I want to introduce you to my alter ego: "Mr. Sunday." I had been doing Fox News Sunday for a couple of months when we went to Iowa in January of 2004 to cover the Presidential caucuses there. We were having dinner Saturday night at a great steak house in Des Moines--the 801 Club. And as we were walking to our table, someone looked upand said, "Hey, it's Mr. Sunday!" We all thought it was pretty funny. And that's been my office nickname ever since.
But I view it differently. There's poor, old Chris who comes to work every day. And then, there's Mr. Sunday--who OCCASIONALLY gets to do something exciting. I want to share the Mr. Sunday moments with you.
Last night,I was invited by the owners of the Washington Nationals baseball team--the Lerners and the Cohens--tosit in the Owner's Box and watch them play the Chicago Cubs. The Nationals lost--again. But I got to spend about a half hour talking with Jim Bunning.
Bunning is now a Republican Senator from Kentucky. But what made this special is that back in the 50's and 60's--he was a Hall of Fame pitcher for the Detroit Tigers and the Philadelphia Phillies. He pitched a perfect game against the Mets in1964--and a no-hitter against the Red Sox before that. As you can tell, I was pretty excited.
Someone asked him--which great hitters used to pound him? He said the 2 Williamses. Who? Ted Williams--and Billy Williams of the Cubs--bo
th Hall of Famers. What about Hank Aaron? Bunning said he handled Hank pretty well. Same with Mantle and Mays. I asked about Stan Musial--who is now 89 and made an appearance at the All-StarGame this week. Bunning said he pitched against Musial inStan the Man's 24th and last All-Star Game appearance. He said--Mus
ial hit a rocket off him, that fortunately went straight to the right fielder. And he said, even though he was pitching for the American League in the American League town of Cleveland, the crowd booed him for getting Musial out.
It was great to watch a game with Bunning. From up in the box, he could still tell you what pitch had just been thrown--whether the pitcher had good stuff or not--and generally provide you insights into the game that even as a big fan, Ihad no clue were there.
It was a true "Mr. Sunday moment."