MIAMI -- When Brad Lidge visits the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., he can marvel at his signed cap in an exhibit for June 11, 2003.
In the right-hander's first game at Yankee Stadium, he earned the win in a six-pitcher no-hitter for the Astros. The memory came up again Sunday, as the Yankees played their final game at the historic ballpark.
"I threw my two innings [the sixth and seventh] and I came in," Lidge said. "When my teammates saw me, they were like, 'Don't say anything.' Then I realized. It was very unusual. You probably won't ever see it again."
"We were all good friends and it's something we'll all share. It was a pretty remarkable experience. That was the first time I set foot in Yankee Stadium."
Bench coach Jimy Williams also smiled in remembering that day. As Astros manager that day, he had to deal with losing Roy Oswalt after one inning, then watched Pete Munro, Kirk Saarloos, Lidge, Octavio Dotel and Billy Wagner record the remaining 24 outs.
Williams had many other moments. As Atlanta's third-base coach in 1996, he saw a 19-year-old Andruw Jones smack two home runs in the first game of the World Series. As Red Sox manager (1997-2001) and Blue Jays manager (1986-89), Williams has made many visits.
"There's so much that happened there, it's hard to pick out one," said Williams.
One memory stood out. A fan fell from the seats onto the netting behind home plate, which likely saved his life.
"They delayed the game for a long time while they got the guy out of there," Williams said. "That was a sight."
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.