In a moving tribute, NBC News correspondent Dawn Fratangelo writes about the special significance yesterday’s final game at Yankee Stadium held for her. Fratangelo and her husband, NBC News senior producer Eric Wishnie, had season tickets at Yankee stadium for 10 years – “the front row, upper deck, behind home plate,” Fratangelo wrote in an essay first published on her Facebook page.
“Love Nest Above Home Plate” is tribute to Wishnie, who died last summer. Fratangelo describes the friends who made up “our Yankee neighborhood,” and how she and Eric got their nickname:
…we were known as the “kissy couple.” I don’t know how it started but we began a ritual of standing, clapping as the player or players rounded the bases during a home run and winding up into a double high five that came sliding into to a full-on hard kiss.
Fratangelo writes about being “torn as to what to do” with Eric’s ticket to Sunday’s game. His seat remained empty, save for his Yankees jacket, brought along by his still-grieving widow. “Instead,” she writes, “I invite folks to drop by for a visit and chat. And if any are so inclined, pledge to donate to a scholarship in Eric’s name that will reward other wondrous, talented journalism students like him.”
This afternoon, Fratangelo told TVNewser she’s finished the paperwork to have that scholarship set up at Eric’s Alma Mater, the University of Florida.
Dawn gave us permission to publish the tribute. You can read it after the jump…