Some of My Best Life Moments (Sports Edition)
A lot of the best moments of my life, naturally, involved sports. These are the most memorable.
- •David Ortiz's grand slam in the 2013 ALCSIt was my first playoff game and my dad somehow scored free tickets a row from the field. I was just happy to be there. As a lifelong Boston native, 2013 was a tough year with the Marathon Bombing, a tough transition to college (for a multitude of reasons) and some hard life stuff. My dad and I did not have the strongest relationship growing up and when Ortiz hit the grand slam that coined the legendary Bullpen Cop-Torii Hunter photo, we shared a hug. Nothing but pure jubilation.
- •My first time in the Red Sox clubhouse (2012)I was pretty sure that I wanted to go into sports writing at that point in time, but when I had the opportunity to go into the Red Sox clubhouse for the first time, I knew I had found my calling in life. The first person I ran into? My childhood hero, David Ortiz. And he said hi. I almost melted on the spot.
- •"Stabbed by Foulke! He has it. He under hands to first and the Boston Red Sox are World Series champions!" (2004)I was in fourth grade and it was my second year watching baseball. I was spoiled from the beginning.
- •The Aftermath of the 2013 Red Sox World Series VictoryMy friends and I gathered into one room to watch Game 6 of the 2013 World Series. At this point, I was a little over a month into my freshman year. When Koji struck out Matt Carpenter, we ran into the streets of Boston and celebrated (and watched people try to flip over cars). It's own of the first bonding moments I had with some of my now-best friends.
- •My first one-on-one interview with David Ortiz (2014)During my summer internship at WEEI.com, Alex Speier told me I should try to relate my experience of becoming a US citizen that year with some players for a nice July 4th piece. He suggested Ortiz had an interesting story. It was my third summer in the clubhouse, but I was still super intimidated by Ortiz. I nervously asked for an interview and he gave me 12 minutes where we both talked about life as immigrants and being proud of becoming Americans. My hands were shaking the whole time.
- •Looking really unhappy behind Bill Belichick (2012)I don't remember what I was thinking, but this moment represented the initiator in a pivotal mental mindset. I began to take athletes and sports figures off their pedestal in my mind. I don't think I would be able to cover sports if this still happened (with rare exceptions).
- •Meeting one of my journalism idols (2013)Buster Olney is one of the writers I look up to most in the industry today. As an incredibly impressionable high schooler, he was the nicest guy in the world and spent 15 minutes talking to me about his career and giving advice as the rain poured on the roof of the Fenway Park dugout.
- •Buying baseball tickets for my dadI had my first summer job working in a burger joint this past year. A few days before I headed back to college, I bought my dad and I tickets (for the first time in my life) to watch his favorite player Pedro Martinez have his number retired. One of my tour guide friends snuck us into the Green Monster, where my dad and I had never seen a game. The Red Sox got blown out, but the night was certainly memorable.