Aside from Fiorello La Guardia, Al Smith and Walt Frazier shoulder-checking tourists on their way to Ray’s, it might be impossible to dream up a more New York scenario than Paul O’Neill, Jimmy Fallon, Lorne Michaels and Rudy Giuliani hanging out at a Yankees game.
Luckily, we’ve got photographic proof that it actually happened.
In the bottom of the sixth inning of Tuesday night’s Yankees-Phillies game, broadcaster Michael Kay got the bright idea of daring O’Neill – former Yankee great/late-period Mike D doppelganger and current YES Network analyst – to ask Fallon if he’d be a guest on on Kay’s CenterStage talk show. Of course, knowing how Kay tends to be, O’Neill decided to get definitive proof that he not only met the Tonight Show host, but extended the offer.
“Between innings I’m going to run down and you’re not going to believe I asked him,” O’Neill responded. “So I’ll get a selfie with him and I’ll give you the answer.”
Sure enough, O’Neill made his way down to the where Fallon was sitting between the sixth and seventh innings and asked him for said selfie. To make it all the more memorable, though, Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels and former mayor Rudy Giuliani also got in on the act, making for the New Yorkiest photo of all-time.
— Paul O’Neill (@PaulONeillYES) June 24, 2015
Of course, this isn’t a selfie in the strictest sense, but whatever. O’Neill snapped a photo with Fallon, got him to agree to come on the show and then had to watch the Yankees give up five runs in the top of the ninth and lose to the worst team in baseball. But at least he’ll have the memories of this most Metropolitan of meet ups.