By Kenny DeJohn (Featured Columnist) on December 11, 2013
On December 9, Steiner Sports (the Official Collectible Company of the New York Yankees) and Delta Air Lines (the Official Airline of the Yankees) put together an exclusive event at Cipriani Club 55 in New York City that featured prominent members of the Yankees' 1978 World Series team and the Core Four.
I was both lucky and honored to be in attendance for such a once-in-a-lifetime event.
Members of the '78 team—Mickey Rivers, Roy White, Chris Chambliss, Sparky Lyle, Rich "Goose" Gossage, Willie Randolph, Reggie Jackson, Lou Piniella, Bucky Dent and Mike Torrez—were available to mingle prior to an hour-long Q&A session moderated by Brandon Steiner, the founder and CEO of Steiner Sports.
Gossage, Randolph, Jackson, Piniella, Dent and Torrez were the only members of the team to participate in the Q&A, and the mood was light-hearted and fun throughout.
A majority of the session was devoted to recalling old stories of Thurman Munson and former managers like Bob Lemon and Billy Martin. Jackson spent about 10 minutes retelling his take on his historic three-home-run night in the 1977 World Series.
One of the best stories came when Torrez, the Boston Red Sox pitcher that allowed the famous Dent home run a year after pitching for the Bombers himself, jokingly accused Dent of using a corked bat during the at-bat.
There were plenty of serious notes as well. Randolph, who hasn't managed since 2008 with the New York Mets, claimed that he would love the chance to manage again.