Monday, January 24, 2011

More from the baseball writers' dinner

The New York chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s annual dinner night was full of fun surprises, starting with a guest appearance by none other than the great Willie Mays. I didn’t get anywhere near him, but just to say I was in the same room as Mays is thrilling.

For me, two other highlights of the evening did not involve any New York Yankees. Philadelphia sportswriter Bill Conlin gave a lively, hilarious speech recounting his experiences over his long career, one that he will be honored for at the Baseball Hall of Fame inductions this summer.

The emotional highlight for me was Joey Votto nearly choking up as he thanked the writers for his Most Valuable Player award, expressing sadness that his father, who passed away two years ago, wasn't able to be there to watch his son accept the honor.

Bernie Williams was on hand to provide the musical entertainment, starting with his guitar version of the Star Spangled Banner and Bernie and his band giving memorable performances of many songs, including the Bruce Springsteen classic Glory Days.

Picture of Joey Votto.

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