This Day In Sports History (October 26th) — New York Yankees
It was on this day in 2000 that the New York Mets and New York Yankees played Game 5 of the World Series. This was the last installment of the “Subway Series” and the Yankees went on to win the game and claim their third consecutive World Series title and fourth in the last five years.
All five games of the series were closely contested, as three games were decided by one run, while the other two were two-run ballgames. New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was named the World Series M.V.P. for the first time in his career, and it was his fourth World Series title in his first five professional seasons. This series is most remembered for an incident between Yankees starting pitcher Roger Clemens and catcher Mike Piazza of the Mets.
In Game 2 of the series, Piazza’s bat was shattered by Clemens. After the bat came flying towards Roger, he preceded to pick it up and throw it in Piazza’s direction. If you read Clemens’ lips, he says “I thought it was the ball,” which begs the following questions: How do you mistake a piece of broken wood for a ball? And if you thought it was the ball, why did you throw it towards him? Roid rage perhaps?
Here are highlights from Game 2, including Clemens vs. Piazza.
Francisco Liriano, MLB – Born October 26th 1983 (age 29) in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic
Andrea Bargnani, NBA – Born October 26th 1985 (age 27) in Rome, Italy
Monta Ellis, NBA – Born October 26th 1985 (age 27) in Jackson, Mississippi