Just returned from the memorial service for Todd Drew. For those of you who didn’t know him, Todd was a long-time reader of this blog who later started his own site and eventually joined up with Alex Belth’s crew at Bronx Banter.
Todd passed away last week at 41.
I knew Todd was a season-ticket holder who loved to write about sports and had a real passion for classic sportswriting.
I didn’t know he raced motorcycles when he was young. Or that he loved the New York City Ballet, enjoyed a good cigar when the Yankees won and was a fan of boxing. I wasn’t surprised to learn he kept score at every game he attended. The best fans always do.
Todd worked for the ACLU and helped educate first-time voters about their rights. He had spent nearly half his life with his wife Marsha, who spoke eloquently about her best friend and husband. Alex also spoke and read aloud from one of Todd’s posts.
At the end, the large crowd sang Take Me Out To The Ballgame. Many wore their Yankee caps and smiled. If a man can be judged by the company he keeps and the memories he leaves, our friend Todd was a good man.
If you ever read Todd’s blog, you know he enjoyed capturing those moments that make New York so unique. I experienced one of those snatches of time on the subway headed uptown to the service.
A subway preacher stood up in the car next to where I was and launched into an impassioned sermon about the coming rapture and our need to repent. I turned up the volume on my iPod and tried to lose myself in The Hold Steady.
But this subway savior was persistent and he looked right at me. “What do you believe?” he asked. “What do you believe?”
That’s not a question you want to answer without some time to prepare. So I said the first thing that came to mind.
“I believe the Yankees should keep Robinson Cano,” I said.
A middle-aged guy with a beard and a Yankees cap was sitting a few seats away. “Amen, brother,” he said with a chuckle.
The train rumbled into the station and we all went on our way.
Had Todd been there, I think he would have gotten a kick out of it.
Donations can be made in Todd’s memory to any of these organizations:
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor,
New York, NY 10004
Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Inc,
1930 Randall Avenue,
Bronx, NY 10473
The Doe Fund,
232 East 84th Street,
New York, NY 10028