The 1998 Yankees recently had a magical reunion at the popular Fresco by Scotto, a Midtown power eatery. After being celebrated and playing a game on the team’s annual Old-Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium, the former players gathered together for a night filled with laughter and nostalgia.
Amongst the esteemed guests, notable figures such as Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, and Tino Martinez stole the spotlight. These Yankees legends were seen mingling and catching up with each other, reminiscing about the good old days on the field. Darryl Strawberry, along with team skipper Joe Torre, also attended the star-studded event, adding to the excitement of the evening.
During the reunion, an interesting tidbit emerged – Posada had a special connection to Fresco by Scotto. The catching great revealed that he had once hammered out his contract at this very establishment. Overheard by a source, Posada shared how he spent time discussing his contract with the Yankees’ management team in the past. This revelation added an extra layer of significance to the restaurant for both Posada and the Yankees.
However, Posada’s presence at the reunion was not without its limitations. He did not participate in the exhibition earlier in the day due to a shoulder injury. Posada candidly admitted, “I’ve got a bad shoulder. I can’t even throw a ball to you… I don’t think I could hit the ball. I didn’t want to embarrass myself out there.” Despite his physical setback, Posada’s presence and stories were undoubtedly cherished by his former teammates.
Derek Jeter, arguably one of the most beloved Yankees, was in high spirits throughout the evening. He was seen table-hopping and engaging with fellow diners, which included notable guests such as “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig and Steve Higgins, the longtime “Tonight Show” announcer. Higgins attended the event with his son John, who is a writer on “Saturday Night Live” – a profession he shares with his father. Jeter’s infectious energy and warm interactions amplified the celebratory atmosphere of the reunion.
The atmosphere at Fresco by Scotto was electric as the Yankees’ party extended well beyond its scheduled two hours. The team, accompanied by delicious food and fine wine, rekindled memories of their historic 1998 season. The highlight of that year, David Wells’ perfect game, was undoubtedly discussed with great enthusiasm. The players’ excitement and genuine camaraderie reminded everyone of the undeniable bond forged during their 114-game winning season.
During the official ceremony at Yankee Stadium, Derek Jeter eloquently expressed the sentiments shared by the entire team – despite their infrequent gatherings, it always feels like they have never left each other’s side. Jeter, who joined the team at the young age of 18, emphasized the lifelong connection formed during their time together on the field. The reunion was a testament to the enduring friendships and memories that the 1998 Yankees share.
The reunion was attended by various individuals who hold a special place in the Yankees’ legacy. Rosanna Scotto, co-owner of the restaurant and host of “Good Day New York,” graced the gathering with her presence, along with her daughter, Jenna Ruggiero. This gathering of iconic figures and cherished moments captured the essence of the revered 1998 Yankees and their everlasting impact on the world of baseball.
The nighttime reunion of the 1998 Yankees at Fresco by Scotto was an exceptional event filled with laughter, heartfelt conversations, and shared memories. The players, coaches, and special guests turned a regular evening into a memorable celebration of their time together on the baseball diamond. As they wined, dined, and reminisced, it was evident that the bond between these legendary Yankees remains unbreakable.