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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
All right, this is it, The whole season coming down To just one ball game, And every mistake will be magnified, And every great play will be magnified, And it's a tough night for the players, I'll tell ya. I know last night, being in the same situation many times With the great Yankee teams of the past, you stay awake, And you dream, And you think of what might be, If you are the hero or the goat.
October 14, 1976 AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST PLAYOFF Final game Kansas City at New York Pregame show
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Two balls and a strike. You know what they had on TV today, White? "Bridge on the River Kwai" Everybody should have gotten an Academy Award for that movie. I don't know how many times I've seen it. About forty times. Alec Guinness! William Holden! Three and one the count. I just heard somebody whistle. You know that song? That's what they whistle. Nobody out. And he pops it up.
May 5, 1987 New York at Chicago Joe Niekro pitching to Carlton Fisk Second inning, no outs, bases empty No score
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Got some chocolate-chip cookies here Murcer. So don't ask me any questions For a batter or so. All right?
June 17 1992 New York at Boston Roger Clemens pitching to Mel Hall Sixth inning, two outs, bases empty Red Sox lead 2-1
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"Prayer for the Captain"
There's a little prayer I always say Whenever I think of my family or when I'm flying, When I'm afraid, and I am afraid of flying. It's just a little one. You can say it no matter what, Whether you're Catholic or Jewish or Protestant or whatever. And I've probably said it a thousand times Since I heard the news on Thurman Munson.
It's not trying to be maudlin or anything. His Eminence, Cardinal Cooke, is going to come out And say a little prayer for Thurman Munson. But this is just a little one I say time and time again, It's just: Angel of God, Thurman's guardian dear, To whom his love commits him here there or everywhere, Ever this night and day be at his side, To light and guard, to rule and guide.
For some reason it makes me feel like I'm talking to Thurman, Or whoever's name you put in there, Whether it be my wife or any of my children, my parents or anything. It's just something to keep you really from going bananas. Because if you let this, If you keep thinking about what happened, and you can't understand it, That's what really drives you to despair.
Faith. You gotta have faith. You know, they say time heals all wounds, And I don't quite agree with that a hundred percent. It gets you to cope with wounds. You carry them the rest of your life.