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Lee Mazzilli (Mets), 1979

Photograph By AP Photos

Mazzilli was rather wide-eyed when he arrived in the NL locker room at the Kingdome. "It was a little intimidating," he said. "There were so many players I looked up to -- Steve Carlton, Pete Rose, Lou Brock."

Mazzilli would get to prove he belonged in the eighth inning, delivering a pinch-hit, game-tying solo homer down the left-field line against reliever Jim Kern.

"I was just hoping I wouldn't embarrass myself," Mazzilli said. "I got a good pitch and knew I could hit it well. After I hit first base, it was like I was floating on air."

Mazzilli's bases-loaded walk against Ron Guidry in the ninth inning would force in the winning run.

Thirty-four years later, those moments still resonate with Mazzilli, now a special advisor to the Yankees.

"How do you describe something where you are completely overtaken by the experience?" he said. "It was one of the greatest experiences of my career. For one day, you're the best in the world."

--Mark Simon