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ESPN has stolen the final game ever to be played in Yankee Stadium from the YES Network and will air it on Sunday Night. While YES will have about 10 hours of pre and post-game coverage, I thought it would be great to have a viewing guide to go along with ESPN's over-the-top coverage. Use the following lists as a checklist, drinking game, however you please:

Nostalgic Film Clips

  • Joe Morgan's home run in the 1977 All Star game at Yankee Stadium.
  • Phil Rizzuto's call of Roger Maris' 61st home run in 1961.
  • Aaron Boone's walk-off against the Sox in 2003.
  • Johnny Damon's grand slam off Javier Vazquez in 2004 (this is ESPN we're talking about, after all).
  • Jeter diving into the stands against the Sox, emerging bloodied.
  • Charlie Hayes catching the final out of the 1996 World Series.
  • Don Mattingly's home run in the 1995 playoffs.
  • Lou Gehrig's "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth" speech.
  • Reggie's three home run game in the series.
  • A montage of all the no-hitters thrown at the stadium, culminating in Yogi jumping into Don Larsen's arm after his perfect game in the World Series.
  • Clemens throwing the broken bat at Piazza (a personal favorite).
  • DiMaggio kicking the dirt/DiMaggio running through the "56" paper sign.
  • Mantle limping around the bases after a pinch-hit home run.
  • The Babe winking at a camera.
  • George Brett's pine tar home run.
  • 2001 W.S games 4 and 5 montage featuring Tino's bomb, Jeter's bomb, Brosius's bomb and Soriano's walk-off single.
  • Billy Martin fighting with Reggie Jackson in the dugout.
  • Girardi's triple from the 1996 series.
  • Leyritz's home run in the 1995 ALDS (From the comments).
  • The crowd rushing the field after game 6 in the 1977 series.
  • Wade Boggs riding a horse after the 1996 series.
  • Joe Torre soaked in champagne.
  • Derek Jeter as a rookie.
  • Big Stein with 70's sideburns from the owner's box.
  • Older, calmer Big Stein.
  • Brian Cashman, looking pensive.
  • Whitey Ford, full windup.
  • Josh Beckett's shutout to end the 2003 series at the stadium.
  • Mariano Rivera jogging to the mound as Enter Sandman plays. That will hopefully be the final image broadcast from the stadium.
  • Chris Chambliss' game-winning homer in the 1976 ALCS (from the comments)
The "Stars" Will Be Out (celebs sure to be in the stands, sure to be on camera)

  • Billy Crystal
  • Rudy Giuliani
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Spike Lee
  • Donald Trump
  • Bud Selig
  • Kevin Bacon/Kira Sedgwick
  • Tim Robbins/Susan Sarandon
  • Madonna?
  • Mayor Bloomberg
  • Alec Baldwin
  • Woody Allen
  • ABC TV star pumping the upcoming season (at least one of these, followed by Joe Morgan praising Ugly Betty)
From the ESPN Research Department (on-screen graphics sure to be displayed during the game)

  • Price comparison list, 1923 to 2008. Items on the list:
    • Tickets
    • Peanuts
    • Hot dog
    • Soda
    • Gallon of gas
    • Gallon of milk
    • Postage stamp
  • Total Yankee Stadium attendance
  • Yankee won-loss record at the Stadium
  • Postseason won-loss record at the Stadium
  • Events at the Stadium including:
    • Concerts
    • Papal Visits
    • Boxing matches
    • Football games
  • Graphic of the Yankee lineup for the first game with a funky fade to the lineup for the final game.
ESPN is sure to make a freak show out of this event which they really have no right to broadcast. Did I leave anything out? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
by Brian on Sep 19 2008
Tags: ESPN | Yankee Stadium |