First, a quick story… I’ve only been to Europe once, but that was in 1998 when the World Cup was in France, and I happened to be at the top of the Eiffel Tower when a half dozen members of the U.S. soccer team showed up. I actually have a picture of myself with Cobi Jones standing at the top of the Eiffel Tower two or three days before he played in the World Cup. Completely random, and completely cool.
Of the many things I loved about Dan’s guest post this morning, there was this line: “the Yankees have captured my imagination ever since I first heard the thwack of a ball fired from Andy Pettitte’s left paw into Jim Leyritz’s waiting glove.”
Context is a great thing.
For a lot of fans who started following the Yankees in 1996, imagination might have been captured by young Derek Jeter bursting onto the scene, but Dan started following the team in the World Series. The first pitch he ever saw came from Pettitte in Game 1, and four days later Pettitte pitched one of the defining games of his career.
My picture with Cobi Jones would be pretty cool regardless of context, but the fact it was taken at the top of the Eiffel Tower before the World Cup makes it one of my favorites. Referencing Pettitte would make sense for any Yankees fan, but for a fan who was just beginning to follow the game when Pettitte went 8.1 scoreless against the Braves, the reference carries a little more weight.