It’s probably the most talked about Yankee at-bat song since 1999, when outfielder Tony Tarasco made news by striding to the plate as the Stadium sound system blasted a profanity-laced version of “Tommy’s Theme” by The Lox. Tarasco later claimed he had requested an edited version of the tune, but the part-time scoreboard operator deemed responsible was fired almost immediately.
Wow, I do not remember that happening. Actually, looking over the dates of Tarasco’s brief stint with the Yankees in 1999, I realize there’s a solid chance this went down during the two-week vacation to Spain my friends and I somehow convinced our high school to let us count for a senior project.
I have to figure I would have heard about it if I wasn’t 3000 miles away, given my interest in at-bat music and profanity.
Anyway, it strikes me that Tony Tarasco, despite playing only one season as a Major League regular and amassing barely 1000 at-bats, has been at or near the center of at least three notable New York baseball incidents.
Recall that in Game 1 of the 1996 ALCS, Tarasco was the Orioles’ right-fielder who didn’t catch the ball that 12-year-old Jeffrey Maier, perhaps the world’s least-deserving owner of a Wikipedia page, pulled into the bleachers for an improperly ruled home run.
Tony Tarasco also played an integral role in the Mets’ 2002 Up in Smoke tour, as the driver when rookie reliever Mark Corey fell victim to what just might be the only recorded marijuana-induced seizure in medical history.
To boot, Tarasco’s own Wikipedia page claims he played with TedQuarters hero Tsuyoshi Shinjo in Japan in 2000, and is the cousin of Jimmy Rollins.