On August 7, the Yankees beat the Mariners 5-4 at Yankee Stadium, a feature of Aaron Bone’s 2021 group.
Shortly before the first pitch, however, an unusual event occurred across the road at McCombs Dam Park.
“It was just one of those things,” Justin Larson explained in a telephone interview.
Larson is a 29-year-old diesel mechanic living in Idaho. His last name could ring the bell. His grandfather, Don Larson, played the only best game in the history of the World Series. It was Game 5 of the October 8, 1956 Fall Classic, as Larson pitched for the Yankees against the Dodgers at Yankee Stadium and made Yogi Beira their catcher.
Don Larson passed away on January 1, 2020 in Idaho., Where Larsons stepped up. Larson lived with his grandfather for half an hour. So when Larson decided to go to New York with his girlfriend Shelby Hoagland, going to the stadium for the first time, Don Larson’s longtime agent Andrew Levy, who wants you to represent the producers here in person and at the stadium I run a suite, suggested an activity to extend the trip.
“Andrew asked me, ‘Have you guys done anything with your grandfather’s ashes yet?’ “What better way (to honor Don Larson) than to throw something (ashes) in the old stadium?”
Don Larson had expressed a desire to have some of his ashes scattered there, and the fact that history would be Dawn’s 92nd birthday made it even more meaningful.
So Larson joined Levy and friends Ken Thammel and Joe Torsey (who picked up Don Larson at the airport) in McCombs Dam Park, guessed the location of the old stadium mound, and left Don a little behind. Larson was carrying a portion of his grandfather’s ashes on his flight, which had been cleared by the TSA.
“It was good to just bring him back to where he had his big moment,” Larson said. “It was a kind of joy.”
And if they were looking for a sign that this is what Dawn wanted, they quickly found one: As they were walking from the park to the stadium, the group encountered a woman wearing a shirt. “Perfect Game” brand.. It didn’t matter that the woman hadn’t heard of Don Larson. A sign is a sign.
“It was crazy!” Justin Larson said.
The whole sequence of events was unconventional. Yet we are talking about a boy whose life has been set apart from an incredible day in the middle of a normal career. Who wanted to make sure that part of it remained on the mound where he established his legacy forever.
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