Yankee Stadium - July 25, 1998
Jim Bouton returns to Yankee Stadium for the first time in nearly thirty years. Bouton's banishment by the Yankees, for having written Ball Four, ended when his son Michael wrote a letter to the New York Times on Father's Day, asking the Yankees to let bygones be bygones.
"I climbed out of
the dugout and started for first base. I felt unsteady, like I might topple
over. I heard a roar. What if I fell down? I wondered. It seemed as if
I was moving in slow motion, or underwater. At some point my hearing went
out. I was moving in a white zone, watching myself slap hands with the
other players. I took my place at the end of the line, numb, trying to
figure out what had happened."
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