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Witnessing True Elation

Every so often, sports fans are lucky enough to see something really special. For me, watching as Cal Ripken surpassed 2,130 consecutive games played will be a memory that will stay with me for the rest of my life. Remembering my Ravens bringing the Lombardi Trophy back to Baltimore, and seeing the tears in my grandfather's eyes as he realized the memory of the Colts could finally be laid to rest, always gives me chills.

Today, I added another moment to that list. This time, however, was a little different. I wasn't rooting for Cal, or pulling for my Ravens. I was watching a dear friend celebrate the greatest moment in the career of his team's greatest player. Watching Mike react to Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit is, without a doubt, the greatest moment of my time in the Fan Cave. And while we have many incredible moments still to come, I think today will be the day I remember most.

It's not everyday that you get to see legitimate fandom. It is even rarer to see true elation. I saw both when that baseball shot into the blue and white sky in the Bronx. For about ten seconds, I saw a 37-year old man bounce around like an eight year old, whooping and hollering and savoring every moment. And for those ten seconds, I was reminded why this game is the greatest ever conceived.

Mike has been along for the ride during every step of Jeter's career. They are almost exactly the same age, and as Jeter's career has wound its way through the annals of Yankee history, Mike has been front and center for every triumph and heartbreak. And for one brief moment in time, Mike felt like he was circling the bases with the Captain.

Unfortunately, we were all so caught up in the moment that we forgot to take pictures. It's probably for the best, because there is no camera in the world that could have accurately captured the look on Mike's face. Suffice it to say that I feel honored to have been here to witness number 3,000, but I feel even more blessed to have shared that moment with a true Yankee fan.

And do you want to know my favorite part? About ten minutes later, Mike was cursing at the screen as A.J. Burnett gave up a two run homer to B.J. Upton.

Some things never change. And that's why baseball is the greatest game in the world.

Every so often, sports fans are lucky enough to see something really special. For me, watching as Cal Ripken surpassed 2,130 consecutive games played will be a memory that will stay with me for the rest of my life. Remembering my Ravens bringing the Lombardi Trophy back to Baltimore, and seeing the tears in my grandfather's eyes as he realized the memory of the Colts could finally be laid to rest, always gives me chills.

Today, I added another moment to that list. This time, however, was a little different. I wasn't rooting for Cal, or pulling for my Ravens. I was watching a dear friend celebrate the greatest moment in the career of his team's greatest player. Watching Mike react to Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit is, without a doubt, the greatest moment of my time in the Fan Cave. And while we have many incredible moments still to come, I think today will be the day I remember most.

It's not everyday that you get to see legitimate fandom. It is even rarer to see true elation. I saw both when that baseball shot into the blue and white sky in the Bronx. For about ten seconds, I saw a 37-year old man bounce around like an eight year old, whooping and hollering and savoring every moment. And for those ten seconds, I was reminded why this game is the greatest ever conceived.

Mike has been along for the ride during every step of Jeter's career. They are almost exactly the same age, and as Jeter's career has wound its way through the annals of Yankee history, Mike has been front and center for every triumph and heartbreak. And for one brief moment in time, Mike felt like he was circling the bases with the Captain.

Unfortunately, we were all so caught up in the moment that we forgot to take pictures. It's probably for the best, because there is no camera in the world that could have accurately captured the look on Mike's face. Suffice it to say that I feel honored to have been here to witness number 3,000, but I feel even more blessed to have shared that moment with a true Yankee fan.

And do you want to know my favorite part? About ten minutes later, Mike was cursing at the screen as A.J. Burnett gave up a two run homer to B.J. Upton.

Some things never change. And that's why baseball is the greatest game in the world.