Originally published on Sat March 31, 2012 1:06 am
She closed the book, placed it on the table, and finally decided to walk through the door.
I sucked in a full exchange of air and my stupefaction began to lift.
Oh, God ... did she respond to my note? She'd been sitting there long enough, but my study-carrel stakeout afforded only intermittent glimpses beyond the long, dark hair that draped over the back of her seat.
There is often a special bond between pitchers and catchers. They report for work first in spring training and share a secret language of hand signals to work their way through batters.
But the bond between this pitcher and catcher duo, each Yankee legends of different generations, began after their playing days.
When Yogi Berra, a three-time Most Valuable Player, now in his mid-80s, arrives in Tampa for spring training, he's picked up at the airport by Ron Guidry, the four-time All-Star and Cy Young Award-winning pitcher known as Louisiana Lightnin'.
But earlier in the contest, the loudest voice promoting the former Pennsylvania senator wasn't the candidate himself. It was Foster Friess, a multimillionaire who was the main funder of a pro-Santorum superPAC.
Briefings are part of the demobilization process that the 182nd Infantry Regiment must go through at Camp Atterbury in Columbus, Ind.
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Spc. Jonathan Nestico, 27, just completed his first combat tour with the 182nd Infantry Regiment. Nestico saw a mental health counselor at Camp Atterbury to start working through some issues: an IED attack, his family's financial problems and worries about fitting in back home.
We first met the soldiers of the 182nd Infantry Regiment of the Army National Guard about a week ago, on an airport tarmac. They had just landed in the United States after wrapping up a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan.