This is a historic weekend at Dodger Stadium. Thanks to interleague play the New York Yankees are in town to the play the Dodgers. Joe Torre is facing the team he took to the playoffs twelve straight years and was basically showed the door. And some of the players on both teams were actually alive when the Dodgers & Yankees met last in the World Series in 1981. It's a circus, there's no question, but also great to say you were there to witness a possible milestone.
On the other hand, I’ve already been on hand to see some of the great moments of major league baseball.
I was in Anaheim Stadium the day Seattle outfielder, Kevin Mitchell (pictured left) ate a chili dog during a game and threw up in the dugout so violently that he went on the disabled list for two weeks with strained ribs.
I was in the Kingdome when Mariner pitcher, Eric Gunderson, made an illegal move to first base and a balk was called. Except there was no runner on first. He was on second. So he was balked to third where he scored on a fly ball to win the game.
I was at Dodger Stadium this year when Arizona pitcher Esmerling Vasquez balked in the winning run.
I was in Tiger Stadium when Omar Visquel bunted into a triple-play.
I was at the LA Coliseum when Leo Durocher kicked umpire Jocko Conlin in the shin.
I was at Dodger Stadium the night Cincinnati pitcher, Pedro Borbon got so mad that during a bench clearing brawl he started swinging at his own teammates.
I was at the LA Coliseum two years ago when the Dodgers played the Red Sox and a Boston player was caught stealing 2-8 (catcher to centerfielder).
I was in Olympic Stadium in Montreal the night their paid attendance was higher than 3,000.
I was at Dodger Stadium on “Casey Stengel Night” when a foul ball hit his wife.
I was at Citifield when Erin Andrews was hit by a foul ball.
I was at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore when the Queen of England attended a game and declined my offer to read the Esskay Out of Town scoreboard in the third inning of our Orioles broadcast.
And I was in Yankee Stadium the day a fan fell out of the upper deck.
Oh…wait. I forgot. I was also at Dodger Stadium the night Kirk Gibson hit the game winning home run in the opener of the 1988 World Series. It’s not Kevin Mitchell upchucking on his teammates shoes but it was pretty cool.