Louis Bader was in his home office in Bronxville when he heard his son’s phone ring upstairs. The trade deadline was weighing everyone down, and the retired tax attorney felt something big could happen to his son Harrison, who was back to rehab for a foot injury that was taking too long to heal.
A few minutes later, the St. Louis Cardinals center player headed downstairs to share something with his first coach.
“Dad,” Harrison said.
“I think you just traded with the Yankees, right?” Lewis cut him off.
“What or what?” Said the stunned footballer.
“Isn’t that what you were going to tell me?”
The two men fell into each other’s arms. Someone wanted it to be Mickey Mantle or Roger Maris? – Pick what suits you. The other wants to be Derek Jeterat least until some spotty local shelter chased young Harrison from shortstop to center.
“It was fun for an hour or two, like, ‘Oh my God. I do not believe that. Lewis told The Post by phone. “But then we remembered it’s a business, and people are traded, and it’s not enough just to send them to the Yankees. It doesn’t mean anything. Now you have to get healthy. You have to perform. Are you going to play even this year?”
Although he grew up in Westchester County adoring the same Yankees as his 66-year-old father, a man from Rockland County by way of Spring Valley, Harrison loved playing with the Cardinals. He would have been perfectly happy to spend his entire career in St. Louis, one of the largest baseball cities in America.
“It’s a challenge to play in New York, with a tremendous amount of pressure,” said Louis Bader. “Harrison wasn’t sure if he could handle it or not. It was a good thing he got hurt when trading.”
Bader was walking around in a box while his tackled bowler, Jordan Montgomery, lights it for the Cardinals. Although the fans were Crush General Manager Brian CashmanBadr took the time off to see and learn what it means to be a top athlete in the cauldron of the big city. He absorbed a towering study in Aaron Judge’s form, and the plantar fasciitis quickly bounced back enough to allow Badr to join the judge on the court and escort the huge man back to his normal right-hand position.
After seven weeks of trading, Harrison Bader made his debut With two hits and three RBIs On the fiercest night of the season – judge hit Homer’s 60th in the ninth before Giancarlo Stanton’s Grand Slam win for the Yankees 9-8 over Pittsburgh on Sept.
Lewis Bader said, “I had to say to Harrison after his first two games, when he said how awesome the fans are in an interview, ‘Yeah, they’re cool… not to get cool.’” I told him several times that until 1961 the Yankees fans were shooting Mickey Mantle is routinely booed. If you were one of the greatest players who ever lived and your fans routinely annoyed you, what does that tell you? Harrison knows this and understands it.”
That’s why late on Tuesday night, Badr said he tried to show as little emotion as possible after becoming the first player Hit his first home run as a post-season Yankee. Bader cited his parents—his mother, Janice, who was a talented youth basketball player and marketing director for Sports Illustrated—among those who helped him, in his words, “channel that energy appropriately,” staying as close to room temperature as possible. .
With his parents, sister Sasha and at least 100 other relatives and friends on the field for the inaugural Divisional Series victory over Cleveland, Bader provided a game-changing defensive play at the top of third place when Jose Ramirez cut in. Double. He then made a game-changing offensive action and netted goals at the bottom of the third when he tore a full-count Cal Quantrill sinker on the left field wall.
From his seat on the side of First Base, Lewis wished his father Harry, a Ruth-Geregg-Dimaggio man who owned the old Bader Hotel in Spring Valley, was still around to see his grandson make big plays in October for the Yankees. Lewis was filled with pride as Harrison swirled around the rules, but he soon remembered those Mantle boos. “And then I tried to calm down, and keep an even head,” he said.
Much easier said than done. When Harrison was a boy, his father would come back from his Verizon job in the evening, take a bucket of 30 baseballs and wander around looking for an open field in Eastchester, Yonkers, or the Bronx. Harrison put on a helmet and stood his old man 35 feet away and tossed him, before dodging deadly bushings in his path. Sometimes Lewis intentionally hits his son with layers (below the shoulders, of course) to prepare him for a higher speed impact in competition, and Harrison angered.
Lewis said to him, “If you want to be good, don’t be afraid of getting hit.” “You’ll thank me for that one day.”
Harrison later thanked him for the old school lessons, and for all the Yankee games that Lewis and Janice tackled during the Jeter/Mariano Rivera years. Harrison also loved his ski trips in the West with his father. The kid was a better skater than a baseball player and was fearless in his approach. Lewis believed his son could have become an Olympian, but he was concerned about the dangers of the sport even before Harrison made his way through two avalanches.
“Baseball was the safest route,” Lewis said. “When he finishes his career at 11 or 12, I hope to be healthy enough to skate with him again.”
Meanwhile, a Held after Horace Mann Championships in The Bronx, Badr has a chance to win the world championship just over 5 miles away. Oddly enough, his manager is Aaron Boone. In the crowd for Game 7 of ALCS 2003, preparing for the bottom of the 11th after Rivera had made three rounds, Lewis turned to Janice and said, “Boone would have been better to hit home now, because Mo is over.” One step later, Boone made history. .
Now the full moon is watching their son trying to do the same. Lewis was thrilled when Harrison cleaned up his appearance in St. Louis to match Yankee standards. He said: “I hated that hair and beard.” Lewis was happy to sit next to Roger Maris Jr. in Toronto.
But the best part, so far, is this part: Harrison spends the off-season in his old Bronxville bedroom, with his parents, sister, and sweetheart Goldendoll Riley. “He didn’t forget us,” said Lewis. “We feel a part of it.”
why not? A local Mickey Mantle fan prepares to watch his local son play Mickey Mantle in October, while both try to keep his cool. Run home or not run, this is a New York story you should all touch.