|My day at Shea
by Tommy Russo, Working Underground Foreman for KeySpan Energy
Last fall our company hosted an Employee Appreciation Day at Shea Stadium.
Between our work force and family members, we had over 10,000 seats. At the
suggestion of Ralph Ranghelli, the Business Manager of our union, Local 1049,
I was selected to represent the company and throw out the first ball. I've
always been a big baseball fan, so for me, this was like a dream come true.
The weather for the day was perfect. I got to the park about two hours early
and met all the ball players, except for Mike Piazza, who wasn't standing
around with the team. This was before Mike had decided to remain with the
Mets. I asked the Met's photographer if he could get a photo of me with Piazza
and he said after I threw the opening ball, to try to keep him at home plate
so he could snap the shot.
Well the game was about to start and a booming voice comes over the PA system
saying "Tom, this is your pitch." I run out to the mound, wind up, throw the
ball, and then jog in to get it back from Piazza. He doesn't want to make eye
contact and I see it's going to be tough to get a picture. When I'm about 5
feet away I say "Hey Mike, for $100 million, why don't you stay in New York
Got him. He stopped dead in his tracks for a second, and I saw the
photographer snap the shot. The only problem was, he never sent it to me!
That's ok, it was an incredible day, one I'll always remember.