When my terrific daughter Elisabeth texted me earlier this week with the simple question: “Do you want to tailgate at the Chiefs game this Saturday?” it took me two seconds to type back some combination of the word Yes and Saturday.
The night before, my dear wife Karen had flashed a Syracuse Chiefs Facebook promo in front of my very eyes for this very Saturday, and it featured the 1986 baseball cards of my New York Mets Dwight Gooden and Lenny Dykstra.
The star pitcher and center fielder from that team, the Metsies from the brash squad that won the World Series with that unlikely comeback against the Boston Red Sox, the last Metropolitans to sit on top of the baseball world, will be in our Syracuse, at NBT Bank Stadium, to meet and greet fans before the Triple A International League game pitting the Chiefs against the Buffalo Bison.
So yes, we will be meeting Elisabeth and George Three for some tailgating fun in the parking lot. And this is Father’s Day Weekend to boot. Bonus!
This Chiefs talk reminds me that the last time out at the ballpark, I caught from the luxury suite seating deck with my iPhone 6 some rather interesting shots of a helicopter taking off from center field before the game.
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I was sure glad the thing got off the ground.
And fascinated as it picked up speed and climbed its way up into the gray sky.
What’s your favorite team, any sport, any year, and why? Who’s your favorite athlete you’ve met and spoken with, and please do share the circumstances. Have you ever riden in a helicopter, and if so, what was it like?