Prior to Saturday’s 9-1 drubbing of the Red Sox, the Yanks paid homage to Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle’s epic home run chase of 1961. The team went all out and brought in family and former teammates of the two players. It really was a special event.
What made the day even more special is that the Rays beat the Jays to cut Beantown’s lead in the Wild Card race to 1 1/2 games. It’s true, the Greatest Team Ever is on the doorstep of a 2007 Mets-esque collapse.
Check out all my pics after the jump:
Photos from the video tribute:
The M & M boys
Rog walks to the plate
Photos from the pregame ceremony:
The grounds crew painted 61 on the field in honor of Maris' accomplishment, and dyslexic Whitey Ford fans went home very disappointed
Bill "Moose" Skowron
The Chairman of the Board, Whitey Ford
David and Danny Mantle
Maris' daughter, Susan
Roger Maris, Jr.
I'm not sure if he just came from committing a crime with those gloves, but that's Kevin Maris
Richard Maris...Jesus Christ, I guess Roger Maris never heard of birth control
Sandra Maris...the pick of the litter, so to speak
Mo escorts Roger's widow Pat onto the field
The gang's all here
Jeet brings out the bat which Maris hit #61 with
Shots from warm ups/the game:
Not a single fuck was given
No comment necessary
Nice new knapsack Brackman
Roger Maris, Jr. threw out the first pitch, which bounced in front of home plate
Fabulous Freddy warms up
Bald Vinny leads the Creatures in roll call
Gallant: the Swisher Salute
Goofus: the A-Rod Dismissive Wave
Ducks on the pond for Jesus, who would record an RBI single
"What's the difference between us? We can start at the penis or we can scream 'I just don't give a fuck' and see who means it."
"Stop pitching like an asshole, asshole."
Pep talk didn't work
Peace out dickhead
Jesus' home run swing. Dead sexy.
That's all she wrote