• Rags’ No-No…Revisited

    Posted by on June 29th, 2008 · Comments (5)

    Daniel Brown, of the San Jose Mercury News, sat down with Dave Righetti – to review his no-hitter against the Red Sox…a quarter-century ago.

    Has it really been that long? If I close my eyes, I can remember the day like it was yesterday. The game was on SportsChannel. I had to work that night. At that time, I was working part-time at Macy*s (in the Staten Island Mall). Typically, back then, stores would be closed on a holiday like the Fourth of July. However, Macy*s decided to be radical, buck the trend that year, and have the store open. My shift started at six o’clock – which meant that I had to leave my house around 5:15 pm (to get there in time).

    Rags’ no-hitter ended a few minutes before five o’clock. So, it was a close call for me – I got to watch the whole game and then had to hustle up…getting changed for work quickly and then driving out to the Mall.

    Since it was fairly strange to have a store open, then, on the Fourth of July, there were almost zero customers there (that night). There was one Asian family walking about the store – and they spoke very little english. (Our guess, in the store, was that they were visiting the States and didn’t even know it was the Fourth of July.) That’s it. From six to nine-thirty (closing time), we saw no one else in the store sans that family.

    So, this provided a great chance for me and some of the other guys working there (who were also Yankees fans) to spend the evening regaling over Righetti’s achievement. We also staged a mini-game of ball in the aisle between men’s accessories and ladies’ handbags when that family wasn’t around and the floor managers (who were just as ‘thrilled’ to be there on a holiday as we were) looked the other way. (What we used for a bat and ball…I can’t remember…but I do recall that neither was very effective.)

    Click here to read Brown’s feature in the Mercury News. It’s a good one.

    What’s your memory of July 4, 1983? Feel free to post it in the comments section below.

    Comments on Rags’ No-No…Revisited

    1. mantle
      June 29th, 2008 | 5:45 pm

      My dad was a Manager (80 Years old this month)of a Snug Harbor Little League team that year and there was this one good ball Player Matt Riley whose dad gave us a summer house for one month at Cedar Grove Beach.(at the end of New Dorp lane)I remember watching the game on a box they had on top of the T.V. Was that Sportschannel Steve? My Dad sits in the hospital as we speak. when i left there at 1:15 he was watching the start of the mets-Yankees game. Steve you made me remember a special moment. thanks Chris Bert

    2. June 29th, 2008 | 8:44 pm

      Yeah, pretty sure you needed a box back then to get SC…this was before the Island had cable, IIRC.

      Sorry to hear about your Dad. I hope he’s feeling better soon.

    3. redbug
      June 30th, 2008 | 8:33 am

      Now I know why I was listening to the game in my backyard rather than watching it on TV. I didn’t SC. Never-the-less, I enjoyed it and can recall it just like it was yesterday.

      Best 4th of July ever!

    4. June 30th, 2008 | 10:04 am

      Baseball on the radio, in the backyard, during the summer…

      hey, don’t feel like you missed something not having SC…there’s few things better for a kid than hanging in their own backyard, in the summer, with the ballgame on the radio!

    5. gene0714
      June 30th, 2008 | 8:16 pm

      I remember that game and that summer well. I was 9 years old and was lucky enough to be at the July 4th game. I also happened to attend the game 20 days letter in what became known as the Pine Tar game. I was in my SI Little League uniform, and unfortnately had to leave early because I had a game that day. We were listening to the game in the car on the way out of the stadium when the incident happened. I love being a Yankee fan. Do fans of any other teams get to have memories like this?

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