Off the usual topics discussed here and on to a point of personal interest for a moment by way of personal privilege and besides the point, anyway, how ’bout them Yanks?
Yes, against all odds and after stumbling through September with wobbly pitching and questions about an aging (and home-grown, I might add) “core 4,” the Big Yanks are headed to the American League Championship Series beginning this weekend. Had a chance of a lifetime to see the Great Pettitte pitch at the big ballyard in the Bronx with my son in last year’s ALCS and Andy’s looking that good again. (Also saw his first rehab stint with the Trenton Thunder last month, so there’s the local hook and also a point of Jersey pride to have an elite Pinstriper and future Hall of Famer come through the capital city to get primed up for what turned out to be a star turn for Big Andy in the Division playoffs).
For the Phillies fans among us, their upcoming series with the SF Giants should be a show-stopper, especially with a much-anticipated Halladay-Lincecum matchup — he of the first post-season no hitter since New York Yankee Don Larsen’s perfect game back in ’56 vs. he of the 14 strikeout, two-hit performance in his the post-season debut and winner of the NL’s last two Cy Young Awards. A Yanks-Phils match-up in baseball’s Fall Classic for the second year in a row would be quite something. It’ll be hot here in the newsroom, too, with a bunch of Phils fans and a bunch of Yanks fans (we’re outnumbered I think) squaring off.
And then there’s my buddy Zack Fink and our assignments manager, Peggy Micucci, both Mets fans who suffered through another debilitating season and no post season. I feel for them both, but don’t think they’d be overly concerned with my sorrows if I were in their boat. I grew up with many an insufferable Mets fan when they were World Champs back in ’69. It was tough suffering through those years of decline in the face of the Miracle Mets; especially as the kid of a father from the Bronx who grew up blocks from the House that Ruth Built (at a time that Ruth actually built it).
So now it’s our turn (yet again, I know), and win, lose or draw, looking forward to what I’m hoping will be a great ALCS with us coming out on top against the squad from Texas. We shall see. Exciting times await.
Finally, this note. I had occasion to be a kid in a candy store last year when I visited a North Jersey warehouse holding much of the memorabilia from the old Stadium. Did this piece with the help of NJN producer Briana Vannozzi collecting historic Yankees’ footage for us (the team was less-than-helpful, but Briana worked her magic to come up with some great stuff).
Had a little fun with it. Follow the link if you’d like to see the piece.