It’s not like watching it on television.
For the first time in my nearly 30-year broadcasting career, I was literally in the building covering one of the grandest events in sport — The World Series. I’ll admit it — it was cool.
FOX News Radio afforded me the opportunity to staff the press box for the middle three games of this year’s Fall Classic pitting the Kansas City Royals against the New York Mets. It was my first trip to Citi Field in Queens. Those three days I left Newark to take the train to New York Penn Station. then it was a short walk to the subway at 34th Street…one stop to 42nd..then a walk to catch the 7 train into Queens
I stepped off the train to see this.
In the midst of my reporting duties, I met some interesting folks. I came across people like Richard Birthright, who was here 29 years ago for a world title when Shea Stadium was the Mets’ stomping ground. He even brought the newspaper of that series-clinching day with him.
Howard Fein was another of those I met. He didn’t have a ticket for the game but — as a life-long Queens resident — he just wanted to be where the action was.
I can’t say that I blame him.
While I was there..work was the priority. I would be lying, however, if I said I didn’t stop to take it in for myself.
Before this, I had only attended one Major League game — at the (now gone) Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. I thought that was cool too. The thing I remember about that trip was not the game. It was going to the top of the bowl and looking out at what was then the soon-to-be-completed Olympic Stadium. It would later become Turner Field.
I’m not sure when..or if..I’ll get to cover another World Series. But I will look back on these three days in October and November fondly.
My career took off as a sports reporter on the radio. It’s those full-circle times like this that make it all worth while.