Michael and I watched the final game of the 2009 World Series in his apartment. The New York Yankees beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-3. The Yankees took 4 games to the Phillies' 2. Their 27th World Championship was made sweeter by the fact that it came in their first year at the new Yankee Stadium. The Yankees had won the Series in 1923, their first year at the old Stadium. Andy Pettitte got his 18th postseason win. He is the winningest pitcher in postseason history, and I am thinking he is a candidate for the Hall of Fame. Watching the Yankees win with my son was special. It brought back memories of watching them win with my father in 1996. As Derek Jeter and the rest of the guys were hugging and celebrating on the field, I hugged Michael. We won! I felt that we were part of the greatest baseball team in history! When Michael took me to my truck, I told him I love him (something I should say more often) and that I am lucky to have him as my son.
Michael and I saw the Yankees twice in 2009, once in Atlanta and once at the new Yankee Stadium. As the 2009 World Series got underway, I told Michael "losing is not an option." People ask me if I am from New York. I always say no but that I have been a Yankee fan since Mickey Mantle in 1956.