There are a ton of people who have been around baseball much, much longer than me, but working in New York has given me the opportunity to see some pretty memorable things. I started covering baseball in 2002 so I missed out on the 2001 World Series insanity, but as we head towards the new year, I couldn’t help but make a list of the few moments from this decade that I a) witnessed in person; and b) will always, always remember. What are yours?
Below are my top three (in reverse order):
3. The celebration after the last out of this year’s World Series: It was the first championship for a New York team that I covered and the joy coming from everyone – players, executives, clubbies, staff, fans – was just overwhelming. I remember watching Brett Gardner rummaging through the stack of Champagne bottles until he found one, holding it up giddily like a little kid with a birthday present and then running over to soak someone. The happiness in that room was amazing.
2. Aaron Boone: You know how people talk about how the old Stadium would shake? If you weren’t there that night, you’ve got no idea.
1. This. It wasn’t scripted, it wasn’t expected, it wasn’t what anyone thought was going to happen.
It was still perfect.
Be safe tonight and we’ll see you in 2010.
Happy New Year.