Monday, August 7, 2006

Josh Saviano is a lawyer who is better known for his acting career, playing Paul Pfeiffer on "The Wonder Years." A Yale and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law graduate, he is a lifelong New Yorker who bleeds blue, as in Rangers, Mets and Giants blue. Saviano, 30, practices corporate law with Morrison Cohen LLP in New York.

What role has sports played in your life?

I was born in White Plains and raised in northern New Jersey and I was born in '76, so my impressionable years were the early to mid-'80s. During that time, the first real sports love was instilled in me by my father's friend and that was the tradition of the New York Rangers. I am a diehard fan as I am with most sports.

My wife will certify that. Which is why this is the first granted interview I've given in seven years. That's a testament to the sports that I love.

So what big moment stands out with the Rangers?

Obviously, it's all about '94. One of the most vivid memories I have is of Game 7 and watching the finals. It was because it was my stepsister's graduation that day. I had to go to a dinner and thank goodness there was a television at the bar and I remember my mom screaming at me that I had to come back to the table. But how could I? It was Game 7 and the Rangers were about to win the Cup for the first time in forever.

Where were you for the Buckner ball?

I was at my friend's place and if I remember, it must have been one of the Jewish holidays because he always hosted them -- Yom Kippur or Rosh Hashanah. And it was my first lesson I ever learned of "Don't give up on your team," where I went through the emotions of, I can't believe they are gonna lose to the elation of that moment.

Good time to be a kid in New York, right?

I think the very peak of my sports fanage, of my sports fandom, was when I was 10. The Mets won the World Series, the Giants won the Super Bowl and, well the Rangers [stunk]. But that's okay, 'cause that's what they did. And two out of three ain't bad.

This year's Mets?

Awesome. But we're living in an easy world right now. I'll tell you what's by my desk right now. About 30 games ago, I decided to post a countdown of the magic number for the Mets' season. I put it on one of those pullout pads. I started at number 93.

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