We always loved this two minute scene in Ken Burns’ Baseball.
Really, it kind of says it all in terms of when you are a kid, and you love baseball, and you head to the ballpark for the first time. It’s different for all of us, but always a larger than life experience. Billy Crystal sums it up eloquently.
I still remember my first time – seeing that emerald green astroturf at Riverfront Stadium. I’ll never forget it until the day I die. It seemed almost like I wasn’t really there.
This video should have been on the blog a long time ago. It’s always belonged somewhere on the internet. Finally, I’ve done it justice. It says so much.
And what a lucky kid Crystal was. He saw a doubleheader; two Yankees wins. Two Mickey Mantle homers. We’re talking Mantle in his PRIME at age 24. What a time.