Adam Reisinger, the creator of AdamReisinger.com, turns 30 on May 17, 2010. As part of the countdown to his 30th birthday, AdamReisinger.com looks back on May 17th each year since 1980.
I graduated high school early in 1998, so I wanted to do something special for my 18th birthday. My original plan was to go to a baseball game, but the Mets were on the road that day, so I started looking at Yankees tickets. Unfortunately, despite starting my search in mid-March (after I'd returned from my spring training trip) tickets were already sold out.
I had a hard time believing that the Yankees were completely sold out on a random Sunday in May against a shitty Twins team, but I did a little digging and it turned out it was Beanie Baby Day. Remember those things? Hell, I still have a Beanie Baby Bull in my car, but I wasn't about to fight it out with desperate Beanie Baby collectors for scalped tickets, so I settled for staying home and watching the game on TV.
The game that turned out to be a perfect game by David Wells. Fuck you Beanie Baby people.
12 years later, I've still never seen a perfect game or even a no hitter. The most memorable baseball thing I've ever seen was Mark McGwire's 50th homer during his 70 homer season later in 1998 (I specify baseball, because I've been to two entire NBA Finals, which is pretty hard to top).
Oh, and while Wells was throwing his perfect game, the Mets were losing in San Francisco. They were in second place at the end of the day, but trailed the first-place Braves by 8 1/2 games. Meanwhile in the NBA, the Bulls were beating the Pacers in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Finals series. Michael Jordan led all scorers with 31 points.