In 2001 the New York Yankees selected Jason Arnold in the second round of the First-Year Player Draft. That year Jason went on to make his professional debut with the Staten Island Yankees and proceeded to make Baby Bombers history that season, pitching the only no-hitter in team history.
We caught up with the former Staten Island Yankees hurler to talk about his selection to the 15-year team.
Congratulations on being named go the Staten Island Yankees 15-year team. What do you remember most from your time on the Staten Island Yankees?
“The amazing crowds and just being in the city. The first time I had ever been to NYC was when I arrived there. “
How was it to play in New York With the skyline behind you?
“It was surreal. The year I was there was the year of 9/11 so I played the summer with the twin towers there too. “
In 2001 you pitched the only Staten Island Yankees No-hitter in team history. Can you tell us what it was like?
“That was one of the best days in my athletic career. My stuff was never better than it was that night. It was in Vermont and by the end of the game all of their fans were cheering for me. I must have signed 2,000 autographs after the game that night.”
That 2001 season was the first of the Brooklyn-Staten Island rivalry, did you feel like those games were a must win?
“Yes definitely. The intensity was always different on those nights. With both the ballparks opening that summer it made it even more fun. “
Anything you would like to say to the Staten Island fans?
“Thank you so much for voting for me for this prestigious honor. The summer of 2001 was one I think about all the time and always with the best memories.”