Re: Your coolest sports experiences
In 1988, I was with my family visiting my grandpa in the hospital. Hospital rooms always gave me a funny feeling, and I had a tendency to pass out in them, so I went down to the snack room in the lobby where they had vending machines and a TV. I can almost remember this plain as day. My dad came down and bought me some banana bread and fruit out of the vending machine so I'd have something in my stomach. There was a Reds vs. Expos game on the television, and I believe Johnny Bench was doing the announcing.
In walked this oldtimer, and he sat at a table by himself for a while with a newspaper listening to my dad and I talk about the game. Eventually, he came over to the table and asked if he could join us. He told us his name was Arthur, which was the same name as my grandpa that we were visiting in the hospital, and if I liked baseball. I said that I did, and he told us that he had played for the Cubs back in 1923, and then proceeded to entertain us with stories about baseball from a time long before I was born.
He may have been an old crazy man who was just lying to us, I don't know, but his stories were fascinating, and gave me a timeless perspective on the game. I'll never forget that.
This is the Cal Ripkin Jr. of typos.
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