Baseball Toaster Bronx Banter
Some Bright News on a Somber Occasion
2006-09-11 04:47
by Alex Belth

It is a bit chillier in Manhattan than it was five years ago to the day. Otherwise, it is a brilliantly sunny day, eerily reminiscent of that fateful morning that altered the city and the country forever. I rode the IRT to work this morning and there was the usual commotion, but there were also some hints of somberness too--a business woman in a black suit, a strapping Jewish kid with a black yarmulke, a gray-haired liberal with a black t-shirt that read, "What Really Happened?" Today is certainly a day to remember those who lost their lives in-and-around 9.11 as well as an opportunity to appreciate the good things we've got in our lives.

I sure have plenty to appreciate, that's for sure. On Saturday, Emily and I took a ride up to Westchester to spend the afternoon with my mom and my step-father. While Em and Tom busied themselves with a project in the back yard, mom and I made a batch of madeleines, the shell-shaped cookies made famous by Proust in "Remberance of Things Past." They are wonderful tea-time cookies, and must be eaten almost immediately. Even an hour or two after they've come out of the oven, they begin to change in nature, going from a light, sponge cake to a heavier, greasier cookie. It's not even that they are my favorites, I just like the idea of them--the immediacy of it all. And you just can't have them without a strong cup of tea for dunking.

Here they are fresh out of the oven. That's my ma, adding some confectionate sugar, the final touch (dig, her beloved Tintin swatch).

And here is the final product, along with a simple plum tart and a strong cup of Earl Grey tea.

A small, good thing, if there ever was one.

A heppy ket.

Yesterday, was cooler and even more lovely than Saturday. Em and I generally spend Sundays doing the chores, shopping for food and chillin' around the cribsite. One of our favorite activities finds me in the kitchen cooking for the week with Emily sitting close by. We chat and listen to Fats Waller records and just cool out.

We the shopping done early yesterday and after I placed a few phone calls for interviews I need to conduct for an article I'm writing, I got down to cooking. Em took her seat and I took the opportunity to tell her how much I love our Sundays together. Then I said, "You know, when I first met you the overwhelming impression I came away with is never to judge a book by its cover. You were so well-put together, your hair was slicked-back into a pony tail and you were wearing that chic black leather jacket. You were smoking hot and I pegged-you for a material girl all the way. Then after we hung out that day, I was like, 'Wow, she's not like that at all.' In fact, you were one of the most unpretentious, down-to-earth women I had ever met."

I went on to tell her how much of an inspiration she's been for me over the past four-and-a-half years, and I wasn't joking. Em has Crohn's and has had more than her fare share grief because of it, but, though she gets laid low every once in a while, whe is as determined and resilient as anyone I've ever known. You just can't keep her down, bro.

Then I got down on one knee and took out the ring.

She didn't know it was coming. I mean, she knew I was going to pop the question sooner rather than later, but it wasn't until I was down on my knee that she realized that this was the moment. "Angela's Theme," by Bob James (better known as the theme song from the old TV show, "Taxi") was playing softly on the stereo when I asked Emily if she'd marry me. At this point, my heart was racing, as she began to tear-up.

She said, "I'd marry you any day of the week."

Ten minutes later, I had her on the five yard line in the bedroom when the phone rang. "Let it ring," I said as she came in the room with the portable phone. Then thinking that it might be a return call from one of the potential interviews I was going to do I looked at the caller ID. My eyes--according to Emily--almost popped out of my head. "It's Reggie," I said.

And sure enough, it was none other than Mr. October. I picked up the phone and quickly made arrangements for an interview later this week. We weren't on the phone longer than two minutes.

"You're having some kind of fifteen minutes," my fiance says to me.

Man, you ain't kidding. We spent the rest of the day in a joyful haze and later we dropped-in on our good friends down in Inwood. Needless to say, we experienced the range of emotions...

From Joy...

To Silliness...

To Terror (and Silliness)...

To Vitamins L-O-V-and E

Hey, it's a beautiful thing.

I'll keep pitching 'em:

And she'll keep hitting 'em:

Oh, and speaking of which, Sal and his pals crushed the O's, 9-4 yesterday. The Yanks' magic number is down to 11 and the win gave them the best record in the AL.

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2006-09-11 05:50:13
1.   Sliced Bread
That's beautiful. Congratulations, and best wishes to you and Emily.

To the tune of "Reg-gie, Reg-gie, Reg-gie!":

Al-ex! Al-ex! Al-ex!

Stadium curtain-call time, bro.

2006-09-11 05:50:35
2.   Andrew Fletcher
Many congratulations to you both! Thanks for letting us share the occasion.
2006-09-11 05:53:56
3.   Count Zero
Congratulations Alex! Always nice to hear a tale of true romance. My 10th Anniversary is Thursday, so it feels especially timely to me.
2006-09-11 05:59:07
4.   tommyl
Congratulations Alex! May you have many happy memories and little Yankees.
2006-09-11 05:59:09
5.   bp1
Congrats, Alex. Yup. I doubt you'll be forgetting those 15 minutes anytime soon.
2006-09-11 06:05:38
6.   SG in ATL
Congratulations to you and Emily, Alex. I don't post much but I read you and Cliff regularly when I'm not too busy with RLYW.
2006-09-11 06:06:39
7.   Emy
Good stuff...many congrats, Alex!
2006-09-11 06:10:37
8.   domvjr
All the Best Alex to you and Emily! I just celebrated my 3rd anniversary on the 6th. It took me a long time to find the love of my life, I'll be 56 tomorrow. Good Luck to both of you!!
2006-09-11 06:15:54
9.   jkay
Congratulations and best wishes to you and Emily.
2006-09-11 06:31:23
10.   Jon Weisman
ALL RIGHT!!!!!!!!
2006-09-11 06:43:20
11.   Sam DC
Very best wishes to you and your gal.

And to Reggie.

2006-09-11 06:53:20
12.   Shaun P
Congratulations to you and Emily! On this day especially, what a beautiful reminder that life and love do indeed go on.
2006-09-11 07:00:40
13.   seamus
congratulations Alex and Emily! Nice to wake up to good news!
2006-09-11 07:02:33
14.   NetShrine
It's an A-Bomb, for A-Belth!

Congrats Alex - to you and Em! This is awesome.

OK, now, to some serious stuff. Let's talk about Em's swing.

Charlie Lau would love that weight shift. Firm front side, toe closed, back foot coming off the ground. Head and eyes down. That's so pretty that I want to cry, just seeing it.

But, when she rolls her right wrist over like that, she's not getting full extension on the swing. Work on that one issue and you guys are set for nuthin' by line-drives.

OK, that said, remember, they do weddings now at Yankees Stadium, if you're interested!

2006-09-11 07:04:40
15.   Derek Smart
Fantastic! Truly well done, sir. Many, many heartfelt congratulations to the both of you!
2006-09-11 07:10:41
16.   Zavo
Congratulation to you and Emily, Alex. Fantastic writing as always and thanks for sharing that.
2006-09-11 07:22:28
17.   Chyll Will
Wowzers. It truly brings a tear to the eye, for more reasons than one. Congratulations, my friend, for Em and October and the many happy moons thereafter.

But man, talk about stepping in the bucket! >;) Doesn't matter, she still hit a home run(!)

We should all swap recipes sometime, just like we all swap beautiful stories like this.

2006-09-11 07:37:53
18.   Bob Timmermann

I think the choice of music helped. I likely would have picked the theme to "Bonanza" or "The Flying Nun."

I don't think those would work as well.

All the best in the world to you two.

2006-09-11 07:43:19
19.   mikeplugh
Congratulations!!!! That is fantastic news. Best wishes to both of you my brother. Hope you get them in time from Japan. It sometimes takes about 10 days....;)
2006-09-11 07:46:45
20.   pistolpete
Hey, what kind of nancy-boy stays inside and makes tea & cookies while his fiancée is out working in the yard?!!

I keed, I keed. ;-)

Wow, what a day - certainly one to remember. Congrats, and I hope you two got to enjoy some short period of 'engaged bliss' before the relatives descended upon you with their own version of the reception...

I think I had about a half a day.

2006-09-11 08:01:34
21.   Simone
Congrats to you and Emily! I wish you both many years of happiness.
2006-09-11 08:20:54
22.   nemecizer
Congratulations, Alex and Emily!

Now that you are getting married I expect that your wardrobe will expand to consist of more than just Yankees t-shirts ;)

2006-09-11 08:30:02
23.   Alex Belth
Hey, thanks so much for all the heartfelt wishes, guys. It means a lot for sure.

Yeah, I was waiting for someone to crack a fruitball joke about my sonsitive ass baking cookies, and then dunking them in a cup of tea. Ah, it's the Belgian in me, what can I say? lol.

Shoot. I was wearing an Expos shirt in the shot of me pitching, though you can't tell that.

The beauty part is that Em and I are going to the game this Wednesday and I had her totally convinced that I was going to propose at the game (something that even I wouldn't have the stomach for).

2006-09-11 08:34:10
24.   dianagramr
Mazel Tov!

Great news ... many happy years together ... you two look like you were made for each other.

In fact, are you guys wearing the same style/color pants in the baseball photos? :-)

2006-09-11 08:39:00
25.   pistolpete
23 Why, so you can have 5,000 drunks yell, "DON'T DO IT" at the two of you? No thanks.
2006-09-11 08:45:06
26.   Schteeve
On an outrageously grey and rainy day in Chicago, this piece was a ray of sunshine. Congrats Alex! I'm stupid in love myself, the best to both of you.
2006-09-11 08:46:55
27.   joe in boston
Alex -

Many congrats headed your way from north of Boston. I'm an everyday reader and sometimes poster - great news !

Best of luck to you and Em. May you raise many healthy and loyal Yankee-loving children!

2006-09-11 09:02:13
28.   seamus
apparently your engagement has brought Ortiz to tears... or at least, forced into a lot of whine...
2006-09-11 09:02:38
29.   Underbruin
Alex - I only occasionally drop by to read Bronx Banter (though I love the summaries of the opposition teams), but even this casual observer was struck with the need to say something. Congratulations, and the best of luck to the two of you. :)
2006-09-11 09:07:09
30.   murphy
cograts to you and em, alex.
2006-09-11 09:07:34
31.   jervo
Congratultions, Belth fam!
2006-09-11 09:13:27
32.   Scott Long
Great stuff as usual, Alex. Major Congrats. And yes, pictures at The Toaster generally always pick up the content. I need to remember that.
2006-09-11 09:22:52
33.   unmoderated
congrats, man.

and may the wedding craze continue here on the banter.

2006-09-11 09:36:06
34.   nemecizer
25 I am proud to be one of those drunks, sir, and should you object may I propose pistols at dawn!

On a happier note, I am going to be at the game Friday night and Saturday afternoon. My tickets for Friday night are in Section 39 of the bleachers. Never seen a game from the bleachers before, but seen like 80 from the Tier box seats.

Anything I should be warned to expect from the bleacher creatures?

2006-09-11 09:38:43
35.   RI Yankee
Elegant as always.

Congratulations and best wishes to the both of you.

2006-09-11 09:49:57
36.   Sliced Bread
34 Despite their reputation as ruffians, the Bronx bleacher creatures like their Earl Grey strong, and their madelines fresh out o' the oven. You'll make a lot of new friends if you serve it up Belth style.
2006-09-11 09:50:44
37.   rsmith51
Congrats, Alex. Best of luck to you both!
2006-09-11 10:03:21
38.   mehmattski
Along with everyone else, congrats Alex. As someone too young to think about marriage, I instead present these happy statistics:

AL East Odds, 9.11.06
Yankees 99.99225
Red Sox .00470
Blue Jays .00305

2006-09-11 10:07:37
39.   Matt B
This is some seriously happy news, bro. Congratulations doesn't quite cut it, but it will have to do for now. All the best to you both.

And I really dug the Krazy Kat...Herriman rules.

2006-09-11 10:17:30
40.   Schteeve
On a slightly less joyous but still pretty good natured note, I was talking to a friend yesterday and we agreed that this has been the most enjoyable regular season we've spent following the Yankees since '98.

It's really been a remarkable year. I was nervous about the Yanks going in to the season and when Matsui and Sheff went down I spent 3 or 4 weeks just waiting for the wheels to come off. I'm so happily surprised that I was dead wrong.

2006-09-11 10:20:53
41.   choirboyzgirl
Just wanted to say Congrats to Alex and Emily!
2006-09-11 10:21:09
42.   Cliff Corcoran
40 That's funny, because I enjoyed 1999 even more than 1998, but since '99, I agree.

Great news from Alex less than two weeks from my own wedding. A good time of year indeed.

2006-09-11 10:25:40
43.   Sliced Bread
Yeah, Cliff's magic number is about the same as the Yanks. Go Cliff!
2006-09-11 10:28:17
44.   rbj
Congratulations to you and Emily, Alex. May you have a lifetime of happiness together.

And there is nothing wrong with baking cookies. I love making chocolate chip cookies - was taught by my grandma.

So the Yanks clinch on the same day Cliff clinches? That'd be sweet.

2006-09-11 10:28:20
45.   yankee23
Congratulations Alex & Emily! Are you registering at the Yankee's Fan Shop?
2006-09-11 10:34:11
46.   Rich Lederer
Alex - Congratulations to you and Emily. You've both hit a grand slam. Best wishes to both of you. It only gets better from here on out.

Your pal,


2006-09-11 10:35:37
47.   Beth
congrats! you guys are an adorable couple. wishing you all the best.
2006-09-11 10:54:54
48.   Simone
Cliff, I don't think I ever congratulated you on your upcoming nuptials. Best wishes to you and your fiancee on your marriage.

Btw, Alex, the madeleines look scrumptious. I may try to make them one day.

2006-09-11 10:55:27
49.   joejoejoe
Congrats Alex! It looks like Em's VORP is off the charts.
2006-09-11 10:56:31
50.   Mike from Hoboken
Just want to join everyone else in wishing you and Emily the best. You deserve it. Congrats.
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2006-09-11 10:58:37
51.   SF Yanks
Woah!! Hold on. Back the marriage bus up a sec. What happened to the single "free" lifestyle? The crazy days? How about strippers and kegstands?

Alright, I'm only (1/2)kidding. A big ol' congrats to you two. May you have a long bloodline of Yankees to come. Actully, I think it would be funny if a RedSoxian came from that bloodline. That would result in some interesting (infamily) rivalry moments.

2006-09-11 11:07:45
52.   Linkmeister
Hoʻomaikaʻi ʻana, ʻōlelo hoʻomaikaʻi!

That's "congratulations" from Hawai'i.

2006-09-11 11:13:42
53.   joe in boston
SFYanks - perish the thought ! Can you imagine ?! I know that I couldn't handle that - my 4 year old son already knows that the way to get me cranky is when he jokingly says :"Yankees boo, Red Sox Yea" I hope he's kidding !
2006-09-11 11:24:06
54.   augustus
2006-09-11 11:24:38
55.   AbbyNormal821
Alex - joyous news to read today! Congratulations! She's lovely and you two look so happy!

And dude, those cookies and the tart looked DELIICOUS!

2006-09-11 11:24:49
56.   kylepetterson
Congratulations Alex. My wife and I are about 4 1/2 years into ours and loving it. We have a baby boy due any day now, our first kid. He's going to make it just in time to watch the Yanks rock the playoffs with me.
2006-09-11 11:40:21
57.   willdthrill
Hey Alex! Your fiance is HOT! Congrats.

BTW, never mind the madeleines, I want to know where your Mom got that sweet Tintin watch...

2006-09-11 11:41:48
58.   Schteeve
53 If he keeps that up you can teach him another handy phrase, "Out of the Will."
2006-09-11 12:20:16
59.   Howie
Alex, Congrats to you and Emily! My wife and I are over 4 years into it and we have an almost 1 year old boy who is getting geared up for the postseason.

Can't wait for the Reggie stories!

2006-09-11 12:49:03
60.   Alex Belth
Hey, I think my ma got the Tintin swatch in the duty-free airport shop at JFK a few years back. But it was a limited run. Best bet is to check for it on e-bay. Yeah, the madeleine's were nice--not my favorite cookie, but they make for a fun experience all the same. But yo, my mom can break-out a sick tart in no time. She's an ill all-around cook. I've never been in baking per se, I'm more drawn to cooking, but I'm learning...
2006-09-11 12:50:46
61.   SF Yanks
53 Oh man. Hopefully he is on your side. Better to teach him now that the Yanks are the way to go. Usually kids should be allowed to decide who they like and don't like. There should be no freewill allowed in that choice, however. Brainwash him if necessary.
2006-09-11 13:03:43
62.   SF Yanks
Being that I am not from New York, maybe someone can answer this for me that is from there. Are Yankee fans typically Jets or Giants fans? What about the Mets? Does it even matter? Just curious.
2006-09-11 13:11:05
63.   Bluebleeder87
you hit a towering blast out of Yankee Stadium with that read Alex, i hope many happy years of marriage for both of you.
2006-09-11 13:16:53
64.   mehmattski
62 I'm Yanks/Jets, because my dad was (is)Yanks/Jets. The explanation he always gave me is that the Jets used to play at Yankee Stadium, while the Giants used to play at Shea. This made sense to me since my best friend when I was little was Mets/Giants.. but I have discovered this theory to be completely untrue (both teams played at the Polo Grounds, then Shea, then Giants Stadium). Growing up in the late 80s/early 90s (in NW Jersey) I couldn't really find very many other bona fide Jets fans (for good reason, the team was awful), as most were reveling in the success of the Giants. This started to change by the Parcells era, but at least in my area there were people content to root for which ever team was winning. Baseball, meanwhile, seemed to be predominately Yankees fans, with only a few scattered Mets fans. A better psychological explanation might be that sports fans can only tolerate rooting for one routinely hapless (Mets/Jets) team. Also there might be an adversion to rooting for teams that rhyme- are there any Mets/Jets/Nets fans?
2006-09-11 13:17:53
65.   domvjr
Off topic, but I need some help. I was in Baltimore yesterday, and I saw a couple of Yankee fans wearing a Bronx Bomber t-shirt with the Godfather logo on it. It said never go against the family on the back. Being a sicilian-american, I would really like to buy that shirt. If any fellow banterers could help me out, i would appreciate it.


2006-09-11 13:19:36
66.   Simone
62 In my experience, Yankee fans are usually Giant fans. Mets fans are usually Jets fans. At least, it works that way with my friends. It is that the whole Queens history with the Mets and Jets. However, everyone is usually a Knicks' fans.
2006-09-11 13:24:02
67.   Adam B
Congratulations Alex. I'm happy to hear about good things happening for someone who deserves them.
2006-09-11 13:31:57
68.   Cliff Corcoran
64 Actually, your dad had it exactly backwards. The Giants played at Yankee Stadium from 1956-1973 and the Jets at Shea from 1964-1983. The Giants played their final year outside of Giants Stadium at Shea (1975), but the Jets never played at Yankee Stadium.

That said, his logic is right. As Simone says, it's usually Yankees-Giants and Mets-Jets, the former being the teams with tradition and history who were great in the 30s, 40s and 50s, the later being the upstart expansion teams with rhyming names who came out of nowhere to win it all in 1969.

I myself and a Yankee-Giants fan. Then again, the future Mr. Belth is a Yanks-Jets abberation.

Extending it further, until Jason Kidd showed up I didn't know Nets fans existed, and I live in NJ. Meanwhile the Yanks-Giants thing usually extends to the Rangers, while the Mets-Jets folks tend to be Islanders fans (for obvious geographical reasons) or Devils fans. At least from my experience.

2006-09-11 13:32:06
69.   Max
Alex, hardcore congratulations, and what wonderful, sweet story to bring joy to an otherwise solemn day. When you hinted at the proposal recently, I figured it was just a matter of weeks if not days, since Em must surely drop in once in a while. :-)

I also need to check out a real Madeleine -- I've only had the "fake" packaged ones they sell at coffee shops, and you make the real thing sound awfully good.

Let the Banter crowd know when you get a date set for the wedding.

2006-09-11 13:34:16
70.   Chyll Will
62 I was told that Yanks fans are typically Giants fans and Mets fans are Jets fans, but I can't help but suffer for the Jets. I was also given an ominous look because of my Jets jersey (or should that be the other way around?), but hey I eat what I like. My brother's a Raider fan, so it could be a lot worse.

I was also informed that Yankee fans also root for Duke basketball, but I totally disagree with that. I don't have a preference, honestly; even though my father's side of the family mostly reside in Wake Forest, I'm not close with them at all.

All in all, I think you root for the NY team that's doing better that decade unless they're both good, so you root for the one that you identify with the most.

2006-09-11 13:38:50
71.   Cliff Corcoran
70 I think that Duke thing is just a slur on both teams. Personally I couldn't care less about NCAA sports of any kind, which I think is fairly typical for New Yorkers save for the odd St. Johns game or those who went elsewhere in the country for college and root for their alma mater.

I should have added that around this time of year it's a common site at Yankee games for one or two fans in the bleachers to be wearing a Jets jerseys while the rest of the section chants "J-E-T-S Suck Suck Suck!" at them. Apologies to my newly betrothed blogmate, but Yanks-Jets is just unnatural.

2006-09-11 13:44:34
72.   Chyll Will
And since basketball's also part of the conversation, I love/hate the Knicks, but I've only ever gone to Nets games as a kid. They always lost, but it was just the fact that I was able to go see them play that makes me appreciate them. I saw Bernard King's comeback, that was the highlight.

The closest I ever came to seeing the Knicks at the Garden was being an extra in a "Whazzzuuuup!" commercial. I won't spoil the magic for those not in the know, but of course the Knicks lost. But I'm a straight-up Knicks fan. And, apparently, an abberation >;)

2006-09-11 13:50:06
73.   claybeez
Well done, Alex! I wish you and Em the best in all your years to come.
2006-09-11 13:54:39
74.   Chyll Will
71 You're right about college ball; outside of watching guys you knew were gonna blow up, I couldn't care less. And I would say that my experience being a Jets fan is more like being "accosted" than anything else. But I love walking around in my Knicks hoodie when they're doing badly and daring anybody to say anything. Talk about a nice warm cup of STFU!

And this year, when the Yanks go all the way, I'm handing out madeleines with it >;)

2006-09-11 13:57:28
75.   Paul in Boston

Congratulations to you and Em!

Funny, I feel like you're a friend, though of course we've never met -- wow, the web has changed the way we view the world.

2006-09-11 14:00:09
76.   Shaun P
62 Surprisingly enough, central Massachusetts has quite a few Yankee/Giants fan combos. The area was once filled with folks of Italian descent, who worshipped DiMag and thus were Yankee fans. Giants games were regularly shown on TV up here, and the Pats sucked for so long more people used to watch the Giants!

Where I'm from in upstate NY, it was always Yanks/Giants or Mets/Jets. Then the Bills got good, and that was that.

2006-09-11 14:05:21
77.   mehmattski
71 Yeah I need to ask my dad why he's a Jets fan again. Luckily he was only passionate about the Jets and Yanks, so I was not tied to his shaky allegiance with the Knicks, and felt free to adopt Yinka Dare's Nets... As for hockey, I adopted the Rangers in fourth grade just to be different, in the fall of 1993. They went on to win the Stanley Cup, and 13 years later... well, I don't give a crap about hockey.

Others might remember that I also pull for Duke, but I have good reason for that. I didn't follow college basketball (pre-March, anyway) much before entering the Gothic Wonderland. But here and other boards, posters have suggested that I might as well take up rooting interests in Notre Dame football, the Lakers, Manchester United, and Sweeden's men's curling team... bandwagoner as I am.

Still better than my friend who, in middle school, put the names of every franchise in a hat and drew a name to determine his fandom. Thus he became a White Sox/Bucanneers/SuperSonics/Blues fan... I suppose it makes just as much sense as following dad's interests...

2006-09-11 14:13:53
78.   Kara
Congratulations, Alex & Emily ~ and thanks for sharing the happiness in your lives with us!
2006-09-11 14:17:37
79.   nemecizer
61 "Brainwash him is necessary". I love it! The cure is certainly better than the disease of being a Red Sox fan.

My cousin Tony and his wife Paula are raising their kids to be Red Sox fans (they live in MA). I told them that I was going to call children's services in Boston to report ongoing, brutal child abuse.

They think I am joking.

2006-09-11 14:18:34
80.   Repoz
Woooeee!...Just found out, Alex!

Best of luck to you and Em.

2006-09-11 14:26:48
81.   Alex Belth
Again, thank you to everyone who spend the time to write their best wishes. That's crazy cool. Oh, and just fyi, the madeleine reciepe we used is from Christopher Kimball's excellent book, "The Desert Bible." Kimball is the bow-tied nerd who runs the ship over at "America's Test Kitchen" (aka "Cooks Illustrated"). Both the show and the magazine are really incredible and are a constant (and approachable) source of inspiration.
2006-09-11 14:35:32
82.   rbj
71 Yeah. I was born in Jersey, lived there til I was nine, then off to the Hudson Valley for the next 15 or so years. It wasn't til I moved west to Portland (in 1990) that I was really aware of even college football. I guess with the city having at least two of the big four there was no need to worry about lesser leagues (though some years it might be hard to decide whether the Nets could beat the Blue Devils.)
2006-09-11 15:16:09
83.   nick
Alex--Congratulations, compementi, big ups!!

70 you're right Chyll (and Cliff), that Dook thing is nonsense; I probably feel more strongly about it than most, having attended Tar Heel games in the womb...

2006-09-11 15:16:25
84.   C2Coke
Congrats, Alex and Emily!

Since I came to the "Wedding Banter" late today I got the chance to read all the posts. There's so much love all around, from Alex and Cliff and all Banterers. That must be why we come here everyday. This is pretty special.

2006-09-11 15:38:27
85.   Saburo
Congratulations and fond aloha from a longtime reader in Hawaii!

All the best...

2006-09-11 16:02:19
86.   SF Yanks
Thanks to everyone who answered my Yanks/football question.

79 That's funny. The good thing about raising someone a Sox fan is that they'll learn to have a TON of patience when they're older. Ya know, having to wait 80 someodd years for a championship.

2006-09-11 16:54:55
87.   LI yankee
Wow Alex congrats man!!

Although I may be too late for you to read this

2006-09-11 17:02:29
88.   Brent is a Dodger Fan
Congratulations, Alex. Much love and luck to you and your bride. Even if you are a Yankees fan. :)
2006-09-11 19:49:07
89.   carneylansford
Jeeepers crimony crisssmas, albelt! Thems pictures of you and the lady together say it all. Congrats and mazel tov. You guys are the real shit. Plus,
The straw that stirs the drink that disturbs the bedroom shenanigans calling in... Chaddy-O throwing for 300 and 2 bombs... and your moms is hell on wheels in the kitchen. Things are looking up all around, albelt. Good on you, brother.
2006-09-11 19:58:41
90.   e double trouble
Yo Alex
Love to you and Emily. You are a great couple, mutually supportive, fresh and sassy. I love that Reggie called when he did. Just in case you forgot that God is timing. Aloha.
2006-09-11 20:08:56
91.   Todd
Alex, was just referred here by Jon Weisman @ Dodger Thoughts. I've never met ya and can only confess to having read Bronx Banter a few times but an engagement is grounds for congratulation and certainly my unfamiliarity with the column doesn't diminish the sincerity of the wishes. Reggie always had some amazing timing as well...congrats and best wishes again!
2006-09-11 20:28:50
92.   Jim Dean
Congrats Alex. I've only been a guest here for a very short time. But you've got the goods professionally and personally. Keep living the dream!

Jim Dean

2006-09-11 20:53:39
93.   Peter
Congratulations, Alex. Best of luck to you and Emily.
2006-09-12 06:55:09
94.   tocho
Congratulations, thanks for sharing this with us.

I wish you the best.

2006-09-12 08:45:27
95.   Matt B
AlBel, you must have felt like Reggie facing Hooton, Hough and Sosa, huh.
2006-09-13 03:12:22
96.   Suffering Bruin
Heartiest congratulations, Alex. Guys like you make it hard to hate the Yankees.

Not impossible, mind you... just hard.

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