A Yankee fan’s take on A-Rod, steroids, and everyone’s complicity.
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3 days, 21 hours, 29 minutes.
Despite the A-Rod revelations, Sunday was a good day. It was my birthday. It was unseasonably warm here in the D.C. area. The sky was shocking blue. My son and I hopped the fence on the little league field in our neighborhood and I spent two hours watching as he crushed pitch after pitch into the fence — from both sides of the plate. Had it not been for the incredibly strong wind blowing in from right center, he would have hit a slew of them out of the park. I was in awe, as I often am, of my little 11-year-old boy and his gift for every aspect of the game — hitting for average and power, throwing, catching, fielding, running. He’s the kind of kid that players and coaches at every level who’ve seen him — little league, high school, college and minor league — marvel at. And he loves the game. I mean really loves it. He changes when he walks across the white lines. He seems to grow taller, more confident, more relaxed.
He idolizes Derek Jeter. He knows that on Mickey Mantle’s monument in Yankee Stadium, it reads: “A Great Teammate,” and what that means. He knows about Joe DiMaggio’s answer when asked why he still played so hard, day after day: “Because there might be somebody in the stands who has never seen me play before.” He understands why Lou Gehrig could stand, dying, in front of 65,000 adoring fans — including his then 9-year-old grandfather — on July 4, 1939, and say that he considered himself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth. Robert Corallo is a ball player. That’s all he knows.
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