Good morning, Granby and East Granby! Today is Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, there are 98 days left in the year.
I’ll never forget the first time I saw Mariano Rivera pitch at Yankee Stadium. Rivera was a rookie fifth starter in 1995, the year after the baseball strike that cancelled the World Series for the first time in history.
I vowed that I’d never go back to watching a Major League Baseball game. Something that I held firm on throughout the 1995 season. But my beloved Yankees made a playoff push, and a couple of law school friends of mine and I scored tickets to Game 2 of the very first American League Division Series. I had never been to a playoff game, and tickets were remarkably easy to score.
Turns out that was the game to catch, as it set a then record for the longest playoff game in history. The game went into extra innings and both the Yankees and Seattle had exhausted all of their pitchers by the 14th inning - or at least I thought they had.
I literally believed the Yankees were out of options until this lanky kid came on for New York in the 14th inning. And he just threw bullets. The ball exploded effortlessly out of his hand. I hadn’t seen this kid pitch before, but I knew then that he was special. Rivera wound up being the winning pitcher that night, courtesy of Jim Leyritz’s dramatic home run to give the Yankees a walk-off victory in the 15th inning. It was nearly 1:30 a.m.
I’d be lying if I said I knew that, 18 years later, he’d walk off the Yankee Stadium mound as one of the greatest pitchers of all time. But I’m also not surprised.
Anyway, I don’t really have a point beyond thinking back to that October night in 1995, and how much time has passed and how much has happened.
Here’s your Daily 5:
1. The Granby Planning & Zoning Commission meets on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
2. Computer classes for beginners at the East Granby Public Library at 10:30 a.m.
3. The Granby Memorial High girls volleyball team takes on Lyman Memorial at 5:30 p.m. on the road.
4. Preschool Story Time at the Granby Public Library at 10 a.m.!5. We love LEGOS (Who doesn’t?) also at the Granby Public Library at 4 p.m.