Thursday, June 6, 2013
Following some tragic footsteps
Cole either would have gone to AAA to open the season, or would have been back in Binghamton. Unfortunately, with his untimely death, this didn't happen. However, do you know who was the first player to play CF at NYSEG Park (Binghamton Mets home stadium) after Cole's death? Me.
You see, my high school team played our home games there. We had a home game there before the Mets did in 2001 (and it was freezing). Later that year, the Mets put up a nice tribute sign in the outfield - it was a #5 with Cole's name. I was wore #5 as well, and every time I ran out to the outfield that year, I took a look up at the sign and remembered Cole.
A little later on, I picked up this game used bat card of Cole, just as a keepsake for a life cut far too short. The bat chunk is cool, with stitches burned into the wood.