Who Am I?
Monday, February 23, 2009
Never Make That Mistake Again
Prior to today’s workout, third base coach Joey Cora called all of the White Sox players and staff together on a back practice field. Media members edged closer and television cameras zoomed in.
In addition to the usual daily announcements (today’s schedule, travel plans for the week, etc), Cora had a trick up his sleeve on Monday.
He wanted to play a game of “Who am I?”
You see, a couple of days ago, 2008 first round pick Gordon Beckham stepped into the box to hit during a round of batting practice. AJ (of course) was catching.
Number 80? the veteran asked. Kinda a high number for a prospect.
“What number should I have?” Beckham replied.
“I heard they were un-retiring No. 3, Harold’s numbers,” AJ countered.
“Harold who?” the rookie answered.
Oops. Might want a mulligan.
Flash forward then to Cora. He dramatically pulled out a sheet that detailed all of Harold Baines’ accomplishments.
With great aplomb, Cora listed all of Baines statistics, emphasizing where he ranks in baseball history …
“57th All-tme!” he yelled as players and staff stiffled giggles.
Beckham meanwhile took it all in stride with a big smile on his face.
When Cora finished, he asked, “so who am I? Just in case no one knows, the next time you are at U.S. Cellular Field, you can look up in right field and see a bronze statue of this man. It will be there forever!”
He then pointed to Beckham.
“Who am I?”
“Harold Baines,” Beckham admitted as Harold jokingly introduced himself and signed a photo for Beckham. The team roared.
“But I knew that,” Beckham explained.
He certainly does now.