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.