August 25, 2007 at Keyspan Park vs. FDNY
As usual the FDNY/NYPD Annual Charity Game was a nail bitter. FDNY got on the board in the bottom of the second. Frank Stansonetti tripled to centerfield and scored on a sacrifice fly by Scott Miller that was handled by NYPD shortstop Ruben Cardona back pedaling into short left field. With NYPD unable to muster up a run off of FDNY starting pitcher Joe Lankford through the first five innings FDNY called on Adam Gomez in the 6th inning. The FDNY relief pitcher ran into trouble early. When the dust settled NYPD put five runs on the board and now leads 5-1. NYPD starting pitcher Fernando Espindola leaves the game in the bottom of the sixth inning with the lead. With the Bases loaded and one out NY Finest calls on LHP Dan Meaney to get them out of the Jam. He gets his first batter to pop out. A Questionable 2-2 pitch was called a ball to the next batter with the bases loaded and two outs. The next pitch clearly a ball forced in a run and prolonged the inning. NY Finest Relief Pitcher Dan Meaney was thrown out of the game as he let the home plate umpire know how he felt about his inconsistency and that 2-2 pitch. The next batter, Scott Miller would single in two more runs to make the score 5-4. The score would remain the same until the bottom of the 8th. A leadoff single and a throwing error puts the tying run on second with no outs. With the next batter hitting a groundball between the shortstop and third base, NY Finest Shortstop Ruben Cardona fields the ball attempts to tag the runner advancing to third, and throws to first to complete the double play. The runner at first beats the throw and is ruled safe. The runner advancing to third is also ruled safe and is not called out for avoiding the tag putting runners on first and third with no outs and the tying run 90 feet away. NYPD went to their closer Dave Mischo. FDNY counters with a squeeze to tie the game. Another single, another run. FDNY Takes the lead and the wind from NY Finest' sails. When the inning ended FDNY took a 7-5 Lead. That would be the Final score of a very exciting game. Below are some pictures of the game with more to come.
Below are pictures taken by Richard Conde