Today is a special anniversary in Yankee lore and thanks to YouTube, if you weren't alive to see the Pine Tar game or if you're too young to remember it, you can watch it in all its glory: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jvu_1JMY36k
The Yankees and Kansas City Royals had a pretty fierce rivalry in the late 70's and early 80's. If you think KC booing Robinson Cano for leaving Billy Butler off the home run derby team last year was bad, it was nothing compared to 30-35 years ago.
I watched this game with my dad and I remember being a little frightened by how angry George Brett became when they called him out for having an illegal bat. I had never seen someone get that angry before.
If you don't want to sit through the whole thing, the key moments occur as follows (Thanks to YouTube user Jarek Masurak for breaking these down:
- Frank White's groundout - 0:18:26
- Dave Winfield's homerun - 0:23:56
- Frank White's infield single - 0:47:00
- Don Slaught's triple - 1:17:05
- Don Baylor's triple - 1:34:21
- Dave Winfield's single - 1:35:45
- Rich Gossage vs George Brett - 2:12:47
- Bret gets called out and goes batty - 2:16:10
- The resumption, twenty-five days later - 2:24:44
- The bottom of the ninth - 2:32:28
- And the last batter Oscar Gamble - 2:36:10
If you want to read up on the Pine Tar game, SI.com posted a pretty cool oral history of it this morning.