中英對照讀新聞》At age 70, Yankees fan gets to live out her dream of being a bat girl 70歲的洋基女球迷實現當女球僮的夢想


2021/10/08 05:30

◎張沛元

As a 10-year-old in Westport, Conn., Gwen Goldman sat down in her parents’ home with one goal in mind. She wanted to be the Yankees’ batgirl.

當10歲大的葛雯‧高德曼坐在位於康乃狄克州西港市的雙親家中時,她內心只有一個目標。她要當洋基隊的女球僮。

So in 1961, she penned a letter to the Yankees’ general manager, Roy Hamey, asking him to let her do her dream job.

時值1961年,她提筆寫信給洋基總經理羅伊‧哈米,請求對方讓她圓夢。

But Hamey wasn’t willing to let her dream come true. He wrote back to her in June 1961, "in a game dominated by men a young lady such as yourself would feel out of place in a dugout."

但哈米不願讓她美夢成真。他在1961年6月回信說,「在一個由男性主宰的比賽中,像你這樣的年輕小姑娘待在球員休息區會覺得不自在。」

Decades later, after her daughter Abby forwarded an email and a photo of the letter to the team, it found its way to the inbox of GM Brian Cashman. And last week, on the 60th anniversary of Hamey’s note, Cashman surprised Goldman by delivering a different message: She would finally be able to live out her dream.

數十年後,在葛雯的女兒艾比發電子郵件與當年哈米回信的照片給洋基隊後,此事最終於進了洋基現任總經理布萊恩‧凱許曼的收件匣。就在上週,也就是哈米回信60週年之際,凱許曼傳達了不同、令高德曼大為驚喜的訊息:她終於能實現她的夢想。

新聞辭典

pen:動詞,書寫。

out of place:慣用語,格格不入,不自在。例句:She kept on feeling out of place among team members.(她一直覺得跟新組員處得很不自在。)

live out one’s dream:慣用語,實現夢想。例句:You will never live out your dream if you just keep on dreaming without action.(你若一直空想而未採取行動,就永遠無法實現夢想。)

  • 現年70歲的洋基女球迷葛雯˙高德曼今年6月28日在紐約市洋基球場上一圓遲到60年的球僮夢。(法新社)

    現年70歲的洋基女球迷葛雯˙高德曼今年6月28日在紐約市洋基球場上一圓遲到60年的球僮夢。(法新社)