March 26, 2013 at 12:51 PM ET
Al Roker recently got the chance to live out a lifelong dream: practicing with the New York Yankees.
Regaling the other anchors on Tuesday with tales of his trip to Tampa for spring training, Al explained how much the experience meant to him.
"My dad was a huge Yankees fan," Al told Matt, Savannah and other guests. "He would have been so proud to see me in the pinstripes."
Everyone on the Yankees lineup, including shortstop Derek Jeter and pitcher David Wells, welcomed Al with open arms.
"Some do's and don'ts," Yanks' manager Joe Girardi told Al when he arrived. "Be on time, so you already did that. Hustle from field to field. And don't screw up Derek Jeter's hitting groove."
Al was overjoyed: "Wow, no pressure!"