Saturday, July 25, 2009

Trip to NYC Ends with a Cone

While I should probably post today's game review, there is no time. I have much bigger news to report. Today my brother and I went down to New York to show some of our cousins from Puerto Rico the big city. We parked in a parking garage on 60th street next to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, situated next to the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle.

At the end of our trip we stopped by the Time Warner Center for a quick trip to the bathroom and then we headed out down 60th street to the parking garage. As the fearless leader of our group, I was walking ahead, my wife was behind me and my brother had barely made it out the door of the Time Warner Center. Some guy tried to stop me and ask me a question, but I was busy leading a pack, so I was all like, "Out of my way commoner. And don't forget to respect Jeter's gangster." Suddenly I hear my wife saying, "honey, come here."

I turned around and walked to her as she pointed at a man standing near the curb. I assumed she wanted me to apologize to the man I had just politely brushed off. "Isn't that David Cone?" she asked excitedly.

Indeed it was. David Cone was standing right there, in the flesh. But I've been fooled by David Cone impersonators before, so I asked him a question only David Cone would know. "Who caught your perfect game, Mr. Cone?" "Joe Girardi," came the response. I immediately wet myself, which Mr. Cone assured me happens all the time.

I called my brother over and said, "Look, it's my old buddy David Cone. We went to UMass together."

Mr. Cone then proceeded to take pictures with my brother and I, with my brother and I and a number of combinations of different cousins and my cousins children. Then he chatted with the kids and gave them high fives. Mr. Cone was incredibly friendly, talkative and we really appreciated his willingness to literally sit through a photo shoot for us as we took a bunch of pictures with different cameras and combinations of people.

Mr. Cone was at the hotel for a benefit for Johnny Damon's Wounded Warrior Project. That just goes to show, when you give to charity you get to meet some pretty cool bloggers.

My brother and I are now accepting interviews from any and all media outlets interested in learning more about David Cone. What kind of guy is he? Where does he like to hang out? What's his favorite color? Fernando and I will also be featured in the upcoming revised version of David Cone's Yankeeography, discussing all the highs and lows of our well documented friendship. Here's a picture of the three of us in NYC:

12 comments:

Ruthie J said...

That is SO amazing!!! lucky lucky yous...........glad you decided to post this first instead of a game review..I'd rather hear about
D-conez then a loss =(

Naeree said...

Yes! There is hope for a Yankee Fan by Marriage! I did indeed spot Mr. Cone whom my husband carelessly passed by!

Roberto E. Alejandro said...

It's a good thing I converted my wife to Yankeedom. Otherwise we probably would've missed him today.

Naeree said...

Oh by the way, since my husband shook hands with Mr. Cone, will that give him the power to throw his socks perfectly into the hamper??

Roberto E. Alejandro said...

No, but it did immediately transfer all his memories of his perfect game, via mind-meld. So now, it's like I've thrown a perfect game, and no one can take that away from me. Not even socks on the floor.

anonymous number two said...

Wow, you are so lucky to have such a smart wife! Now if she could only spot Jeter for you. Hopefully, when you have an empty bladder.

bigjf said...

Yankee fans by marriage are the best fans. Very cool!

Riddering said...

You should probably already know this but:

Your wife is awesome.

If I could pick one Yankee to accidentally meet on the streets, it would definitely be Coney. What a great guy he is, doing charity and chilling with the fans on the same day. You are living the dream, Mr. R. Alejandro. Thanks for the write up! I got all excited just reading about your encounter.

She-Fan said...

I love your pic with "Mr. Cone!" And you are now my top authority on him, although my sister called me the other day nearly hysterical. "I'm standing here at a CVS pharmacy and David Cone is in the shampoo aisle!" I told her to go say hello and she did. He was very nice to her, even though she must have looked nuts. Good guy.

Anonymous said...

PS - I ran the event that Cone was at and there were LOTS of other Yankees that you missed.

Fernando Alejandro said...

David Cone is a really nice guy. I don't know why that surprised me so much, but it did. We stood there and talked a little bit, and it wasn't awkward. He also engaged the kids that were with us, which was cool.

By the way, it was convenient that I was wearing a Yankees shirt that day.

Fernando Alejandro said...

Anonymous, Cone had told us there were more players up there. Sounds like a cool event. Next time, send an invite to the RJG! We at the RJG eat $10,000 plate dinners for lunch!