We got a lot of great entries, and the folks at Monsoon, sponsors of the giveaway, picked a winner of the HAVA, which retails for $99. So, without further ado, here's the lucky reader - Wendy of Oklahoma City - and her winning essay:
Love your blog. Not sucking up so I win the Hava. If I lose, still love your blog.
My favorite clip that I could watch a ZILLION times is Reggie Jackson's three homer game in the 1977 World Series against the Dodgers. I was about 13 then. Yankee fan from birth. My grandad used to play ball with Phil Rizzuto, so for us, anything but pinstripes was never a choice.
This is my favorite clip because we were returning to Connecticut from a family vacation in Bangor, Maine. We were listening to the start of the game on the radio. Suddenly, we heard a horrifically loud "BOOM" and it didn't take long to see that we had acquired, not one but two simultaneous flat tires, and only one spare (Who has two spares....seriously....)
We sat in the car for a short while listening to the game while mom and dad came up with a plan. We were on a narrow highway as I recall, and it was getting dark, so it became apparent to the parents we were safer OUT of the car than in it. My brother and I were not about to miss the game! Dad turned the volume up all the way on that little factory radio in our old blue Country Squire station wagon and the five of us listened to the better part of the entire game sitting way up on the hill, watching cars zip by our crippled car. Missed seeing all three of Reggie's homers. Missed every one!!
That's why I could watch it again and again. I missed it the first time, but also because it reminds me to make the best of what life throws at you, and listening to baseball with your family when you are stranded by two flat tires on a cool October night during the World Series wasn't such a bad gig when I was 13.
Take care and have fun!
Congrats to Wendy.
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* * *Speaking of Reggie Jackson, I watched MSG's rebroadcast of the first episode of "The Bronx Is Burning" last night. They also had interviews with Yankees from that year, like Reggie, Sparky Lyle, and Graig Nettles. Good stuff. I even enjoyed the Fran Healy interview with Jackson on "The Game 365," a show following "The Bronx Is Burning." Click here for more info on MSG's Summer of '77 extravaganza.
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