On this day in 1998, the Padres enjoyed their second day off in a row. A day after getting rained out in Pittsburgh, the Friars had a scheduled travel day before their upcoming series in Chicago. Fifteen other teams were also idle as just seven games were played.
- Second-year starter Bartolo Colon had a rough outing, but those would be few and far between in 1998, as he would be named to his first All-Star squad. He gave up four earned runs on eight hits and a walk in 4.2 innings, striking out just one batter, Red Sox first baseman and 1995 American League MVP Mo Vaughn. The Indians’ offense managed five runs to absolve him of the loss, but Boston scored a fifth run of their own in the bottom of the ninth, then took the win with a walk-off single off the bat of Vaughn in the eleventh.
- David Wells had a strong start for the Yankees, allowing a pair of earned runs in 6.2 innings, but New York’s offense was stagnant until the ninth inning when they scored a pair of their own to send the game into extra frames. The Yankees would eventually win after scoring a run off an error by Blue Jays second baseman Tony Fernandez in the eleventh inning.
- Greg Maddux allowed four earned runs in eight innings, raising his ERA to 1.35. He still picked up his second win of the season as the Braves scored early and scored often.
Rich Amaral, Mariners (1)
Darren Bragg, Red Sox (1)
Ben Grieve, Athletics (1)
Ken Griffey, Jr, Mariners (8)
Andruw Jones, Braves (2, 3)
Jim Leyritz, Red Sox (4)
Phil Nevin, Angels (3)
Gregg Olson, Diamondbacks (1)
Dean Palmer, Royals (6)
Manny Ramirez, Indians (5)
Alex Rodriguez, Mariners (7)
Mike Sweeney, Royals (2)
John Vander Wal, Rockies (1)
Mo Vaughn, Red Sox (6)
Elsewhere in the world:
- Kenyan runner Moses Tanui won the Boston Marathon; Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia was the first woman to cross the finish line.
- Chicago Blackhawks center Brent Sutter retired.
- Goldberg wrestled in his first WCW title match.
- On that same WCW Monday Nitro, Hollywood Hogan took on Macho Man for the WCW World Title.
- Over in WWF, Kane chokeslammed The Undertaker into his mother’s casket, and Dude Love debuted The Love Shack.
- David Letterman announced his intention of suing Donald Trump.
- Windows 98 famously crashed in its first public demo.
- Pedro Martinez was on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
- Time’s cover story was about the shroud of Turin.
- City of Angels, starring Meg Ryan and Nicolas Cage, was the number one movie in the US.
- Past-his-prime commercial rapper Coolio was charged with theft and assault in Germany.
- Viagra had a solid first week on the market, setting a new record for most prescriptions sold in that span.
- Billed as “The No-Brainers”, Counting Crows played a surprise all-acoustic show at the Viper Room in Los Angeles.
- Metallica played a concert in Brisbane, Australia. They opened with Anti-Nowhere League cover So What?, and closed with Battery.
- The one song in the top ten on both US and UK charts was Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden.