erik lundegaard

Say Who?

An anecdote in honor of Game 1 of the 2012 World Series, San Francisco Giants vs. Detroit Tigers, which starts tonight.

Last week Patricia and I were out to dinner at Cafe Presse with another couple and a friend visiting from Vietnam. I was relaying a story about the 2012 election (of course) and began in this manner. “The best explanation I can come up with is, I think he's doing what Willie Mays often did. Often...”

At which point I was interrupted by Myriam, one half of the couple, who asked the following question:

Who's Willie Mays?

I was stunned for a second. I didn't know how to answer. It was as if someone had asked me: Who's Abraham Lincoln? What's bubble gum? Where's the sky?

In Myriam's defense, she arrived in this country from the Philippines when she was 7, in 1977, when Willie's playing career was over.

On the other hand, her husband, Jim, is a big baseball fan, but he's mostly a Yankees fan, and Yankees fans are notoriously myopic when it comes to the rest of the sport. Myriam knows enough to root for the Yankees but not much beyond that. It's the New Yorker cover view of the world transplanted to baseball. At least she didn't ask, “Was he as big as Derek Jeter?”

Eventually I got on with my story but that was the bigger story to me.

Who's Willie Mays?

About broke my heart.

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Posted at 10:04 AM on Wed. Oct 24, 2012 in category Baseball  

COMMENTS

David Budge wrote:

Say Hey Erik.

Thanks for the reference and the nod. Been reading your Dad's comments on the play-off broadcasting commentary. Makes me miss both of you a lot!

Comment posted on Wed. Oct 24, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Rob wrote:

Willie Mays was Wesley Snipes in Major League, right?

Comment posted on Wed. Oct 24, 2012 at 12:43 PM
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