I have a job (er, jobs) where I know I am incredibly lucky to get to talk and meet the people that I do.
Over the years, I've interviewed countless athletes – some big names and some you will never hear about, which are usually my favorite.
As a New York Yankees fan, I have gotten to interview all of my favorite players and some of the all-time greats. On Friday, I got a chance to meet and talk to another.
He was in New York City with representatives from Steiners Sports to talk about auctioning off his uniform from his perfect game in the World Series (you can read the article I wrote for Beckett here).
When writing an article, you tend to go with the basic and add a few splashy parts. Sometimes, the funny banter and amusing anecdotes tend to get left out. Usually it's either based on space or it just doesn't fit within the scope of the article.
But blogs. That's what make blogs fun. We get to share the behind-the-scenes stuff that doesn't hit print.
One of the most thoughtful moments of the media session didn't have anything to do with the uniform or Larsen's perfect game. One of the reporters asked him about Old Timers Day at Yankee Stadium. Every year, the Yankees invite back many of the players who have played for them.
This is a chance for newer generations of fans to see guys they never got to see play before. Larsen, however, doesn't like going to Old Timers Day. It's a reminder of all the people who aren't with him anymore.
“It's really tough,” Larsen said. “I miss all the guys, even the opponents. There was a love there, like family.”
But it wasn't all sadness.
One of my favorite parts was when Larsen was asked if he pays attention during the playoffs and roots for someone to also get a perfect game. Why wouldn't he? He knows what that feat felt like, so he should root for others do it. He said it was the greatest thing to ever happen to him.
Larsen fully admitted he does not for another perfect game.
So, what about Roy Halladay's no-hitter?
“That wasn't in the Series.”