When baseball announcer and former player Rob Dibble asked President Obama, who claims to be a huge White Sox fan, to name his favorite player, the President sounded as if he needed his teleprompter.
Dibble: “Having played with the White Sox for a short time, I know how the Cubs fans and White Sox fans go back and forth. Who was one of your favorite White Sox players growing up?”
Obama: “You know uh ….. I … I thought that … uh …. you know … the truth is a lot of the Cubs I like too! But, uh … I did not become a Sox fan until I moved to Chicago. Because I uh …. I was growing up in Hawaii so I ended up actually being an Oakland A’s fan.”
So the President of the United States, who claims to be a huge White Sox fan, stuttered and stammered and couldn’t name a single White Sox player.
As baseball fans, we find ourselves forced to call bullshit on the President. He got caught doing that politician thing by claiming to be something he’s clearly not. No real baseball fan would have to hesitate for a moment before naming his favorite player. Ask George Will the same question and see how quickly he answers.
For example, the editor of IHateTheMedia.com can still name the starting line-up and most of the rest of the roster from the 1959 Los Angeles Dodgers (who, coincidentally, defeated Obama’s Chicago White Sox in the World Series).
Off the top of my head:
Catcher – Johnny Roseboro
First Base – Gil Hodges
Second Base – Charlie Neal
Shortstop – Don Zimmer
Third Base – Jim Gilliam
Left Field – Wally Moon
Center Field – Duke Snider
Right Field – Carl Furillo
Starting Pitchers – Don Drysdale, Johnny Podres, Roger Craig, Stan Williams
Relief Pitchers – Clem Lebine, Johnny Klippstein, Larry Sherry, Danny McDevitt, Sandy Koufax
One Additional Player – Rip Repulski, my all-time favorite baseball name
This is not a complete list and it may not be perfect. I only named 18 of the 25 players and probably misspelled a couple of them and may even be wrong a time or two.
Fact is, real baseball fans can easily reel off the names of their favorite players on their favorite team. Those names are emblazoned forever in our minds, probably crowding out far more valuable information.
That doesn’t make real baseball fans smarter than the President. Just more honest.