Some Sports Illustrated writing I’ve done

Hi readers!

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted. Sorry for being lazy, but as I said when I started this blog, I would only write when I felt like it and not just to write.

Anyway, as many of you know, I work at Sports Illustrated and our hockey editors have been nice enough to let me write a few things.

Back in February, I traveled up to Lake Placid, NY and covered the 35th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice:

Poignant reunion for the Miracle on Ice team at Lake Placid

Miracle on Ice players recall their iconic Sports Illustrated cover – Originally I was only supposed to write one post, but I spoke to some of the players about their cover and what they said was just too amazing not to write about. Ken Morrow actually brought it up to me when I told him where I work!  To be honest, I could have sat around and spoken to Jack O’Callahan for hours.

Currently, SI.com/hockey has a series called “Gut-Punch Losses.” Hey, gotta fill the summer pages somehow!

June 13, 2014- Game 5 Stanley cup Final – Being the resident life-long overly passionate Rangers fan, I was asked to write about their worst loss. Now, what I wrote about wasn’t their worst loss I’ve ever watched, but it was honestly the first game that came to mind. That said, writing about it brought back all the terrible memories of that game.

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The End of a Yankee and a Family Era

**NOTE: I’m posting this on Sunday as Derek Jeter has already left the game after going 1-2 with an RBI single at Fenway Park, but wrote this on Friday morning with my emotions still raw from Thursday night.**

I took this photo at the first game ever played at the new Yankee Stadium back in 2009  (Photo: Stefanie Gordon)

I took this photo at the first game ever played at the new Yankee Stadium back in 2009 (Photo: Stefanie Gordon)

Last night I witnessed the end of an Era. Not only was last night the final home game of Derek Jeter’s amazing Hall of Fame career, but also the last game I will witness with the connection between my grandfathers’ Yankees and my Yankees still intact. Yes, the Yankees have three more games to play up in Boston, but I am typing this on my way to Madison, Wisconsin to watch my University of South Florida Bulls take on my brother’s University of Wisconsin Badgers for the first time ever tomorrow afternoon. So chances of seeing another Yankees game live are slim. Yes, I have the DVR set for Sunday, but watching a game on replay is just never the same as watching it live (I watched Jeter’s last AB live on my phone, isn’t the future great?! And yes…I teared up).

Derek Jeter hits an RBI double in the first inning  (Photo: Stefanie Gordon)

Derek Jeter hits an RBI double in the first inning (Photo: Stefanie Gordon)

If we’re friends or family you know my connection to the Yankees runs deep. My grandfathers saw amazing milestones at Yankee Stadium like Lou Gehrig’s speech, Don Larson’s perfect game, Chris Chambliss’ home run, etc etc etc. My grandfathers weren’t just Yankees fans, they were baseball fans they loved and respected the game. My Grandpa Morris was probably the biggest Yankees fan you could have ever met. He would watch games, or talk about the team whenever possible. Even when we all moved to Florida, when I was in high school, and he was forced to watch the Marlins, he still spoke about the Yankees. I’ve told this story before, give my grandfather a date, he probably could have told you if the Yankees played, who pitched, who scored the winning run, etc. Grandpa Morris shared his love of the Bronx Bombers with my dad. And my brother and I inherited that love from our dad.

Derek Jeter celebrates his game winning, walk-off hit.  (Photo: Stefanie Gordon)

Derek Jeter celebrates his game winning, walk-off hit. (Photo: Stefanie Gordon)

The day my Grandpa Morris died, the Yankees clinched the American League to face the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2001 World Series. I remember being on my phone with my dad, sad that my grandpa was gone and instead of consoling my dad over the loss of his father, he was consoling me. My dad’s words that evening will live with me forever, “Go watch and root on the Yankees, that’s what Grandpa would want you to do.” Of course, that’s what I did. A few days later, my family gathered in New Jersey for my grandpa’s funeral. As we stood by the grave, my father spoke about the man his father was and his last words were of course about my grandfather’s connection to the Yankees (and I’m paraphrasing here…this was 13 years ago) “My dad saw some great Yankee players, from Babe Ruth, to Lou Gehrig, to Joe Gordon, to Mickey Mantle (Dad’s favorite player), to Derek Jeter. That’s pretty cool.” Wow…can you imagine being that lucky? Who else was that lucky? My grandfathers were both over 90 years old when they passed in 2000 and 2001. That’s A LOT of Yankees baseball.

CC Sabathia and Brett Gardner give Derek Jeter his much deserved Gatorade shower.  (Photo: Stefanie Gordon)

CC Sabathia and Brett Gardner give Derek Jeter his much deserved Gatorade shower. (Photo: Stefanie Gordon)

So last night was the last Yankees connection I had to my grandfathers. The last of the players they watched are no longer wearing pinstripes and Bob Sheppard. All gone. No more. Sure, we’ll probably (hopefully) always hear Mr. Sheppard welcome us to Yankee Stadium. Welcome us to Old Timer’s Day. Tell us we’re watching the Yes Network. But we’ll never hear him announce a player as they come up to the plate. No more, “Now batting for the Yankees number 2, Derek Jeter, number 2.” Almost fittingly, the last time we heard that was right before the captain laced an opposite field walk-off hit in the bottom of the ninth. Only thing more perfect would have been if he did that to win the World Series. Unfortunately, that wasn’t meant to be. Mr Sheppard’s voice during a game is now just a memory. Something we’ll only hear during “Yankees Classics.”

I often wonder what my grandfathers would think of the new Yankee Stadium. They’d probably say the same thing my dad did the first time he saw it “It’s cool….but it’s not the same.” Ok, they wouldn’t have said, “cool” but you get the idea.

Ok, I’ve gone on too much of a tangent. Possibly because I had about 4 hours of sleep last night and I’m typing through tears. Tears from exhaustion. Tears that I’ll never get to see my favorite player lead his team onto the field again. Tears that I’ll never get to see my favorite player in pinstripes again (yeah…Old Timers Day doesn’t count). Tears that the last Yankee connection I had to my grandfathers is now hanging up his cleats.

One last time at shortstop  (Photo: Stefanie Gordon)

One last time at shortstop (Photo: Stefanie Gordon)

I’m lucky to have witnessed last night in person. I’m lucky to have witnessed Derek Jeter’s full career, even as a prospect at Spring Training while he wore number 74. I’m lucky that I still have my dad to share more Yankees memories with. Joe DiMaggio famously said, “I want to thank the good lord for making me a Yankee.” Well, I want to thank my grandfathers for making me a Yankees fan.

Here are my photos from Thursday night: http://bit.ly/1CDN7y1

Derek Jeter tips his cap to the Yankee fans (Photo: Stefanie Gordon)

Derek Jeter tips his cap to the Yankee fans (Photo: Stefanie Gordon)

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Seeking….

I’m going to keep this short and sweet (Just like me).

I love my job. It’s one of the best jobs I’ve ever had. I love the people I work with, and the challenges it provides me everyday. But I’m looking for another job.

No, I’m not leaving SI and I don’t plan on leaving anytime soon. To be honest, I just need some extra income. But I need something that is flexible with my SI schedule. (Please do not suggest Rodan & Fields)

I’m looking for something either in social media or event planning (which some of you know, I did in my former professional life).

I think a position in social media is more realistic. I know there are companies/restaurants/etc out there that need services like I can provide, I just need help finding them. Depending on the pay scale, ideally this new position would only require 10-15 hours a week.  I would be happy to discuss contract work instead of an hourly wage as well.

Event planning is also an option. Maybe working with a wedding planner or someone needing extra help during their events?

Of course, a mixture of the two be great also.

Anyway, If you know someone looking for help, or if you’re looking for help, please reach out.  You can find my resume at hirestef.com   THANKS!

If you’ve made it this far and you’re on Twitter/Facebook/LinkedIn…please pass this post along. Thanks again!

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