Just prior to flying back to South Korea I watched a couple documentaries that included Bill “Spaceman” Lee going to Cuba on baseball trips in Spaceman: A Baseball Odyssey and Gift of the Game. Bill Lee is quite a character, and I thought it would be interesting to sit down to dinner with him one night and talk baseball, politics, or whatever comes to mind for him.
In turn, this got me thinking even more about whom from the world of baseball would I like to sit down to dinner with. We have all heard the question about who you would ask to dinner if you could ask 3 people from any time, but what about baseball?
However, it’s really hard to narrow it down to 3. Can you imagine talking to Shoeless Joe Jackson, Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Jackie Robinson, Honus Wagner, or Mickey Mantle?
So here is my attempt, and reasoning behind my decisions, to narrow my list to 3 people from the world of baseball.
1. Ty Cobb – Considered one of the greatest, the greatest by some, ballplayers of all-time, Cobb is a personality that really intrigues me. During his playing days he didn’t have a lot of friends. I just wonder what it would be like to break down the barriers that he seemed to have and get to know the real Ty Cobb. I’d love to get his take on the steroid era, and get his perspective on how players from his day got an edge. Plus I think he would have some amazing stories of fights and other times he was in a ruckus.
2. Babe Ruth – The Babe always seemed to be the cockiest, yet not arrogant like say a Bonds, player from the past. So many times people ask if he would be able to play in today’s game since it has changed so much, and I would love to hear his answer. I think he would have some amazing HSO’s (Hot Sports Opinions) on Barry Bonds, the steroid era, and how the game has change for better or worse.
3. Bill “Spaceman” Lee – His personality is second to none. With him at the table I don’t think I would even have to say a word. He would get the conversation going in every direction but it would never be dull.
So what would be your list? Who would you want to sit down to dinner with if you could?