. Yet, they got a full house for this game. I guess the rivalry had more juice than I remember. (As a comparison, only 27,000 came out for a Saturday game two weeks earlier against Cleveland)