Opening Day 2011
While my husband is a Mets fan, I’m a pinstripes girl through and through. I love listening to Yankees games on the radio, have gone to a few spring training games in Tampa, and get to regular season games in the Bronx. Sadly, I won’t be in the stands Thursday as The New York Yankees take on the Detroit Tigers in their 2011 home opener.
As consolation, I started reading Ian O’Connor’s The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 16, 2011). Based on the information in O’Connor’s book thus far and dearth of bad press, Derek Jeter seems to be a driven and focused athlete. He’s a role model who gives back to the community through his Jeter’s Leaders program. Oh, and let me not forget his sparkling blue eyes and disarming grin!
I love going to games so much that I even agreed to chaperone an after-hours school trip to a Yankees game. Our private high school makes outings like this easy, and I was delighted to join a group on a sunny Sunday in the Bronx. Some of the kiddos had never been to a baseball game and were really excited.
We had a great time and even made it on to the Jumbotron screen, a feat trumped only by the fact that I was quick enough to snap a photo of our 2 seconds of fame at Yankees Stadium.
My students and I had a great time at the game despite the fact that Jeter was sidelined with a head cold. We ate peanuts and Crackerjacks, sang songs, and danced along with the ground crew toYMCA. Does it get anymore American than that?
My review of The Captain by Ian O’Connor will be online in May but until then, tell me: Do you cheer for any specific sports teams?
Let’s go Yankees!