Yogi Berra lightly tapped me on the shins with his cane. That was his way of starting a conversation with someone he had never seen inside the New York Yankees’ clubhouse. My encounter with Yogi came just seconds after Alex Rodriguez brushed me off in favour of a visit to the urinal.
But Derek Jeter, like he has countless times throughout his career, picked up his teammate and engaged yours truly in a one-on-one interview at his locker. He wasn’t in a hurry, looked me in the eye when he answered and shook my hand and wished me luck when we wrapped up. Pure class.
Visiting the Yankees’ clubhouse was a highlight of my 15-year career as a sports reporter. Where baseball is concerned, I’ve interviewed the likes of Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, Canadians Ryan Dempster, Joey Votto and Larry Walker.
My first interview with a baseball player was Hall of Famer Lou Brock. I’ve also been fortunate enough to talk with Ferguson Jenkins, Harmon Killebrew and Bob Uecker.
For me, no other sport compares to baseball. I love the game and everything it entails.
I also cover the CFL for The Canadian Press.
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