|© 2009 MLB Advanced Media, L.P. All rights reserved.|
Mehring Monday 8/24: True Story08/24/2009 11:48 AM ET
By Chris Mehring / Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
As a bit of background, the Beloit Snappers were just in town. One of the trainers is also named Chris. On the day that Beloit played their last game in town, there was a menu to a Cousin's sub shop taped to the wall with a note that said something like, "Get your order and $$$ to Chris before the game. Food will be delivered after the game."
This sign stayed up on the off day and through the first three days of the Cedar Rapids series.
On Sunday, I went into the visiting team clubhouse before the game to get their lineup. That's when one of the Kernels players stopped me and asked, "Are you Chris?"
At this point, I am trying to think back to which Kernel I made fun of the night before or if there are any guys on the team from colleges I made fun of in the series. Then, I started to think about any close scoring plays that might have gone against Cedar Rapids.
Then, he pointed at the sign, which had the ordering instructions for a getaway meal. I said, "Yes, but I'm not that Chris. That's left up from the Beloit series"
It was an odd coincidence and I don't think that he believed me. Then, the player asked the Kernels traveling clubhouse manager if he would order subs for the team for a post-game meal.
"I spend enough money," was the reply.
"You wouldn't buy them. We'll pay you. Just order them," pleaded the player.
"No," was the one word reply.
I quickly double-checked my lineup and made a quick exit before I could be dragged in more than I already was.
I left the clubhouse and went down the hallway to get back to the relative safety of my broadcast booth. That's when I heard the player say, "Thanks for the help, Chris."
I sure hope that was directed at the trainer from Beloit.
Need More Mehring? Try the Rattler Radio Blog
Previous Mehring Mondays:
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.