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Partying like 1999: Get ready for a Royals-Pirates World Series

May 10, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT

prince 1999

David Schoenfield of just tweeted this note and I had to share it:

First time both the Pirates and Royals have been over .500 on the same day 30 games into a season since May 16, 1999.

How long ago was that?

Well, that day the Pirates were playing the Expos and Vladimir Guerrero was Montreal’s cleanup hitter, Javier Vazquez was the starting pitcher, and Ted Lilly relieved him. Oh, and Jason Kendall was hitting fifth for Pittsburgh, which probably sounds impossible to anyone who only remembers the current version.

Also, the Royals’ cleanup hitter was Jeff King, who retired that season, and their outfield was Johnny Damon, Carlos Beltran, and Jermaine Dye. They were playing a Mariners team that had Alex Rodriguez batting second with Ken Griffey Jr. hitting third and Seattle’s starting pitcher that day was a 36-year-old Jamie Moyer.

Oh, and I was a sophomore in high school who’d just passed his driver’s license test and had big plans for a 1988 Chevy Corsica.

  1. spudchukar - May 10, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    While the chances are slim this match-up ever occurs, it sure is fun to ponder. Just the thought of a World Series in Pittsburgh and Kansas City probably has execs at Fox quaking in their boots. Any discomfort to Fox execs makes my day.

  2. Joe - May 10, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    All talk of small-market teams needing a level playing field goes out the window come playoff time. If anybody should be putting pressure on the owners to avoid a salary cap, it should be the networks.

  3. Jonny 5 - May 10, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    I never let people I actually know, know that I secretly like Prince. And it’s not his songs he’s written that turns my head. Nope, it’s the fact that this person no larger than a 10 year old Shreds like a mofo with his guitar. He lays it down for a pop artist.

    • Utley's Hair - May 10, 2011 at 6:03 PM

      Teeheehee—you like Prince—teeheehee

  4. bklynbaseball - May 10, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Wow – that brings back a few memories. May, 1999…..

  5. crpls - May 10, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Joe Randa HAD to be in that game, right?

    • sportsdrenched - May 10, 2011 at 5:00 PM

      No, And it was actually game 36

      But yes, 1999 good year.

  6. phukyouk - May 10, 2011 at 5:51 PM


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