MORGANTOWN — Let us begin this morning with an apology, for the scope of this column really will not allow us to do justice to what follows, for this is a tale that demands a big screen, a director with a human touch and the backdrop of the city that is New York.
It could be taken as a coming-of-age film, but it is something more, for this no teen flick, but instead the story of how a West Virginia Big East championship and trip to New York can take a person from the carefree days of early adulthood and allow him to experience the meaning of life itself.
Our central character is Bryant McCarthy, an affable manager at the Boston Beanery on Patteson Drive in Morgantown who celebrated birthday No. 30 this past week. A native of Weirton who lives in Grafton, his wife, Jenny, is expecting the couple’s second child but, as he puts it, “so kindly gave me a hall pass” to join his friend, Jeremy Bragg, a local attorney whose wife, Emily, also is expecting their second child, on a journey to New York for the Big East Tournament.
McCarthy, as you might guess, has the map of Ireland drawn across his face and he’s something of a maverick, a Boston Red Sox fan heading off into a New York Yankees world. His brother-in-law is Cameron Gallaher, one of the area’s greatest all-around athletes who wrestles at West Virginia after having led Grafton to a state football championship.
“The idea,” McCarthy said of the boys trip to New York, “was to have some fun now because I have the chance to do it. With a second child on the way it probably will be another 20 years before I can do it again.”