Prior to the bottom of the eighth inning of last night's MLB All Star Game, Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera stood alone on the Citi Field diamond and received a proper, well deserved send off from fans and players alike to one of the best pitchers to ever don a MLB uniform.
Last night was just one of the many, many memorable moments in the world of sports. We Ranger fans have a few of our own as well and we'll wait and see and hope that this group is able to create more special moments of their own.
For today's open thread, have you been lucky enough to be in attendance for a memorable moment in sports that you'll share with your kids and grandkids years from now? As a sidebar, which one of the four major sports boasts the best all star game/ skills competition?
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Doc gooden's no hitter in 1996 World Series season was an awesome moment as well. Rangers caps game 6 this year hanks shutout to force game 7 was a great game as well.
Watching Landon Donovan put the US into the knockout round by scoring an injury time goal at the 2010 World Cup against Algeria. Holy crap what an atmosphere the place went nuts. It's amazing how the entire nation backed that team. Although we lost in the next round I will never forget that goal. It was score or go home and we lived for another day.
Almost forgot- I was at the Rangers/Devils game where both Hank and Fatso had a shutout thru OT. The rangers eventually lost on a shootout, but watching the two best goalies in the league playing at the top of their game on the same night was special. Both goalies made close to 50 saves. . It only ended eith a Patrick elias snipe in the 3rd round of the SO. to thos day, it was the best game I've ever seen in person
My coolest story is all thanks to my dad. Opening day at the new Yankee Stadium, and I actually caught a foul ball from Derek Jeter. We were walking around checking out the new park, and my dad asked someone at an information desk if there was anyway he could see if Mr. Jeter could sign the ball for me. He told us to wait there for 20 minutes. He came back with the ball, signed by Jeter, and told us to come back at the end of the game. The Yankees were getting killed (think it was 10-1) so we headed over in the 9th inning. He told us to follow him. We waited for about 45 minutes, and i had no idea what was going on. Then out of some random door... Derek Jeter walks out shakes my hand and my dads. All he said was "Its nice to know i have such great fans, hope you enjoyed the game." Then he turned around and left. I loved Jeter before this, but he will be my favorite yankee of all time, maybe my favorite athlete of all time. He is really a class act.
Well...maybe not a huge event for everyone else, but when my son was about 8 I took him to his first NYR game. vs. Pitt. We had nosebleed seats. A good friend of mine ran MSG Operations and we agreed to meet him at the game (he always had to be there). So he comes and meets outside MSG....takes us down into the NYR locker room where he gets one of Sylvan Lefebre's (sp?) sticks, a bunch of pucks, and a life-sized cutout of Gretzky that they were "retiring" from the garden. Then he brings us to two seats directly behind the glass and says these are ours and during the game has the cameraman come up to us and show us on TV and the scoreboard with a huge sign saying the NY Rangers welcome Jim & Jimmy. Thanks, again Blair! If my son wasn't a NYR fan yet...he was diehard from that day on.
George Richards of theMiami Heraldgot his hands on a leaked version of the Florida Panthers schedule and the following are the three games the Panthers will play against the Rangers:
- Sunday 11/10 at 7PM (Home)
- Wednesday 11/27 7:30PM (Road)
- Tuesday 12/31 5PM (Road)
The Rangers will play three games vs the eight teams in the other Eastern Conference division. The Rangers will have two home games against the Panthers in 2014-15.
First confirmed Rangers games
Perhaps I can share 3 experiences with all of you………2 from our world of Hockey and I from Baseball.
(1)I was enjoying Saturday brunch on 61st and Third Avenue. I noticed Tie Domi then a young bruiser for our Rangers sitting a couple of tables away from me enjoying a meal with an attractive woman. We looked at each other and I knew he knew that I recognized who he was. I also knew no one in the restaurant had a clue who he was. I sent over a bottle of champagne with my compliments. When it arrived I saluted him with a silent toast. He smiled that same “sh-t eating grin “ he became so famous for. As my lady and I left the restaurant he got out of his seat and practically ran out on to Third Avenue to personally thank me for my generosity and to let me know how much my gesture meant to him. I was quite touched by his openness.
A number of years later I bumped into him on a flight from LaGuardia to Toronto. He said he recalled my generosity back then and volunteered that the young lady he was with on that Saturday Brunch later became his wife!!.....
(2)I was single and in sales management at the time. My sales team sold ad time to the NYC Advertising Community for major TV stations across the country. Part of my sales team’s responsibilities was to sell ad time in Philadelphia Flyer games. As the sales team manager I “had” to attend parties The Flyer organization would hold for NYC Ad Time Buyers to thank them for their ad $. The parties were held in Philly and of course the players and their wives were required to attend. Food and booze and other stuff flows regularly at those functions. After a couple of drinks I engaged a super sexy drop dead gorgeous woman in conversation. Happily, we hit it off quite well and quite quickly. She was sending me all the right signals……..yesssss! Then I asked her if she was with anyone and she replied without any hesitation,’ Yes I am. I am with my husband and here he comes right now!”I went into a mild state of shock as Dave “The Hammer” Schultz walked toward both of us rather briskly I thought…..and from my perspective he didn’t look too happy. She said, “Dave, I want you to meet my new friend!” I blurted out as fast as I could that I meant no disrespect towards him or towards his wife and apologized if I over stepped my bounds. The Hammer broke out with a big grin and said, “I know who you are and I know what your team does for our organization. My wife always does this kind of thing at media parties for a joke…..no offense taken,” WHEW!....WHEW!…..WHEW!
(3)The Yankees were playing The Braves in the third game of the World Series 1996 or so. The Yankees had dropped the first two in Atlanta and were now ready to play at the Stadium after a Saturday rainout. I was celebrating my third wedding anniversary with a Sunday Brunch in a restaurant on Madison Avenue around 64th Street. I looked up from the conversation with my then wife and gasped. She asked me what was wrong. I said, “Holy Shit Joe D. just walked by our table!” She replied, “Who is Joe D.?”
In one felt swoop I could feel a strong and passionate connection with my Dad and my Grand Father (both deceased) and Joe DiMaggio. I never saw Joltin’ Joe play. They taught me how great Mr. DiMaggio was as a player. They also taught me how he was a true Yankee……much like Jeter and Mariano today.
I gotta a little misty eyed and asked the waitress if she could quietly arrange payment for Mr. DiMaggio’s brunch using my Amex card with a tip included. For me it was an opportunity to bring My Dad and My Grand Father to Brunch with their baseball hero and I wasn’t going to pass on that opportunity.
I quickly paid my bill and Mr. DiMaggio’s bill and left the restaurant. I could hear a mild upset from the rear of the restaurant as Mr. DiMaggio’s companion wanted to know who paid their bill. A few days later when I returned to Arizona, a buddy in NYC sent me a copy of an article in The New York Daily News that said:
“Mr. DiMaggio would like to thank The Yankees fan who treated him to brunch!”
That one is for you Grand Pa and Dad!
Philly winter classic where we score 3 unanswered goals to win and hank stops PS.
Messier ties then moves into second place on the all time points list vs Dallas.
Malik shoot out winner.
Leetch and graves night.
I have also been to games in 12 out of the 30 NHL arenas in part of my brother and I's "30 rinks in 30 years" campaign (cuz that's how long we expect it to take)
Wow... that is BS. Looks like more than half the rows in the 200's are going to be obstructed. This was a horrible idea, and the only purpose of it was $$
Dave Righetti's no-no on 7/4/83, the summer after my HS graduation. Me and 3 buddies with my girlfriend's dad's season tix, front row mezzanine right over 3B. Incredible day.
Also, in a hotel room in Providence RI for a hockey tourney during the Miracle game. The place went nuts!
I was also at first Rangers game after 9/11. Will never forget Nessier donning the fireman helmet.
Was at Ricter retirement game.
Non-Rangers: I was at Game 3 of Mets/Houston in 1986 when Dykstra hit the walk off.
First US Open at Bethpage. I sat at 17th hole on final Sunday. Rain stopped play at both sides of stands were chanted at each oth and doing the wave. Also Deb Placey who does the Devils game sat next to me and shared her beer with me. Then of course Tiger won be Susie, you know, he was still getting laid on the side and was good.
Hopefully we will have some memorable ranger moments real soon. Hank lifting the cup would be one that would last a life time.
Doesn't compare to all the other amazing moments being shared here, but thought I'd share anyway.... We saw Brad Richard's 1st career hat trick in April at the First Niagara Center. My 13 year old son Ryan grabbed my husband's favorite Rangers hat off his head and whipped it onto the ice. My husband was pissed...actually, still is. It was friggin hysterical.
Miracle On Ice - 1980 Olympic USA vs. USSR hockey game in Lake Placid. It was my 13th birthday and what a birthday it was. Still brings tears to my eyes when I think about it and the energy that was in that building. Two days later, I was there for the gold medal round against Finland. I will never, ever forget those two games. So lucky to have been there.
Could watch the movie over and over again. In fact, before game 7 of NYR vs. Caps this year, my oldest daughter and I watched it because it was just there on cable. Now living in the Washington, DC area, we didn't want to watch Crapital pregame stuff. I said, look, the USA sweaters look like Rangers sweaters...look, the USSR look like Cap sweaters....look, we win....must be a sign. :) NYR 5, Caps 0!
Being from upstate NY, we summered in Lake Placid. That was actually the first time I was ever there in the winter. This summer, we are taking my kids there for the first time. Can't wait to go back.
I was lucky enough to witness Secretariat win the Belmont Stakes in 1973. Still get chills when I view the video of that amazing race.
My father works for one of MSG's biggest sponsors and towards the middle of a terrible Rangers season he was able to get company tickets to the last game of the regular season. No big deal I thought, till about a week later we find out it is going to be Wayne Gretzky's last game in the NHL. We ended up having better seats than his wife who was 3 rows behind us. As a 11 year old kid when it happened it is something I will remember forever.
i was at the first ranger game played after 9/11. the moment of silence was deafening. i worked down there so my life at the time was "in flux". i was very happy to be surrounded by rangers fans, be drunk and not have to show up to work the next day.
My uncle used to take us to Shea in the late 70s & early 80s. The Mets were awful and nobody went to the games. He would buy us upper deck seats and then give the field level usher $20 so we could sit right on the visitor's dugout. My first game there was Willie Mays day and they were playing the Phillies. The Phillies line-up had Rose, Schmidt, Bowa, McCarver, and Bake McBride (always loved that name). Steve Carlton was the pitcher. It's etched in my memory because I was a kid and sat on the dugout, but I don't think I'll ever get to go to a game again with so many baseball legends!
For hockey, every Rangers game I go to is memorable. I don't have season tickets, so I typically only get to go to 1 or 2 a year, if that. In particular, I was at the Meadowlands for a game 10 rows up from the net. Gretzky scored on Brodeur right in front of me and it was awesome! I also went to a game at the Spectrum wearing my Rangers jersey. Got heckled a bit then some guy behind me taps me on the shoulder. I look back and he's wearing a Gretzky jersey, he nods his head and says "don't worry, I got your back". Rangers fans are awesome! And of course the '94 parade was unforgettable. I still have some of the ticker tape!
1. At MSG for clinching game 1979 semi's over Islanders. Loudest sporting experience I have ever witnessed.
2. At Mud Bowl - AFC Title game in Miami when Jets should've won, but Shula took tarps off the field during a huge overnight storm to slow the Jets Sack Exchange down. Prick.
3. At Belmont at finish line ON THE RAIL at 7 yrs old with family and watched Secretariat win the Triple Crown by 23 lengths!!
4. At Yaz's last game at Fenway - one of my favorites.
5. On skates in front of TV after playing pond hockey and watched US defeat USSR in Olympics. Kneeling in front of TV - never forget.
6. In small apartment in front of TV with my nearly born son kicking up a storm in his mother, watching the NYR win the Cup.
The last two, I wasn't at, but will never, ever forget....to the smallest detail.
I was at the Super Bowl in New Orleans in February of 2002. The most memorable part for me was the U2 halftime show, where they had the names of those killed in 9/11 and played an amazing emotional set. The game between the Rams and Pats wasn't all that bad either!
I went to Leetch jersey retirement game, as well as Graves. Had purchased tix from someone to Messier but I got robbed... either they were never sent or someone realized what they were and were stolen in the mail.
Not one game, but I had tickets to each home game in the 07 playoffs against Buf. Up until the ECF run 2 seasons ago, I can't really remember a time I was that proud of the Rangers in recent memory
Off the wall memorable game... I was at the Malik shootout winner against the caps. the 15 rounder or whatever. That entire shootout, I was convinced the NHL had predetermined who would win these and it was all a show because no one knew what kind of moves to do. It was the first year of the shootouts if I remember correctly. Then Malik.. Damn.
The only memorable games I was at were when Graves slashed Lemieux's arm in the division finals in '92. (wear some real gloves, Mario). I was also at Graves' first game back at MSG when he was with the Sharks. Also saw Lindy Ruff score a penalty shot against Quebec at my first game as a kid.
Not exactly great moments, but it's what I remember.
Not to be that guy but did anyone see the article last night that said Stepan and Rangers far apart on a deal and not to be surprised if he doesn't have a contract into pre-season...? Scary.
I was at the world series 01 where bush threw out the first pitch....anazing also was at the game staal got hit in the face with the puck also when chris simon cracked whats his name in the head with his stick...
I was at the Jeffrey Maier game against the Orioles in 1996. I was sitting in left field so we had no idea what had happened until after the game. It looked looked legit from where I was sitting. Was also at the first Matteau double overtime winner against he Devils in 1994 (Game 3). A lot of people had left so we were able to move down to the second row. That was awesome.
Oh. And ill never forget the Rupp winter classic. I won a pair of free reeboks at the shooting tent outside. Can o corn
I'll always remember staying awake far passed my bedtime to watch the Rangers win the cup in '94. I was only 4 years old - wasn't in attendance, of course. But my dad was. I remember running downstairs to grab this old antique stainless steel lantern we have and running laps around the house.
I had the good fortune of being at: Super Bowl XLVI to watch the Giants win the world championship in person (major bucket list item), Game 6 of the World Series in 1996 to watch the Yankees win it all, and Gretzky's last game ever. All 3 are forever etched into my memory, and definately 'goosebump' moments that I'll re-live over and over.
What is better than sports, eh?
@FREE LINDBERG GREAT STORY.....don't forget to thank your Dad again.
When Jeter came out to AZ with the Yankees my son desperately tried to get his signature along with about 300 other screaming and excited kids. Like your Dad I told him to call Derek, "Mr. Jeter" and watch what happens.
In front of all those kids Mr. Jeter motions the security at D-Backs stadium to escort my son under the ropes to an adjacent empty section and has a mini conversation with my son, Hunter about Little League baseball with an autograph to boot.
Just goes to show you how a display of respect will always connect with others. Tell your Dad I said hello!
@jmacwilli Blair is the man. great story.
@jmacwilli Nothing like passing the torch....great story!
how perfect is it that the two games in Florida, are both while I am home on break... I never catch a break :(
@EHBIGAPPLE That Joe Dimaggio story is one of the coolest I have ever heard. Top 3 Yankee of all time... what a memory. That is amazing :)
@1NYN8V I think we have a winner!!! That is sooooo incredible!!
@jmacwilli Are you Forrest Gump? Secretariat, seriously??? That's just unreal!
@bspadaro01 I watch that video every year on 9/11 still gives me goosebumps on my skin and tears to my eyes! Must have been awesome in person!
@Cup4NYR It was Brooks spewing Brooks nonsense. Other important RFA deals in the past happened later in the summer or before training camp (i.e. Marc Staal).
No time to fret just yet.
@Farmerjohn22 i pray for a day like that
@FREE LINDBERG i think that catching a jeter foul ball and getting it signed counts as "getting a break".
@gravey94 @1NYN8V Next best was Super Bowl XXV. Giants vs. Bills in Tampa. That was the season I was young, single and had expendable income. Went to every Giants game - home and away. Went to the Super Bowl with my next door neighbor, a Bills fan. He had a LONGGGG flight home. I let him mourn in peace. :)
@gravey94 @jmacwilli Ha...right? It was unreal, and even more so as I reflect upon it now. My Dad was pretty dialed in in NYC in those days. Get this...he had tickets for the 1969 Mets World Series final game, but got held up at work. So my mother and her friend went and watched the Mets win it all....not even baseball fans! Sure enjoyed the event though.