Tuesday found me back in New York City for the third game of my seven game baseball trip.
I didn’t plan my drive from DC to NYC very well and I arrived at the peak of rush hour. I was able to make the game on time and I was in my seat with food, beverage, and a scorecard for the first pitch.
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The Astros began with a walk to Jose Altuve, their lead off hitter and lightning rod for boos in New York City and most baseball stadiums. The next batter, Jeremy Pena, hit into what should have been a double play, but he beat it out on a manager’s review. It was all downhill for the Mets after that. The Astros sent seven batters to the plate, got four hits and four runs in the first inning. They never looked back.
I enjoyed my dinner, Buffalo wings with blue cheese (needed more blue cheese) and a celery stick, kept score and watched the game.
After I opened my bag of peanuts, I remembered sending a photo of a peanut to a friend (and teaching colleague) of my mine a few years ago, so I snapped a new photo of a peanut in my fingers and sent it off.
Moments later, I got a reply. Here is our exchange,
Me: just sent photo, no words, after all, isn’t a picture is worth a thousand words?
Friend: I’m in NY at Yankees vs A’s game. Mets\Astros tomorrow. Where ru?
Me: Yankees on Sunday, Nats yesterday, and today Mets Astros. Ran into Opels (another friend and teacher colleague)
Friend: Hilarious. Small world. Maybe I’ll see Mendel (another friend and teacher colleague) there 🙂 along with a picture of the ballpark (not shared).
Me: Holy smokes! Opels is in still in town! Enjoy your game!
And that was it. It is indeed a small world, and we are all connected.
“We are all in the same boat, in a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty.” G. K. Chesterson.
By the time the seventh inning stretch arrived, the score was Astros 9, Mets 0. “Take me out to the Ball Game” was lackluster at best.
I enjoyed the game, but it was no where near the excitement of the game on Sunday that my team lost. Isn’t that odd, I enjoyed a game that my team lost?
This morning I woke very early and ventured out to the 9/11 Memorial. It was early and the city was just beginning to wake after a restful slumber. The peace and serenity of the memorial is exactly what I needed.
Today is going to be a great day and tomorrow could be a million and six times better, but I am sticking with the present. So, I’d better jump up, jump in, and seize the day. I am headed to Philadelphia and game 4. Making the Days Count, one day at a time, one small connection to one another, because we ARE all in the same boat.
Have you ever run into someone in a place where you least expected it?