Friday, August 02, 2002

You could say this rotisserie geek got a life:
ESPN The Magazine reports that Ernie DiFranchi, a Port Authority technology officer, left his co-workers at breakfast on the morning of September 11 to go up to his office on the 71st floor of the World Trade Center's north tower, arriving early in order to make a fantasy baseball transaction before his league's 9 a.m. deadline. As soon as the first plane hit, DiFranchi escaped down the stairs, but he believes his two friends died in the elevators going up--where he would have been had he not been playing fantasy baseball.

In a somewhat morbid gesture, a Phillies beat reporter heard about the story and arranged for a meeting between DiFranchi and Chicago White Sox right fielder Magglio Ordonez, the player DiFranchi waived in his 9-11 move. DiFranchi gave Ordonez his Port Authority survivor's pin, and Ordonez said DiFranchi "owed him one."

That's just weird on several levels. We still have yet to hear an example of one columnist's suggested urban legend that a World Trade Center worker is awakened at a girlfriend's house by a desperate post-attack cell phone call from his wife on the morning of the 11th, and indicts himself by lying that he is at work. It should be just a matter of time before these stories start to emerge.

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