OVERHEARD AT THE BALLPARK
We watched the New York Yankees leave the Texas Rangers in the dust for the third time this week...and this afternoon found us at AmeriQuest Field witnessing the devastation in person. Bummer. But that's not what this post is about. It's about keeping your eyes and ears open and finding out that a ballpark contains as varied an array of humanity as the bus station or the airport or the DMV. Sometimes edifying and, at turns, disgusting...but always entertaining.
Overheard Remark # 1
The guy behind us, a Yankees fan, continually referred to Ranger's player Mark Teixeira (pronounced Tuh-Sheera) as "Texi-ara". He did this despite the announcer's continual narration of the game wherein the correct pronunciation of the name was heard no less than 50 times. This hearkens back to a long-ago post where we discussed blatant mis-pronounciations of words by our friends and colleagues. Further proof that some individuals, when confronted with repeated information about correct pronounciation of words, will insist on using the ones they're currently committed to.
Overheard Remark #2
The same guy behind us was taking it upon himself to "educate" his wife/girlfriend about the correct way to read the scoreboard. He elaborated about how "E" stood for Errors and "R" stood for Runs. He explained every detail of the scoreboard. He was fairly loud and heavyhanded in his explanation, as though she were hard of hearing or perhaps...simple. When the JumboTron displayed the picture and stats for the Yankee's Robinson Cano, it revealed that he was from San Pedro, DR. The woman asked him what DR meant and he said, "Well...it means he's from the Dominican Republican. Or, if you prefer, the Dominica Republica." Girlfriend said, "Well...which one is it?" He told her that one was English and one was Spanish, but in this country we refer to his country as Dominican Republican. There were a few seconds of quiet before the girlfriend said, "Uh....I don't think that's right." He was fairly indignant, having just appointed himself her baseball mentor/educator and insisted that this was the name of the country.Seen & Overheard #3
Mr. Half takes a trip to one of the many men's restrooms when upon entering he sees a drunk/ill teenage girl on the floor near the sinks. A stadium attendant had just reached the bathroom and had begun trying to assist her.
Attendant: "Uh...Miss? Excuse me...but are you drunk?"
Attendant: "Okay...are you aware that you're in the men's bathroom?"
In that crush of humanity, however, you'll also find some incredible gems. Teebs called me the other day and we had a lovely talk. For the record, she sounds nothing like a robot and I tried not to offend her with my Texas accent. I'm looking forward to flying to an undisclosed location in June and meeting her along with Mignon (not pronounced like the bacon-wrapped meat...I've been practicing), Arabella & Mrs. Harridan. Anyone who'd like to take a chance and meet us there needs to contact Arabella STAT!