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Watch David Wells’ perfect game from 15 years ago today

May 17, 2013, 12:51 PM EDT

david wells perfect game

Fifteen years ago today David Wells threw a perfect game against the Twins at Yankee Stadium. And then just to add to the drama Wells claimed afterward that he was “half-drunk” for the day game after partying with the cast of Saturday Night Live the night before.

Minnesota’s starter that day was LaTroy Hawkins, who’s amazingly still pitching in the majors for the Mets. And the only other still-active player to appear in the game is Derek Jeter.

I was 15 years old at the time and my beloved Twins were in the midst of their sixth consecutive losing season, so after initially rooting for them to beat the mighty Yankees by the end of the game I recall actually rooting for Wells to make history.

MLB has made the entire MSG Network broadcast of the game available for free on YouTube, which is a helluva way to kill a Friday afternoon:

  1. jckid21 - May 17, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    “And the only other still-active player from that game is Derek Jeter.”

    I think some guy named Mariano Rivera who played for the Yankees is still active too.

    Whatever happen to him?

    • ThatGuy - May 17, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      From that game. As in played in that game. Riveria didn’t play in the game. If it was rostered players there would be a number more as David Ortiz was on that Twins team. Torri Hunter and AJ Pierzynski also had cups of coffee with the Twins that year, but weren’t with the team at that time.

      • joeybiggz - May 17, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        Andy Pettitte is in the screen shot posted, Obviously he did not appear in the game

    • kopy - May 17, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      Mariano Rivera didn’t appear in that game because some guy named David Wells pitched the whole time.

      • kopy - May 17, 2013 at 1:32 PM

        Apologies for the snark if Aaron pulled the ol’ “bait ‘n’ edit” on you.

    • jckid21 - May 17, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      I hope you are all aware that the author of this article changed that sentence after I wrote my commnet.

      “And the only other still-active player from that game is Derek Jeter.”


      “And the only other still-active player to appear in the game is Derek Jeter”

      I directly copied that first sentence from the article above. It was changed.

      • ThatGuy - May 17, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        I saw it prior to it changed, but it still wasn’t wrong. Riveria and Ortiz didn’t play in that game. They are not on the official box score. It is not in their game logs. So there was nothing wrong with the original statement.

  2. acdc363 - May 17, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    I think I was 7 when this happened but I still remember it. David Wells is awesome.

    • bitlrc - May 17, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      you think you were 7?

      • psuorioles - May 17, 2013 at 2:29 PM

        now that’s funny…

  3. Bob - May 17, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    You’re a better man than I am. I would never root for my team to be the victim of a no-hitter, under any circumstance. A no-hitter is an embarrassment if you’re on the wrong side of it, even against a Hall of Famer.

  4. hojo20 - May 17, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    What I like about this game is how excited the Yankee played were for Wells. Once the big money guys like A-Rod came aboard the celebrations didn’t seem as genuine.

  5. rickdobrydney - May 17, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    David Wells –the strike MACHINE——-

  6. foreverchipper10 - May 17, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    A good friend of mine, a Phillies fan, was in attendance that day. I believe he has the ticket stub framed.

  7. Ben - May 17, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    I was just finishing my first semester in grad school and was driving back to my parents’ house for the summer on the day this game happened. I was going from Upper Montclair, NJ to Syracuse, NY. As I left NJ, I realized I could stop at Yankee Stadium and catch the game. However, as I had a LOT of stuff in the car, and I did not trust the lots around the stadium, I decided to skip it. I spend the next several hours trying to keep the game on the radio as I drove across NY state. I totally regret not going and getting one of the Beanie Babies they were giving away that day, one of which made it to the Hall IIRC.

  8. mybrunoblog - May 17, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Thanks for telling me you were 15 Gleeman you dirty SOB. Now get the hell off my lawn.
    Damm this makes me feel old. 15 years? Wow.
    A great day for Yankee fans, I remember it well. Interestingly, the photo shows that late Hideki Irabu. Now that was sad.

  9. hittfamily - May 17, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Many people believe drugs ended Darryl Strawberry’s career. They are wrong. It was having to carry David Wells off the mound. You have heard of mothers getting that superhuman strength to lift a car off their child, right? Well that didn’t happen here. Strawberry suffered 4 hernias and shat himself attempting this feat. Not even Magnus Ver Magnusson could have done this without suffering career ending injuries.

  10. halladayslabia - May 17, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden, Don Zimmer, David Wells, Knoblauch and Jim Leyritz are still alive from this game. Tom Kelly, Hideki Irabu, the Boss and Bobby Murcer aren’t. Seems a little unfair.

    • ThatGuy - May 17, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      Tom Kelly is still alive.

  11. Liam - May 17, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    I have see about five thousand 1-2-3 first innings in my life, but for some reason after Wells set down the first three Twins I turned to my dad and said “only twenty-four outs from a perfect game.” Never said that before or since. Three hours later I was absolutely stunned.

  12. asimonetti88 - May 17, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    have the game on right now, there are so many other great games on the MLBClassics channel. This is awesome.

  13. jimeejohnson - May 18, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Wells was a great, big pitcher but Darryl Strawberry was so strong he carried him with one arm!

  14. 27xwschamps - May 19, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Hey Boomer !!! Lets grab “some Buds”

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