|George Brown, one of the Yankees batboys, wouldn't swap his job for anyone's. A Bronx native, Brown has been a lifetime Yankees fan and talked with MLB.com Saturday about his three seasons in the Yankees dugout.
How did you get your job?
I wrote a letter to the equipment manager in the middle of '98, and at the end of the season they called me and said I could have the job in 1999.
What did you say in your letter?
That I'm a big Yankee fan, that I played three years of Little League baseball, that I was doing well in school and that I really wanted the job. It was always a dream of mine.
If you hadn't gotten this job, did you vend or want to do anything else at Yankee Stadium?
No, I didn't. I was just hoping and praying that I got the job. I don't know what I'd be doing now if I didn't have it.
What's the best part about the job? What's been the most fulfilling for you?
Actually, having the best seats in the house every night. Coming to see the games and getting paid for it, watching the games with the players. And obviously, winning the World Series with them and having to celebrate with them.
Of all the things that have happened, what's been the funniest?
I don't know. I can't pinpoint one right now. But, like, there's so many moments.
So what's been the most thrilling moment for you then?
Probably the first time I would say, in '99, when they won the World Series, against the Braves, and being on a float with Derek Jeter and the other infielders during the parade.
Justice B. Hill is a senior writer with MLB.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org