It would be even better if they had something to show for it.
A-Rod's three-homer, 10-RBI night was one of the most titanic single-game offensive performances in Yankees history, and now you can own the full-game replay as a clickable keepsake with MLB.com's exclusive Digital Download Service. Just order the complete video broadcast for $3.95, and then download the file with a high-speed connection onto your computer's hard drive.
You can store this pinstripe history in your PC, transfer the file to a portable media device, or burn it onto a CD and then watch it again for your personal use only at home or at work -- maybe even on the laptop during that next flight. Rodriguez called it "one of those magical nights," and being able to own your own DDS copy of a classic performance like that is kind of magical in itself.
Rodriguez homered in his first three at-bats, all against Angels ace Bartolo Colon. Rodriguez hit a three-run homer in the first inning, a two-run shot in the third, and then this became much more than just another game when he hit a grand slam in the fourth. That was already nine RBIs, a career high, and this was not going to be just A-Rod's best night as a Yankee, but also one of the best by any Yankees hitter.
In the sixth, he became the 12th player in history to reach double figures in RBIs for a game with a single to center. Rodriguez lined out in the eighth to finish 4-for-5, falling just one RBI shy of Tony Lazzeri's Yankee record of 11 set in 1932. The performance thrust A-Rod into a tie for the Majors' home run lead with seven, and nearly matched his power output through the previous 19 games (four homers, 15 RBIs).
"It was indescribable," Yankee broadcaster Jim Kaat said after the 12-4 New York victory. Yankee manager Joe Torre said: "Your mouth drops open when you see something like that." Watch this one again and again for yourself and see if you can describe it or keep your mouth closed.
Remember, MLB.com's Digital Download Service offers every full-game replay throughout the season, with a convenient way to select the one you want by team. Other DDS features include a library filled with baseball classics; 99-cent Minivision clips that let you choose from a constant assortment of the latest highlight reels; classic radio calls; and individual player highlight packages.
The Digital Download Service is one of many state-of-the-art multimedia products available from MLB.com. A subscription to MLB.TV for live, streaming game video is just $14.95 per month or $79.95 for the season. Gameday Audio is available for just $14.95 per season, and it comes with MLB.TV and many other features if you grab the jam-packed MLB.com All Access pass for just $19.95 per month, or $99.95 per season.
Mark Newman is enterprise editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.