2nd Person Reverie


Jack, baseball slugger for the San Francisco Giants, what is the secret to your hefty earned run average?

Well, you know, you know when you go into the batting cage, and you practice hitting for two, say three hours a day, seven days a week, well, you know, you just hit better.

No, Jack. I don’t know. I have never played baseball.

OK Jack. What was your happiest moment while wearing a San Francisco Giant’s uniform?

You know you are happy being a Giant when the stadium is full. You have a warm feeling in your gut, even though the cold wind is swirling down on the infield, making Candlestick Park as cold as an igloo. You are warm because the fans are there, you know?

Yes, Jack. I do know because as a reporter, I am warm; in fact, I am toasty sitting up there in the press box with warm peanuts and cold beer writing my crisp lead, using my best verbs and chronicling the game in a Vin Scully play-by-play manner.

Tell me, what is it like to hold the Runs-Batted-In record for the entire National League?

You are a small kid with a big glove and all your life your goal is to be a star, in every sense of the word. So when you achieve a record, any record, in Major League Baseball, you know your dream has come true, in every sense of the word, you know?

No, Jack, I don’t know. I wasn’t a small kid; in fact, I was a chubby kid, but I had a big mouth, a gift of gab and a voluminous vocabulary. And no, Jack, I have never played baseball, remember?

Well, Jack. I am not sure whom I have interviewed here, but I do want to thank you for making yourself available to the press, which is more than I can say for Barry Bonds.

You are welcome.

I am welcome, you are right.

Photo by Cheri Block Sabraw 2009 Who are You? Central California Coast

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5 Responses to 2nd Person Reverie

  1. The Sci-Fi Fanatic says:

    I’m headlong into coaching my little league team. We’re having way too much fun. I actually had a 10 year old charge me at the mound. I’m too old for that. In keeping with the opening day spirit, nothing better than seeing the Yankees lose their first game. Shweet.

    Cute piece Cheri and always original.

  2. Cheri Block Sabraw says:

    Sey Hey..

    Thought I would harken back to Willie Mays.

    Ten-year-olds charging the mound???

    A frustrated Giants’ fan…

  3. The Sci-Fi Fanatic says:

    Hey. I’m sure you are. I can understand. As a Red Sox fan we have been very fortunate. I am thankful.

    On a lighter note. That was completely in good humor. The boy that charged the mound was having a laugh and smiling and he’s someone I’ve coached for three years. He did it to be funny and quickly did an about face. I don’t want to give the impression he was being disrespectful. He’s a good kid.

    Good luck with those Giants. Sports Illustrated has them pegged at #3 in the NL West behind the Dodgers at #1. Could be another year of pain.

  4. Christopher says:

    “…….You have a warm feeling in your gut, even though the cold wind is swirling down on the infield, making Candlestick Park as cold as an igloo……..”

    Jack was obviously cut out to be more than just a professional baseball slugger. Maybe he saw his true métier, and is today a high school teacher of……….English?

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