Megabestselling author Harlan Coben (Missing You, The Woods, etc.) was recognized by the Yankees yesterday with the honor of throwing out the first pitch at the Stadium. Mr. Coben, who’s about the nicest guy ever to write mostly about grisly murder – I’ll interrupt this story to advise you to watch Tell No One as soon as you possibly can — was all set to cross this off his bucket list when a problem cropped up.
Mr. Coben’s teenage son had played in his high school lacrosse game and then zoomed directly to the Stadium to see the old man on the same hill that Mariano and countless others have graced. But Yankee Stadium security stopped the boy because he was wearing his lacrosse cleats.
What happened next was a made for Cindy Adams “Only in New York, kids” moment.
According to Mr. Coben, “These two firefighters from NYC’s Ladder 49 saw what was happening and offered to loan my son their shoes so he could get in! Long story short — he made it in time to see the pitch, thanks to these guys. The firefighters’ response to our thanks was to shrug and note that hey, their job is to help people.”
Mr. Coben told the Observer that his other three children were already at the game and the quick rescue by New York’s Bravest allowed the boy to join the rest of the family. It’s a delightful story. And given that the Yanks allowed 21 Met runs in two games at the Stadium, maybe Mr. Coben should have stayed on the hill.