A glimpse back in time
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - In commercials for the television series Unforgettable, starring Poppy Montgomery and Dylan Walsh, Montgomery's character (Carrie Wells) explains to a new partner about her ability to visually remember anything she's seen in the past by referencing, among other things, a Yankees game from Aug. 23, 1999.

Being curious, I investigated the game and found a box score which likely would have caused fantasy owners more heartache than pleasure.

The Yankees won that game, handily, blowing out Texas by a 21-3 score. And anyone with a New York player in their lineup would have been initially jumping for joy when they saw the offensive explosion, but the excitement would quickly subside.

That's because the Yankees' attack wasn't led by the top of the order where most of the fantasy starters resided.

Leadoff hitter Chuck Knoblauch would have been cursed by fantasy owners as he went hitless, RBI-less and scored one run.

Star shortstop Derek Jeter batted No. 2 and would also have caused his fantasy owner to cringe as he managed just a lone single without an RBI or run.

Paul O'Neill, another automatic starter for any fantasy lineup, was only slightly better going 3-for-5 with one run scored and no RBIs.

And cleanup hitter Bernie Williams would have just barely kept his owners happy with a couple of hits and three runs scored.

Instead, it was the bottom of the lineup that did the majority of the damage. We're talking Tino Martinez, Jim Leyritz, Ricky Ledee, Scott Brosius and current Yankees manager Joe Girardi, then a backup catcher.

Of those five guys, only Martinez was a likely starter in fantasy leagues and he came through with flying colors. Tino posted a solid afternoon with four hits, including his 19th home run, three runs and four RBI.

Unfortunately, the rest of the production would have been unused.

Brosius had the best day of anyone. With four hits he was a triple short of the cycle, an unlikely event since he only hit eight over 11 seasons, scored four times and knocked in six. His best season was 1998 when he batted .300 with 19 HR and 98 RBI. But in 1999 he batted just .247 and probably wasn't anyone's starting third baseman by August.

Girardi had a pretty good game too. Despite not scoring any of the 21 runs, he managed four hits and a career-high seven RBIs. But he wasn't the team's No. 1 catcher, that was Jorge Posada, and Girardi was known more for his glove than his bat. He would not have started.

Throw in part-timers Leyritz and Ledee and it means that 10 of the 21 runs, 12 of the 23 hits and 16 of the 21 RBI were "wasted" on fantasy non-factors.

It just goes to show you that not every game is going to make you happy even if it appears to at first glance.

Perhaps next May 17, I'll tell you about one of the greatest fantasy games of all. That day will be the 35th anniversary of the Philadelphia Phillies 23-22 10-inning win over the Chicago Cubs.




Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.