Toronto Mike

The Final Opening Day at Exhibition Stadium


I'm watching the Jays opener against the Yankees.  It's the last opening day in Yankee Stadium history.  I remember skipping school to attend the last opening day in Exhibition Stadium history.

There were 46,028 of us on hand that April 14th, 1989 afternoon.  Jimmy Key pitched a two-hit complete game gem in a 3-0 shutout.  Nelson Liriano of all people was the offensive hero with a two run single to left.  When Kevin Seitzer flew out to George Bell to end the game, we were on our feet, saluting a masterpiece by Key and our favourite mistake by the lake.

I was in the general admission grandstand, and the regular price for that ticket was $4.  I believe I got in for $2 thanks to a promotion by Dominion grocery stores.  That was the best deal in the city.

Exhibition Stadium didn't have the history of Yankee Stadium, but try telling 14 year old me that.  We won that game, and I'd like to win this one.  It's 3-2 Yankees in the 8th.  Go Jays Go!

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