Brian from Washington Heights sank into a seat on the 1 train this morning and asked, “Are the Yankees going to climb out of this?”
New Yorkers climb and climb and climb. There are stairs everywhere: Subways, ballparks and walk-ups.
Jimmy Breslin once said, “No story in New York happens under the fourth floor. You climb stairs and all the stories are at the top of the stairs. You get into trouble when you get there using an elevator. All the news business starts with your feet.”
The baseball business, too.
It’s hard to appreciate the game without the climb. Baseball is as hard as the streets and the tunnels and the stairwells. That’s why baseball is so much a part of New York and New York is so much a part of baseball.
Up and down the same stairs every day never gets old because New Yorkers know that the climb is all the fun.