Sports analysts seem to delight in magnifying the unique in the mundane. “This is the first time that two lefties from the same high school have pitched against each other during the first half of day-night doubleheader since the Ford administration!”
This frenzy is only intensified when the milestone is not an infrequent coincidence, but the relatively forseeable conquering of a statistical milestone. But it was 1992: I was yet to see Cal Ripken play his 2,131st game, or watch Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa chase down 61. In other words, when Jerry Rice caught the 100th touchdown pass of his career, I did not know that “records are made to be broken” was a thing. Everyone seemed so excited, I couldn’t help being swept up in the tide of history! After all, when would I again have an opportunity to witness something so momentous?