On May 17, 1998, David Wells produced an eternal afternoon.
Wells was on the mound against the Twins for Beanie Baby Day at Yankee Stadium, as anyone under the age of 14 would receive a white bear named Valentino.
For those kids who were lucky enough to be in attendance, Wells would give them another scenario to recreate in their backyards: throwing a perfect game for the Yankees.
With 26 batters faced and 26 batters retired, Twins SS Pat Meares was the only person separating Wells with history. Mears made contact, but the ball floated long enough for Paul O'Neill to jog over for the catch. Wells had done it; at the time, the 15th player in Major League Baseball's history throw a perfect game.
After celebrating, Wells was carried off the field by his teammates. To an applauding Yankee Stadium, Wells took off his cap and screamed to the crowd, one of the most iconic moments in the history of a franchise stuffed with them.
On the day, Wells needed 121 pitches to retire the Twins in order and racked up 11 strikeouts. The Yankees won 4-0, as Bernie Williams went 3-3 with a solo home run and three runs scored, while other Yankee greats like Derek Jeter, Tino Martinez, Jorge Posada, O'Neill and others would be front row to history.
Wells would finish the 1998 season 20-7 with 3.49 ERA over 214.1 IP with 163 K. The team finished 114-48 and lost just two games in the playoffs en route to sweeping the Padres for the World Series.