All right, this is it,
The whole season coming down
To just one ball game,
And every mistake will be magnified,
And every great play will be magnified,
And it's a tough night for the players,
I'll tell ya.
I know last night, being in the same situation many times
With the great Yankee teams of the past,
you stay awake,
And you dream,
And you think of what might be,
If you are the hero or the goat.
October 14, 1976
AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST PLAYOFF
Kansas City at New York
Here comes Roger Maris
They're standing up.
Waiting to see if Roger
Is going to hit
Here's the windup.
The pitch to Roger.
The fans are starting to boo.
That one was in the dirt.
And the boos get louder. Two balls no strikes
On Roger Maris...
Here's the windup.
HIT DEEP TO RIGHT-
THIS COULD BE IT.
WAY BACK THERE.
HE DID IT.
SIXTY-ONE HOME RUNS.
They're fighting for the ball out there.
October 1, 1961, WPIX-TV
Boston at New York
Roger Maris batting against Tracy Stallard
Fourth inning, no score, bases empty
Final: Yankees 1, Red Sox 0
There's a little prayer I always say
Whenever I think of my family or when I'm flying,
When I'm afraid, and I am afraid of flying.
It's just a little one. You can say it no matter what,
Whether you're Catholic or Jewish or Protestant or
And I've probably said it a thousand times
Since I heard the news on Thurman Munson.
It's not trying to be maudlin or anything.
His Eminence, Cardinal Cooke, is going to come out
And say a little prayer for Thurman Munson.
But this is just a little one I say time and time again,
It's just: Angel of God, Thurman's guardian dear,
To whom his love commits him here there or everywhere,
Ever this night and day be at his side,
To light and guard, to rule and guide.
For some reason it makes me feel like I'm talking to
Or whoever's name you put in there,
Whether it be my wife or any of my children, my parents
It's just something to keep you really from going bananas.
Because if you let this,
If you keep thinking about what happened, and you can't
That's what really drives you to despair.
Faith. You gotta have faith.
You know, they say time heals all wounds,
And I don't quite agree with that a hundred percent.
It gets you to cope with wounds.
You carry them the rest of your life.
August 3, 1979
Baltimore at New York
And he hits one in the hole
They're gonna have to hurry.
THEY'LL NEVER GET HIM!
They got him.
How do you like that.
I changed my mind before he got there.
So that doesn't count as an error.
July 10, 1992
Seattle at New York
Dave Fleming pitching to Andy Stankiewicz
First inning, no outs, bases empty
Mariners lead 1-0