Paul O'Neill preps for Old-Timers' Day by hitting a BP homer at Yankee Stadium
There's no denying Paul O'Neill's place on the all-time list of great Yankees. From 1993 to 2001, O'Neill was a linchpin of the Bronx Bombers' lineup, swatting 185 of his 281 career home runs in pinstripes and being a vocal leader on some of those great late-'90s teams.
Because he retired after the 2001 World Series -- his fifth and final Series appearance with New York -- he did not have the opportunity to hit any long balls at the new Yankee Stadium during his playing career. But O'Neill will take part in the Yankees' upcoming Old-Timers' Day, set for this coming Sunday, when the Tigers and Yankees finish up a weekend series. He's been invited to Old-Timers' Day festivities before:
With this year's event coming up in a few days, O'Neill took some batting practice on the field before the Yankees beat the Angels, 12-6, on Wednesday, taking full advantage of the short porch in right field.
With that blast, which definitely would have been a home run in a real game, we have to assume he is now the first 53-year-old to hit a round-tripper this season.