The seventh in our 118-part series:
Boomer’s Beanie Babies
Since we wrote about Boomer yesterday, we figured today we’d share with you the story of Boomer’s Beanie Babies. First, some scene setting. It was December 1998, and the Devils were hosting the Rangers. Schnookie bailed on the game due to illness, so Boomer drove to the arena by herself, while Pookie would take the bus from Port Authority. Pookie probably should have skipped the game as well, as she had an important Final the next morning, but as this story will tell, dedication is always rewarded. There was extra incentive to attending the game, as two rarely-seen family friends would be in attendance as well. All parties arrived at the arena, mingled in the concourse and then took their seats, Boomer and Pookie in the fourth row on the goal-line, the family friends in the upper deck. It was the perfect scene of idyllic tranquility…
Until Wayne Gretzky tried to kill Boomer.
(Alright, it was determined later it was Sheldon Souray who shot the puck, but it sounds better to say Wayne Gretzky tried to kill our mom.)