• Hats Off

    Posted by on November 22nd, 2009 · Comments (6)

    As part of my post-World-Series “less blogging and more physical activity” kick, we’ve been doing some hiking on the weekends – schedule and weather permitting.

    Related, this afternoon, we had some free time before dinner – so, the kids and I hit the trails at Cheesequake State Park for a couple of hours.

    Whenever we run across fellow hikers, I always make sure to greet them in some way. After all, you’re in the middle of the woods, with your family…so, it makes sense to offer an act of courteous recognition…just to make sure that all parties involved at that moment are clear of each other’s reason for being there and their go-forward intentions.

    Now, I don’t go crazy – just a simple “Hello” is sufficient…or maybe I’ll change it up with a “Hi”…followed by a head nod.

    Well, today, with the weather so nice for the 22nd day of November, there were more than a few other parties enjoying the trails while we were there. And, at one point, we came across a father and son, resting along the trail, adjusting their camera. So, I looked at the dad and say “Hello.” He repeated it back to me. Then, I quickly looked at his son – whom I would estimate was around 10-years old, give or take a year or so – and said “Hi.”

    And, the minute I acknowledged the boy, the younster’s eyes widened, he flashed a smile and said “Hey, I really like your hat!” (I’ll give you one guess as to what cap I was wearing today.)

    Clearly, this was one Yankees fan meeting another Yankees fan, albeit from generations apart and perfect strangers before the encounter – now 18 days after New York had won its 27th World Championship – still enjoying the thrill of seeing their team win the very last major league baseball game played that year.

    Gotta tell ya…just seeing the excitement in that kids face over the whole thing…well…it kinda reminds you what being a fan is all about…

    Good for him. I hope he gets to ride that one for a long time coming.

    Comments on Hats Off

    1. clintfsu813
      November 23rd, 2009 | 8:23 am

      How are you liking the hat Steve? Got mine soon after the last game. It definitely looks great. Its a little stiff though..I prefer the slouch caps rather than the one size fits all.

    2. November 23rd, 2009 | 9:53 am

      Actually, I’ve found this one to be pretty comfortable. And, I like the light-weight nature to it. But, for the record, while they’re reportedly “one size fits all,” I tried on about three or four of them at Modells back when I got it after Game 6, and each one fit differently. I had to go through a few of them before I found one that was not too big. So, beware to anyone looking to guy one of these online, without the benefit of being able to try it on.

    3. YankCrank
      November 23rd, 2009 | 10:58 am

      Did you promote your blog to the kid? I know you’re always looking for new readers:)

    4. November 23rd, 2009 | 3:08 pm

      @ YankCrank:What we don’t have enough of those who act like 10-year olds? ;-)

    5. Raf
      November 23rd, 2009 | 6:45 pm

      Ah, looks like one of those flexfit caps. Can never get them to fit comfortably… Maybe I just have a big head :D

      Very cool that you and the family are out and about, Steve

    6. November 25th, 2009 | 7:58 pm

      Cheesequake! Every time I pass that rest stop on the Parkway, I get all excited. It’s the greatest name ever.

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