As homage to Yankee Stadium, which hosts the 2008 ALL-STAR GAME in its final season, Fox has compiled what it considers to be Yankee Stadium’s 13 greatest baseball “moments.” During its Saturday baseball game of the week broadcasts, fans will be able to determine which one is No. 1. Each week, one of the 13 Yankee Stadium moments will be featured on-air, and viewers will be prompted to log on to http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb and cast a vote for their favorite. The top moment will be announced during MLB on Fox’s coverage of the 79th MLB All-Star Game on July 15.
The 13 greatest moments, as selected by MLB on FoX, are as follows (details of each moment are available at http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb):
Sept. 30, 1927: Babe Ruth’s 60th home run
July 4, 1939: Lou Gehrig’s farewell speech
Oct. 5, 1947: Al Gionfriddo’s catch of Joe DiMaggio’s drive to left field in World Series Game 6
May 30, 1956: Mickey Mantle’s home run off the right-field facade
Oct. 8, 1956: Don Larsen’s World Series perfect game
Oct. 1, 1961: Roger Maris’ 61st home run
Oct. 14, 1976: Chris Chambliss’ pennant-winning ALCS home run against Kansas City
Oct. 18, 1977: Reggie Jackson’s three home runs in Game 6 of the World Series
Aug. 6, 1979: Bobby Murcer’s seventh-inning homer and game-winning hit on the day of Yankee captain Thurman Munson’s funeral
July 24, 1983: George Brett’s “pine tar” home run and ensuing meltdown
Oct. 9, 1996: Jeffrey Maier’s interference of Derek Jeter’s fly ball in the ALCS vs. Baltimore
Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2001: President George W. Bush throwing out the first pitch before Game 3 and the Yankees come-from-behind victories in Games 4 and 5 of the World Series
Oct. 16, 2003: Aaron Boone’s walk-off home run in Game 7 of the ALCS against the Red Sox.
Is Dirk Nowitzki too soft? Yes, says TNT analysts Magic Johnson and Charles Barkley after New Orleans Hornets forward David West poked Nowitzki in the face during the opening game of the series Saturday night.
Magic: “I’m from the 80’s where something had to happen (if another player put his hands on you). Dirk (Nowitzki), you have to do something or a teammate has got to do something. You can’t let a man, not in the playoffs, put his hands up on your face.”
Barkley: “I love Dirk Nowitzki, he’s a great player, but (the Hornets) are saying to you, ‘We think you are soft,’ that’s what it means. You have to slap his hand down…and the Mavs have to say, ‘You can’t do that.’”