NEW YORK (WFAN) — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie didn’t expect much to be made of his appearance Monday in the fourth annual Bombers Boomer Broadway Softball Classic at Yankee Stadium.
But there they were: reporters, photojournalists and the curious alike. It was the kind of reception usually saved for a certain other third baseman in the Bronx.
“It was just insane having all those people there crowding around me, asking me questions,” Christie said Tuesday on WFAN’s “Boomer & Carton” show. “I never thought we would get that kind of attention. And I was just there to play the game, so my answers were uncharacteristically short yesterday. You know, I was like, ‘We’re here to have fun, we’re here for a good cause, have a nice day.’ ”
Christie, a frequent guest on the program hosted by Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton, played the hot corner for a “Team Boomer” celebrity squad that hung on for a 7-6 win over Yankees alumni and the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team.
Carton, who dropped a pop-up that nearly cost his team the game, told Christie that third base “was a little hot for you to handle.”
“Give me a break,” the governor responded. “You’ve gotta be kidding me. … I made the plays except for one.”
He said it was an honor to play against the Wounded Warriors.
“They are incredible athletes,” said Christie, who boarded his helicopter back to Trenton in full uniform. “The way they played that game yesterday was pretty amazing. It was great to see, it really was.”
Despite the ribbing, Carton said Christie should plan on playing again next year. After all, “The Gov with a Glove” made up for any defensive miscues with a big play with the bases loaded — and the game on the line — in the seventh inning.
“If my performance merits it, I’d be happy to be back next year,” Christie said.
Esiason told The Associated Press that the game raised $30,000 to $40,000 for the Boomer Esiason Foundation and cystic fibrosis research.
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