This past week, my youngest son, Penn, and I were in Charlotte, NC, on a baseball trip and decided to take in a Charlotte Knights game. The Knights, AAA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, were playing the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees, AAA affiliate of the New York Yankees.
The old saying, “it’s good to know somebody who knows somebody” is true. A friend of mine had coached the Yankee’s 2B, Corban Joseph, a 2008 4th rounder out of Franklin (TN) HS. After a few texts, we had tickets waiting on us at ‘Will Call’.
It was a good game. After a two-out, top of the 9th error by the SS, allowing the tying run to score, the game went into extra innings. Free baseball! We saw several players who had been in ‘The Show’ – Francisco Cervelli, Kosuke Fukodome, Darnell McDonald, and Jack Cust to name a few. But, most notably, we saw “Mr. October”, Reggie Jackson. He’s not listed as the manager on the MiLB website, but he was there in uniform.
I suspect he’s in exile, after his comments regarding Alex Rodriguez. But, that’s just my opinion. Regardless, people flocked to see him, and I’d guess there were as many Yankee fans there at the game as Knight’s fans. As one who grew up watching Reggie play, it was a treat to see him in person. I’m not his biggest fan, but I do recognize that he was one of the greats.
Between innings, Reggie emerged from the dugout to chat with a friend. So, I took the opportunity to take a video of Reggie and Penn at the game together…kind of…sorta.