All these years later, Joe Carter has only one complaint about the home run he hit to win the 1993 World Series: It doesn't draw the attention it deserves.
The former Toronto slugger said fans and historians rank his Game 6, bottom-of-the-ninth, three-run homer off Phillies closer Mitch Williams below moments such as Kirk Gibson's pinch-hit homer off Dennis Eckersley in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.
Highlights of big home runs by Bill Mazeroski and Bobby Thomson often get shown far more than Carter's shot.
"[My home run] will make the top 10 - but it's never No. 1, it's never been No. 2, it's always been in the middle of the pack," Carter said yesterday. "Had it been [hit] for the Yankees or the Dodgers, then I think it would have been No. 1. But, because it was in Toronto, it has not gotten the respect that I think it really should deserve."
The Blue Jays plan to recognize their back-to-back World Series championship teams of 1992 and 1993 with a reunion weekend Aug. 7-9.
High-priced seats. Yankees general partner Hal Steinbrenner admits that some tickets in the new $1.5 billion Yankee Stadium might be overpriced, given the recession.
The Yankees set prices for the premium Legends Suites seats 13 months ago and sold them for $500 to $2,500 as part of season tickets. According to the team's Web site, some of those seats remain available for individual games, when the price goes up to $2,625.
"I think if anybody in any business had known where this economy was going to go, they would have done things differently," Steinbrenner said. "Look, there's no doubt small amounts of our tickets might be overpriced."
Fan initiative. Commissioner Bud Selig announced the creation of the Commissioner's Fan Initiative, which is designed to make fans aware of the growing number of affordable ticket and event promotions offered by all clubs.
Fans can go to www.MLB.com, where they will find a Fan Value Corner. In that section, broken down by team, fans can find ways to save money.
Twins. Righthander Scott Baker was placed on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder stiffness and will miss at least his first two scheduled starts, including opening day.
Minnesota also put righthander Boof Bonser and catcher Joe Mauer on the DL. Bonser had shoulder surgery and is expected to miss the season. Mauer is recovering from inflammation in his lower back.
Red Sox. Boston will start its season with seating improvements to 97-year old Fenway Park for the eighth consecutive year. This season there are more seats in the upper right-field stands.
Nationals. First baseman Dmitri Young will start the season on the 15-day disabled list because of hip and back injuries.
Rangers. Centerfielder Andruw Jones earned the final spot on Texas' roster. Jones, who will turn 32 on April 23, got the last spot over Frank Catalanotto, who was placed on irrevocable-release waivers.
Unbelievable. The scoreboard in Bradenton, Fla., read:
Manatee Community College 6, Pirates 4.
Yes, it was a split squad. Yes, the Pirates' squad was composed entirely of minor-leaguers.