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.