I love when things happen that warrant a good story! Especially when they are unexpected and especially dramatic; those are my fave.
Sit back, get a cuppa and lend an ear to this tale…
Let’s set the scene shall we?
When: last saturday night – its hazy, its humid, its the usual NY weather.
Where: Shea Stadium – front row, behind the visiting team’s dugout right across from 3rd Base
Who: Me, my sister Carolyn and my brother-in-law Tony
…Ok so we’ve got the best seats in the house for the Mets/Cardinals baseball game and we’re completely chuffed with ourselves. For one night, I pretend to like the Mets (and not my beloved Yankees), Tony pretends to be less angry at the ref than usual, and Carolyn pretends she actually LIKES baseball. There are beers, excited fans and very sexy baseball players. All is right with the world.
…or so we thought.
We get to the 6th inning and I decide its time for a beer/pretzel run! Delighted that I can get a round of drinks after being given such amazing tickets – I waited on the queue to be served. About three minutes later, my sister goes by, head down, face covered in tears, IN A WHEELCHAIR!
Turns out, Rick Ankiel (one of the Cardinals), hit a 90 mph foul ball straight for our “amazing” seats and it hit my sister in the chest! I KID YOU NOT.
The good news is, she’s a-ok and a very lucky girl. If the ball had been any higher, it may have hit her trachea and she may have stopped breathing! Luckily she only ended up with a big bruise and a cool story to tell.
We returned to our seats from the first aid office and the Cardinals in the dugout could not have been nicer! They kept turning around to check if she was ok and we even got tossed two game balls!
So, I go into work at the radio station that Monday morning, and knowing that most of the crew are Mets fans, I tell the story! Apparently the commentator for the game on television had mentioned the team “looking over with concern for an injured fan”!
…well they must have been short of material for the program that day – because before i knew it, I was being thrust into the studio, there were headphones on my head and I was re-telling the story on the air! It went by super quickly, but it was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. Without a doubt.
So, in a strange way, my sister getting injured was kind of a lucky break for me. Bizarre.
I call this photo – “Its all fun and games til someone gets hurt”