STAMFORD — Tony Esposito is not going to like this column. He is not going to like it because he is going to share top billing with his Stamford High School softball players, who sent themselves out on a mission and tomorrow afternoon will be playing in the FCIAC championship for the first time since 2006.
That’s right, it has been nine years since the Black Knights played for the title. They defeated Trumbull that year, ending a decade in which they were the league’s most decorated team, with four wins in five trips to the final.
Esposito doesn’t want his name on the marquee because in his world, “it is all about the kids.” Espo, as he is known to all, is both superstitious — a request has already been put in for coverage tomorrow by my summer intern, who covered quarterfinal and semifinal wins — and disdains publicity. He will try and avoid interviews, and will cut them off on the few occasions the recorder on your iPhone hits three minutes.
“You know what to say,” Esposito will say as parting words to a reporter before suddenly you see his back walking away.