This post was originally published at csnchicago.com but since it appears to have been purged, I am posting it here. It is not autism related in the least, but I hope you enjoy the read all the same.
One of the exciting things about working in the media is that there is a chance that you are going to witness history. It is seldom the way in which you would have imagined it, and Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series was no different.
I was hired as the audio technician of a camera crew for a sports television network to cover the NLCS that year. As a lifelong Cubs fan, the opportunity to be AT Wrigley Field INSIDE the clubhouse of the World Series bound Chicago Cubs was a dream come true. The Cubs were coming home up 3-2 on the Florida Marlins and Cubs Nation KNEW that this year was the “next year” we had been talking about for 58 years and that the 95 year drought was coming to an end.
Despite being so close to the action, I watched the game like most of the extra media there that day… on small televisions in a dank and cold storage area that had been converted into a “media room”. There were still bags of limestone, piles of dirt with shovels jabbed into them and wheel barrows in the one corner. Despite the atmosphere of the room, the media huddled inside were buzzing and the feeling was electric. Prior was pitching a gem of a game and had a 3 hit shutout going through 7 innings.
It was at top of the 8th inning when the liaison from the MLB came over to our crew and instructed us to follow him. As I scrambled for my audio bag and boom pole, I remember thinking to myself “This is it!” I was going to be IN the locker room of my favorite team when they broke the decades long absence from the World Series. As we left the media room, Mike Mordecai flied out to Moises Alou on a Prior fastball. The Cubs were 5 outs away from the World Series.