It’s going to become like one of those JFK things, when folks of a certain generation could describe in minute detail exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news of the President’s assassination.
Or, for a different generation, when John Lennon was shot (I was typing a college paper for a course on “International Terrorism” of all things, working in my kitchen on Elm Street in Oneonta, when my drunken, grieving housemate returned from the bars to tell me the news.)
Or, much worse, 9/11. We all have those stories.
The point is, there are moments we remember for life, and sometimes the events are much happier, like when we first learned about Jason Bay’s release.
I think it will be that way for Chris Young . . .
* “Yeah, I was driving my car when the announcer broke through with the news. I was shaking all over. I had to pull over to the side of the road. I couldn’t think, couldn’t see straight. I just sat there and cried. The long nightmare was over.”
* “I was on a date with this girl I’d been seeing. It was going okay. I got a text from a friend: CHRIS YOUNG IS TOAST! I knew right at that moment, this girl was going to be my wife. I asked her to marry me right then and there. We’ve been together for 37 years.”
* “It had been a long time since I’d been to a Mets game. Right after I heard the news, I picked up tickets for the next game. You know, it was an impulsive, crazy thing to do. But I figured, wow, maybe, you know, things were gonna change. Ha! I know, I know . . .”
* “I was shocked, absolutely stunned. I thought he’d be a Met for life.”
* “Do I remember? Sure, I remember. The news hit me really hard. He was FIXTURE in my life, a North Star, you know? As long as Terry Collins was manager, I knew I could COUNT on Chris Young being out there, batting 5th, popping out in big situations, that same glum expression on his face. In a confusing, fast-paced, ever-changing world, Chris Young was always there. No matter how poorly he played, no matter how much he sulked, or loafed, and came up with lame excuses, there would be Chris Young, batting 5th for the New York Mets. Now I don’t know what to believe in anymore.”
* “He’ll be missed. Not by many. But he’ll be missed.”