- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sunday’s best bet on television

The Ryder Cup is nice, but the World Wide Leader is featuring wall-to-wall coverage of the final game at Yankee Stadium. 1 p.m. (game at 8), ESPN


Corey Masisak provides some notes and thoughts from Friday’s media day:

General manager George McPhee said he’s not sure yet, but it looks like the Capitals could carry the full allotment of 23 players. He had mentioned to me at the draft this summer that keeping less guys would be an option, especially because the team will be pretty tight up against the salary cap. Remember, it is a day-to-day thing, so sneaking a few days with only 20, 21 or 22 guys on the active roster could give them a little cap space to be used at the trade deadline.

McPhee also said Brian Pothier has made “significant progress” in his attempt to return from postconcussion syndrome, but there is no timetable for his return. I talked to Brian briefly in passing, and he seemed to be in good spirits. He said he’s not ready to get out on the ice, but he’s making “baby steps.”


This week has featured lists of the greatest moments at Yankee Stadium. To avoid becoming part of the herd, here are the best Stadium moments — limited to the past 15 years:

1. Game 6, 1996 World Series — The Yankees beat Greg Maddux and the Braves to finish the first championship of the new dynasty. The team’s last World Series victory was in 1978.

2. Game 7, 2003 ALCS — Pedro Martinez. Grady Little. Aaron Boone. Goodbye.

3. Sept. 4, 1993 — OK, it was 15 years and 18 days ago, but Jim Abbott — with one hand — threw a no-hitter in the majors. Now that’s inspirational. For baseball junkies, he didn’t allow a hit against an Indians lineup that included Kenny Lofton, Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez, Jim Thome and Sandy Alomar.

4. Game 2, 2000 World Series — In an infamous video clip, Roger Clemens throws a piece of Mike Piazza’s bat back at him. More than anything, it summed up the rivalry — which the Yankees finished on top of with the World Series in five games.

5. May 17, 1998 — David Wells tosses the first perfect game in Yankees regular-season history, beating the Twins 4-0.

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