Sep
21

Game 156: The House That Became A Home

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Today is a day that I thought would never come. Like the last day of summer vacation as a kid, I knew it would happen eventually but didn’t want to believe it. But now it’s here, the last game at Yankee Stadium, and I can best describe the feeling as sad, joyful and nostalgic.

I’ve spent many days in The House That Ruth Built, more than I care to count. Whether I was a kid annoying my father for more cotton candy, or cutting class in high school to catch a day game from the far reaches of Tier Reserved, or a yuppie deciding which dugout I wanted to sit behind, the one thing that never changed was the proud Stadium. Walking out of the tunnel to see the greenest grass I’ve ever seen and hear Ed Alstrom on the organ for the first time has always been one of my favorite memories of the Stadium.

We’ve bitched and moaned about the team on the field all season long, but I don’t even care about that anymore. Today is about celebrating a long-standing New York tradition, soaking in the best Yankee Stadium has to offer. As Doug Mientkiewicz perfectly put it: God did create heaven on Earth … it’s called Yankee Stadium.

Yankee Stadium will live on forever in our hearts and memories, but as Jane Heller reminds us: The memories — the magic — were never really about the building. Truer words have never been spoken.

The baseball gods took care of the Yanks today like they have so many times before, granting just a perfect day for baseball. Enjoy the game, enjoy the pre- and post-game festivities, enjoy being a Yankees’ fan.

1. Johnny Damon, CF
2. Derek Jeter, SS
3. Bobby Abreu, RF
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Jason Giambi, 1B
6. Xavier Nady, LF
7. Robinson Cano, 2B
8. Hideki Matsui, DH
9. Jose Molina, C

And on the mound, a man who has won 94 of the 169 games he’s pitched in Yankee Stadium, Andy Pettitte.

Categories : Game Threads

437 Comments

  1. Joey H says:

    Today im wondering to myself. whats gonna make me cry? Bernie’s appearance, pettite’s exit from the game, or the hammer of god entering to entersandman.

  2. Dan F says:

    Rumor has it that Metallica will be in attendance to play Mariano in one last time

  3. Manimal says:

    Pats lose, Giants GW field goal, and yankees stadium’s farewell all in one day.

  4. Mike A. says:

    Way to go, Mets’ bullpen.

  5. Joey says:

    Is it blasphemy ESPN is playing Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York before the Yanks play, much less win? I cringed and changed the channel quickly, don’t want to jinx the last game

  6. Manimal says:

    Harlan just said Joba was a Braves fan and a Frank Thomas fan. Wierd Combo.

  7. Manimal says:

    If ESPN is really a bunch of Sox fans in disguise, I tip my hat, their doing a hell of a job covering the game.

  8. Mike A. says:

    Heh, Jeter’s body language was like “please go away Joe Morgan, I don’t want to talk to you.”

  9. UWS says:

    Oh good, Paul O’Neill is in the “Joba must be TEH 8TH INNING GUY!!!!” camp.

    • The Paulie handling of the Ensberg/Hawkins number flap was enough to convince me that I don’t need to listen to any of Paulie’s observations about the game.

      He was a good player. He’s unoriginal and uncritical as an analyst. Pass.

  10. Mike Pop says:

    Cant beleive o neil jus implied joba should be a reliever ugh

  11. Manimal says:

    The ceremony will involve either the ex-players or the family of ex-players jogging to their respective position, much like the All star game ceremony.

  12. Joey says:

    I was just going to guess an over/under for # of crashes, but you guys HAD to ruin all the fun and get a good server. lol :-P

  13. UWS says:

    Gotta love ESPN camera panning in on ARod as Buck talks about NY fans being able to sniff out a phony. Heh.

  14. Mike A. says:

    Heh, bravo to Sterling to showing off the shuffle.

  15. Manimal says:

    Oh. My. God. John Sterling is the man.

  16. Mike Pop says:

    I would give 1000 dollars to see a no hitter or something historical tonight for the yankees

    • UWS says:

      That would be cool, but knowing this year’s Yankees, the no-hitter would probably be against them.

      I’ll settle simply for a nice win, with Mo closing it out.

  17. Jake H says:

    Biggest regret of my life is that I never made it to a game. Wife chose Antigua over NY for our honeymoon this august.

  18. Manimal says:

    I’ve only been to 2 games at the stadium, and I’ve got to say the best was a walk-off homerun off the bat of fan favorite Melky Cabrera.

  19. Mike A. says:

    Dammit!!! That would have been a great title for the post.

    The House That Became A Home

  20. Mike Pop says:

    man i know its offf topic but shockey and 85 are killing my fantasy team

  21. Manimal says:

    Bernie has put on some pounds.

  22. Ivan says:

    I can’t believe it. This is it folks, the last game in this stadium. I kinda speechless you know.

  23. I saw my first game I can remember at Yankee Stadium probably around 1969 when I was 4 years old. My Grandfather brought my brother and I. I wish I had a picture from that day. I do have a memory though. My Grandfather was upset that all my brother and I were interested in was the hot dogs and cotton candy. Oh well, what do you expect from two little Mets fans?
    Sportstuffblog

  24. Mike Pop says:

    Who would you say our best pitcher was from the dynasty years ? Probably Cone right

  25. Mike Pop says:

    Im tearing man

  26. Mike Pop says:

    The Dive !!!

  27. Mike Pop says:

    I freaken love Tino

  28. Ivan says:

    Whats the greatest game ya ever saw here?

    Mine was always 03 ALCS game against the sox. I remember the game so vividly and even what I was doing during the game.

  29. UWS says:

    Of course this being ESPN, they HAD to show the Red Sox ‘04 win. Uuugh.

  30. Ivan says:

    Geez did ya see how the mets BP inplode? Yikes.

  31. UWS says:

    It’s a crime that we get to hear the stylings of Joe Morgan and John Miller tonight. I’m no fan of Michael Kay, but YES should’ve been the ones to broadcast the game.

  32. Samsonov KGB says:

    they should just let yogi announce the game on his own

  33. Mike A. says:

    Gator looks like he could throw an inning or two if need be.

  34. UWS says:

    I was talking about this with my roommate this morning: why the need to knock down the Old Stadium? Why not make it into a national landmark museum? People would come in droves to see it. As for the whole “need to give parkland to the community” thing, how much would the kids LOVE to play on the same field where the game’s greats had stepped?

    • steve (different one) says:

      aren’t they keeping the field though as part of the park?

      i’d imagine the answer is that the real estate in NYC is way too scarce and way too valuable to keep an old stadium around.

      • mustang says:

        “aren’t they keeping the field though as part of the park?”

        At one point they were toying with the idea of making it into a Little League ball field to play championship games and stuff I don’t know what happen with that but that would be cool.

  35. Ivan says:

    Boy it would be really cool if Phil Rizzuto was alive and stuff. You know he would did something funny.

  36. UWS says:

    Mariano: “Adrenaline will be going through my body. I don’t know, maybe I won’t be able to pitch….”

    Um, get a grip, Mo! We don’t want a blown save to be our lasting memory of tonight!

  37. steve (different one) says:

    that thing on Boomer’s chin is gross.

  38. Mike Pop says:

    Gammons shouldnt be here

  39. Joey says:

    Yogi is da man

  40. Jake H says:

    I’m going to hate watching it on ESPN.

  41. Mike Pop says:

    Sad we aint going to the playoffs =[

  42. UWS says:

    Bobby Murcer tributes make me cry every damn time.

  43. Ivan says:

    There is no baseball uniform that’s better than the yanks. Best Hats.

  44. Ivan says:

    It’s really good to see Bernie back. It’s truly good to see him here cuz it’s just seems like forever when we didn’t see him.

  45. Joey says:

    WTF!?!?!?! I get all excited the pre-game ceremonies are about to begin and fucking Chris Berman and ESPN News appear with NFL scores shit…………………. I called ESPN customer service and they told me there is a game on (didn’t know which game or whatever) and that its on ESPNClassic. It’ll switch back once the “game” ends. God I hate Orlando/ESPN

  46. Mike A. says:

    The Voice of God.

  47. steve (different one) says:

    this is giving me a seizure

  48. Jake H says:

    How could you be wearing an Oregon ducks t shirt to the final yankee game?

  49. Ivan says:

    Im really gonna miss “The Black”.

  50. UWS says:

    This is so cool.

  51. Mike A. says:

    Wow, they’re going all out.

  52. steve (different one) says:

    this is a little freaky in a “field of dreams” kindof way

  53. Mike A. says:

    Oh cool, the Babe showed up.

  54. Frank says:

    YES’ pre-game coverage is superb as usual.

    Although this is unusual…. could’ve done without the re-enactment.

  55. Ivan says:

    It is quite hard to believe and you have to be amaze that the yankee uniform has never change.

  56. Mike A. says:

    Okay, now this is cool.

  57. steve (different one) says:

    it’s cool that Matsui is playing tonight

  58. Ivan says:

    ROY!!!!

  59. steve (different one) says:

    Winfield – A-Rod before A-Rod, maybe in 20 years A-Rod will be appreciated too

  60. Ivan says:

    HOLY COW, THE SCOOTER.

  61. UWS says:

    They go from left field to….shortstop????

  62. Ivan says:

    DEREK JETER…….DEREK JETER.

  63. Mike A. says:

    Man, I CAN’T wait for Bernie. You have no idea.

  64. steve (different one) says:

    it’s appropriate that Cora is with Mo, since Scooter is also with God

  65. UWS says:

    Cora still looks great.

  66. Ivan says:

    unclutch

  67. Jake H says:

    It’s a shame Donnie won’t be here for the game.

  68. mustang says:

    Greatest moments for me I have 3 of them:
    1 and 2- Watching games 1 and 2 of the 2000 World Series my dream match up and the only time that I didn’t care that I had bleachers seats. LOL

    3- Watching Gooden’s no-hitter thanks to my wife who picks that game as the make-up for a snowy cold opening day.

    Everything after this has been a cherry on top thank you to the old lady I will miss so much.

  69. steve (different one) says:

    Barfield? holy shit.

  70. UWS says:

    From Pete Abe:

    UPDATE, 7:28 p.m: When A-Rod was shown on the scoreboard in a video montage of great third basemen, people booed.

    That’s pathetic if true.

  71. steve (different one) says:

    they should have had Barry Pepper do Maris

  72. Ivan says:

    MR. OCTOBER!!!

  73. steve (different one) says:

    ladies and gentleman, LaTroy Haaaaaawkins!!!

  74. Ivan says:

    PAULIE. GOD of Grit and Gutty.

  75. steve (different one) says:

    wonder if knoblaugh will be here

  76. Mike Pop says:

    Paulie is my boy

  77. steve (different one) says:

    no Steve Sax?

    • Eddie: (reading Sax’s license) Well well, Steve Sax, from New York City.
      Lou: I heard some guy got killed in New York City and they never solved the case. But you wouldn’t know anything about that now, would you, Steve?
      (Lou and Eddie laugh)
      Steve Sax: But there are hundreds of unsolved murders in New York City.
      Lou: You don’t know when to keep your mouth shut, do you, Saxxy Boy?

  78. Ivan says:

    Gotta See Wille man.

  79. Mike Pop says:

    Tony Womack is like hey where the fuck am i on there

  80. UWS says:

    Yay, Willie!!!

  81. Frank says:

    Wonder why the Mets never took to this guy…..

  82. Ivan says:

    WILLIE!!!

  83. Joey says:

    Willie with the slide!!! (feet first, teaching the kids right!)

  84. Mike A. says:

    What happened? Did he trip over the bag?

  85. Ivan says:

    One of my fav yankee moments, when Tino hit that GS in that 98 WS.

  86. steve (different one) says:

    ladies and gentlemen, Cecil “i ate the Center” Fielder

  87. Chip says:

    Please tell me Tino is there, the Stadium will go crazy

  88. Ivan says:

    Wow that a great scene seeing Chambliss being mobbed by yankke fans.

  89. UWS says:

    Can’t believe Mattingly didn’t make it.

  90. steve (different one) says:

    was that grand slam in 1998 really one of the “biggest HRs in Yankee history”?

    it’s not like they were going to lose that series no matter what.

    love Tino though.

  91. scottnar says:

    giardi’s triple, awesome

  92. Joey says:

    Hip Hip Jorge! Man do I miss him

  93. UWS says:

    YOGI!!!!!!!

  94. Ivan says:

    Yogiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Berra.

  95. Jake H says:

    YOGI!

  96. Joey says:

    Standing right on the plate. You tell them whose house this is Yogi!!!!!

  97. Mike A. says:

    So yeah, there’s no way this game’s starting at 8:15.

  98. Sheryl Howard… I’d hit that.

  99. Ivan says:

    Hey Howard’s daughter looks cute.

  100. steve (different one) says:

    i think they are saving Bernie for last.

    man, i hope the stadium doesn’t collapse from that ovation.

  101. steve (different one) says:

    goosebumps

  102. UWS says:

    Michael Munson needs a lesson on manners. Didn’t even shake Yogi’s hand.

  103. steve (different one) says:

    maybe my favorite Yankee moment ever, the triple

  104. dan says:

    what channel is this? espn isnt showing it where I am

  105. Mike A. says:

    Am I the only one that thinks the only reason Girardi’s part of this is because he’s the manager? He wasn’t exactly a “great” Yankee.

    • Ivan says:

      yea but you can say that for some guys here as well. Besides, that Triple put him in yankee lore forever.

    • A.D. says:

      going to be a bias toward lesser, more recent Yankees on championship teams, cause it gets the fans going and all. So definitely helps he’s the manager, but he’d probably be there anyways

    • steve (different one) says:

      he was the starting catcher on 2/3 championship teams.

      he’s not much worse than Brosius, no matter what people seem to remember about Brosius’ abilities

    • Chip says:

      Caught a no-hitter, perfect game and won a few rings with them. He might not have been a great offensive force but he had good timing

  106. Ivan says:

    Yankee crowd: cheering

    Pete Abe: BOOOO.

  107. scottnar says:

    A-rod is probably watching madonna videos in the clubhouse

  108. Bill N says:

    No Alvero Espinosa ?
    Comeon

  109. Mike A. says:

    Jimmy Key, you’re my boy blue.

  110. Ivan says:

    Wow Chien Ming wang is on that list.

  111. UWS says:

    Haha, no Roger in the montage.

  112. Mike Pop says:

    Man i would LOVE to be there tonight

  113. Ivan says:

    One more thing, if they gonna bring up Doc Godden, could they bring up Strawberry.

  114. A.D. says:

    Chairman of the board, one of the greatest nicknames ever

  115. Joey says:

    Wow, Whitey and Don. Awesome.

  116. Mike A. says:

    Don Larsen’s stealin’s shit.

    • UWS says:

      Were you as worried as I was that he might throw his back out or something when he bent down to scoop up the dirt?

  117. A.D. says:

    Nice Larson taking the dirt

  118. Ivan says:

    No Juan Figueroa?

  119. Joey says:

    I’m surprised security didn’t throw Larson down and cuff him, he was stealing dirt!

  120. steve (different one) says:

    i’d like to see Goose throw an inning tonight

  121. Ivan says:

    THE GATOR. He was Chamberlain beofre Chamberlain with the stuff he had.

  122. Ivan says:

    Lets be real, right now he could pitch better than Ponson or rasner, the Boomer.

  123. steve (different one) says:

    hey Coney, how come you don’t have a dance??

  124. UWS says:

    Here we go….

  125. Ivan says:

    Here it is guys Centerfield.

  126. Manimal says:

    Oh my god BERNIE!!!

  127. scottnar says:

    no melky?

  128. Mike A. says:

    WTF? No teh Melky?

  129. Joey says:

    No Melky?

  130. Chip says:

    Damon? Really?

  131. steve (different one) says:

    man, Bernie had a nice swing

  132. UWS says:

    No Kenny Lofton?

  133. Manimal says:

    Berrrrnnn baby bernnn.

  134. Manimal says:

    Didnt Yestremski get the triple crown after Mantle? Pwnt.

  135. Ivan says:

    Bernie Goes Boom.

  136. scottnar says:

    how about a surprise and retire 51 and 21 tonight?

  137. Manimal says:

    Holy shit, 244 comments and the game didnt even start.

  138. dan says:

    My fucking RA turned the TV off for some hall council meeting right as the Centerfielders were being announced.

  139. Manimal says:

    I think I just shat my self.

  140. A.D. says:

    BER-NIE

  141. steve (different one) says:

    fantastic honoring of Bernie.

    well done Yanks.

  142. Ivan says:

    BERNIE!!!!!

  143. Mike A. says:

    Oh my goodness. This is awesome. Seeing Bernie in uniform again…

  144. mustang says:

    Mantle HR to the lights on top of the Stadium.
    WOW !!!!!!!

  145. For some reason, I feel like listening to some smooth-jazz-rock fusion all of a sudden.

  146. Jake H says:

    BERNIE!

  147. Joey says:

    BERNIE!!!!!!!!

  148. UWS says:

    Welcome home, Bernie.

  149. Ivan says:

    This is just phenonemal

  150. Manimal says:

    Don’t worry Bernie, we didn’t forget you.

  151. A.D. says:

    he’s loving it

  152. steve (different one) says:

    in honor of this moment, Bernie has written a cool jazz instrumental called “the eagle and the bumblebee”

  153. HOLY SHIT THE VOICE OF GOD…

    I just pissed all over myself.

  154. Joey says:

    OOOOOHHHH the chills just hearing the Voice of God

  155. Mike A. says:

    I swear to God, if they boo A-Rod…

  156. dan says:

    I hate my life.

  157. Ivan says:

    This is Sweet.

  158. scottnar says:

    jason’s last game

  159. steve (different one) says:

    doesn’t sound like booing to me.

    Abraham has an agenda

  160. Ivan says:

    Cano in da house.

  161. Manimal says:

    Dont jog out to fast Matsui.

  162. steve (different one) says:

    could be Matsui’s last game in pinstripes….

  163. scottnar says:

    pudge is probably pissed

  164. Ivan says:

    Power of Pinstripes.

  165. Mike A. says:

    Only the Yankees.

  166. A.D. says:

    Nady looks like a little kid compared to Winfield

  167. steve (different one) says:

    man, it would suck if Roberts leads off with a HR

  168. steve (different one) says:

    to catch the first pitch, yankee catching legend, Matt Nokes!!

  169. 10 bucks says ARod hits the last HR in the history of the stadium.

  170. scottnar says:

    stand on the rubber Ruth!!

  171. UWS says:

    The only way this whole thing could’ve been even cooler would’ve been to have The Voice of God announce the original starting lineup.

  172. mustang says:

    Oh God please let them win the game I don’t want them to be eliminated tonight.
    Not tonight, please.

  173. steve (different one) says:

    sign her up Cashman!!

  174. Manimal says:

    8:14. Their a minute early.

  175. Ivan says:

    She throws harder than Moyer.

  176. A.D. says:

    Ruth’s grand daughter is just like “give me the damn ball”

  177. mustang says:

    RUTH
    ” THE GREATEST PLAYER EVER “

  178. Seeing Ravech, Kruk, and Showalter after all that is like watching the Three Stooges broadcasting on the installation of a Pope.

  179. Mike A. says:

    They should totally sign Winfield to play CF next year. That dude looks like he never stopped playing.

  180. Chip says:

    The only way this turns out correctly is if the Yankees win 1-0 on a walk-off homer by Jeter (with Pettite throwing the shutout of course)

  181. A.D. says:

    Oh Showalter and his big words

  182. Showalter: “I guess the word is … etheral.”

    hahahahahahahahahahah

    STFU.

  183. Mike A. says:

    Damn yo, Jeter’s sister is kinda hot.

  184. Manimal says:

    Those handprints are sick.

  185. Manimal says:

    Oh my god, it takes about 15 seconds to fully load the game thread already.

  186. Mike A. says:

    Joe Morgan: “When I think of Yankee Stadium, I don’t think of my accomplishments.”

    Well, isn’t that kind of him?

  187. Joey says:

    Well at least they’ll be a lot of guests in the booth tonight, the more they talk the less Morgan talks

  188. UWS says:

    Joe Morgan: “I think they’ll play this game because there’s something called Yankee Pride.”

    Yeah, good thing they aren’t the Pittsburth Pirates, otherwise they’d just forfeit the rest of the season.

  189. Ivan says:

    Game Time.

  190. dan says:

    1000 comments tonight? LoHud’s only about 150 ahead of us right now

  191. UWS says:

    Any there any way to make a new thread? My browser keeps crashing when I try to load this one…

  192. Gammons couldn’t even make it 100 words before mentioning the Red Sox.

    Fucker.

  193. Manimal says:

    Its almost freaky how similarly Joba looks like Babe.

  194. Jamie says:

    I just started crying. Is anyone else feeling this way? I feel weird.

  195. Joey says:

    Wonder if Jamal is at the game, or just enjoyed the pre-game ceremonies quietly

  196. giselle says:

    wow, i can’t wait to check out the new stadium next year. its gonna be awesome!

  197. dan says:

    Where’s Ben sitting?

  198. Miller and Morgan = Beavis and Butthead.

    I’ve never missed Michael Kay more than right now.

  199. Jake H says:

    Spike lee in the bleachers

  200. A.D. says:

    alright camera for the roll call

  201. giselle says:

    sweet. they should show the roll call for every game…

  202. Ivan says:

    How can ya not like Damon.

  203. Bobby got it TWICE!

    And didn’t drop the ball, either.

  204. Mac says:

    So is A-Rod going to have an 0′fer tonight? or is he going to knock the cover off the ball?

  205. Mike A. says:

    I don’t like this Charlie Waters character. His numbers are too shitty for the Yanks to have a chance.

  206. From the commercial: “And in the final year of the century, the Yankees win their 25th championship!”

    That would be the 1999 title (the 25th), which is NOT the last year of the century, it’s the second to the last. Was that Jon Miller’s voice? Sounded like it to me.

    Idiot.

  207. Mike A. says:

    So what’s up people, anyone having issues getting the site to load? I’ll start a new thread if need be, but the new server’s working great for me. Loads right up.

  208. I love that only Jeter has the balls to have Cameo’s “Candy” as his intro music.

    It’s the official song of strippers left and right, and yet he makes it look cool.

  209. A.D. says:

    Waters looked good there

  210. Bobby Abreu, Professional DH.

  211. Batty says:

    Listening to it on the radio. Me and my gf just broke up today after over a year together, took the bus back from Boston and today’s our anniversary. Everything was great but I’m not Jewish so it was a tough spot to be in.

    ANYWAY, she is also a Yankees fan so I bought the 8-pack season tickets for us this summer, they were all memorable. I read Steve’s post about thinking about someone you love and man it’s been a tear jerker just realizing that after tonight no one will ever play a professional ball game again in that space ever again. All in the name of money.

    So, yeah – I’m not too proud to say I cried a bit during the opening. Friend’s coming over and we’ll head to a bar to watch it. She’s not a fan but she did come to a game with me.

  212. BigBlueAL says:

    Kinda sad that George Steinbrenner isnt at the game. Funny thing is Pete Abe noted that Hal is there but not big-mouth Hank.

  213. Joey H says:

    They HAVE to win this game.. .right?

  214. Pedro says:

    There’s Pettitte doing his thing (sucking) for one last time this season.

  215. Joey says:

    Alright Andy, no more, jitters should be gone

  216. A.D. says:

    if there is no HR hit tonight, who currently holds the last HR at the Stadium?

  217. Ivan says:

    Im calling it, A-Rod is gonna park one.

  218. Mike A. says:

    An unclutch leadoff walk.

  219. BigBlueAL says:

    I cant believe Giambi still has the nWo Wolfpack theme song as his song when he comes up to hit.

  220. Joey H says:

    Ok who else is man enough to admit they are gonna cry like a bitch when mo comes in for the last time with his regular skip and a jogg to entersandman? say “I” illl start it off.. I

  221. Joey says:

    Why do we have so many problems with shitty pitchers? Nice catch btw

  222. Chip says:

    Damn, I thought he punched that through

  223. Pedro says:

    It’s such a shame we have to say goodbye to the Stadium while watching this pathetic offense get dominated once again.

    • Chip says:

      We’re only 7 batters into it

      • Joey H says:

        these people need to quit it with this grab-assing bullshit. its not even the first time thru the order. can they possibly understand the emotion of these men? NO. so everyone cut ur shit and kick back. mute the TV and listen to sterling.

  224. A.D. says:

    geez pettite

  225. Mac says:

    Joe Morgan man….so awkward.

  226. Joey says:

    Lesson learned: Don’t shake off Yogi

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  228. Mike A. says:

    The site’s running a little slow, so I’m closing this thread. There’s a new one here:

    http://riveraveblues.com/2008/.....read-4610/

  229. A.D. says:

    Haha Yogi is like don’t even go there Morgan, he was out