But this time I saw the game when I was at work, so I only had time to glance at the first inning. A co-worker and I were commenting on what we saw. Among the brilliant observations:
- The Royals' road uniforms in 1976 were VERY blue. I sort of remember them as a light, powder blue, but these were more vivid blue, neon blue. Bright. They looked uncomfortable to wear. But I suppose if you could wear rainbow stripes across your chest, a star on your belly and an orange hat on your head, then you could wear some bright blue jammies.
- It was shocking how young George Brett looked in that game. He had been in the majors for three years at that point. He looked like he was a senior in high school.
- Ed Figueroa started for the Yankees. My comment when I saw him was "I saw him pitch in the first major league game I ever saw in person." That's really adding something to the conversation there, night owl.
- John Mayberry hit an absolute bomb off of Figueroa in the top of the first inning. It was cranked into the right field stands at Yankee Stadium. Mayberry's best years were before my time, but it looks like he could really hit. I had a book as a kid that had different stories about Mayberry, Rod Carew, Lou Brock and Steve Garvey. I remember reading about Mayberry's struggles to adjust to the majors before he came to K.C.
In fact, many say Chambliss never touched the plate at the end of his home run in '76 and should have been called out because of it. Another nefarious plot to further the Yankees' cause had succeeded.
I remember the 1980 World Series when police came out on horseback to prevent Phillies fans from storming the field when their team clinched the title. That was the turning point in on-field celebrations. Now, when a team celebrates the Series, they do it all by themselves. It's almost surreal -- the players mobbing each other, while the people who have rooted for them all season long dance and jump in the stands separated from their heroes. But I guess that's the way it's got to be. Can you imagine the lawsuits there would be if they allowed that stuff from the '70s to go on today?
Chambliss' blast marked the return of Yankee dominance that had been dead since St. Louis beat New York in the World Series in 1964. And if there's one thing I'm against it's Yankee dominance. So I'm not sure why this card is here. It's not awesome at all. Chambliss isn't awesome. And he's not No. 10! The Penguin is No. 10! Chambliss stole Ron Cey's uniform number! These Yankees will stop at nothing! Call Chambliss out! Replay the game!