One of the most memorable games I’ve covered was the 2009 Subway Series game that ended with Luis Castillo’s dropped pop-up.
Yankees and Mets fans remember this well, I’m sure. Friday night, June 12, two outs, two on in the ninth, Mets leading 8-7. Francisco Rodriguez gets Alex Rodriguez to pop to short right field for what looks to be the final out of the game and a Mets win. But Castillo, the second baseman, drops the ball. Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira, both running with two outs, race around the bases, and the Yankees win 9-8 on one of the craziest walk-off wins you’ll ever see.
My favorite part of this actually took place the next day. Standing in the Yankees clubhouse, I saw Yogi Berra walk into the entrance near Jeter’s locker. Yogi would come by about once a homestand back then for a pregame visit.
Yogi grinned a devilish grin, grabbed my arm like he had been waiting all day for someone to ask him that question, and with a twinkle in his eye said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.”
You haven’t lived until you get a Yogi-ism face-to-face.