NEW YORK, N.Y. - A native of Schenectady, N.Y., Mariners left fielder Casper Wells has always been a fan of the New York Yankees.
In Yankee Stadium on Sunday, he had a Mother's Day that he will never forget when the Seattle Mariners beat the Yankees, 6-2.
A former Towson University standout (2003-05), Casper got a request from his mom on Sunday morning. Nothing big, just if he could provide a little something special to remember when she and the rest of the family drove the two hours from Schenectady in upstate New York to see him play at Yankee Stadium.
"She said, 'Hit a home run for me,'" said a grinning Wells after his team's 6-2 victory. "Like that's an easy thing to do. I was thinking, 'That's kind of a big request. How about a single or a couple knocks?'"
But Wells indeed delivered the long ball, driving a sixth-inning pitch by Andy Pettitte high off the right-field foul pole for a two-run shot that provided his team a 4-1 lead. It was his first home run of the year.
Later in the game, he had an RBI single to help Seattle extend its lead to 6-2 in the ninth inning. In the bottom of the ninth, he came up with a big play again. When Nick Swisher led off the ninth inning with a double and tried to stretch his hit into a triple, Casper threw him out at third base.