- We all remember where we were exactly when 9-11 took place.
- We all remember what we were doing when Barack Obama was sworn into office.
- We all remember how we danced and screamed when Endy Chavez made "The Catch."
No, not Willie Mays' catch. I'm talking about the Venezuelan's leap into the history books (or at least our history books, er, our memory banks). Grown men hugging other grown men. Shea stadium feeling as if it was experiencing an earthquake measuring 7.5 on the (Mike) Richter scale. More grown men hugging other grown men. The 6 foot Chavez not only caught a ball that night; he caught our attention, our hearts and he caught us off guard. A miracle in Shea without Buckner? Who woulda thunk!? We were bound to win the game!
But as destiNY would have it, Mr. Chavez failed to produce in the bottom half of the inning when the bat was placed in his hands and the Cards went on to take the game, the series, and later became the Champions of the World. Oh, how much greater "The Catch" would have been had Endy hit a triple down the right field line and later come into score, but, alas, this is but a dream. We walked home in tears that night, thinking of what could have been. "The Catch...and the Hit".
Although, we have moved on (sort of) and must take the happy memories along with us to Citi Field, we will never forget the way Endy leaped like no man had ever done before, caught the ball as if he was scooping for ice cream on a hot summer day, and proceeded to throw out the chicken without his head that was attempting to scramble back to a guarded first base. A double play. Inning over. Memory created.
Two bobble-head days and one off-season trade later, Endy Chavez sits on Route 95 in Seattle on his way to SafeCo field to suit up for a Mariners team in which he plays The New Kid on the bench, while, 3000 miles away in Queens, a city prepares for a new home and a new beginning. Although they have each gone in different ways and separate directions, they will both know that some things will always go together. Peanut Butter & Jelly, Tom & Jerry, and Endy & NY. Sort of like a ball that fits so perfectly in the webbing of a glove.
We'll miss you Endy.