Uncle Sal removed his tangerine-colored balmoral cap and settled in next to Joe at The Crow Bar. He motioned for a Spud's and a shot of whiskey and glanced at the flat screen television behind the bar and saw the score of the Wombats game. The team was losing by three runs but it was still in the early innings.
"Say, Joe. Didja see the game last night?"
"No, I missed it."
"But ya heard about it, right? The incident with Arn Freeberg?"
"Yeah, I heard about it. Pretty crazy stuff."
"You don't know the half of it. I talked to the third base coach this morning. He gave me the story. Seems when Freeberg came up to bat in the ninth with a chance to win the game, the catcher Palmeiro was talkin' all kinda junk tryin' to get into Arn's head. He was throwin' all kinda stuff at him. You know, that Freeberg's wife was pregnant with Palmeiro's kid, that Arn's wife was workin' at a local strip club. That he couldn't hit a watermelon with a sledge hammer. Y'know, the sort of stuff ballplayers have been sayin' forever, tryin'a get into the opponent's head. Well, that was all well and good, but then just before the pitch where Freeberg struck out to end the game, Palmeiro called Arn's mom a Swedish meatball. Everyone knows Freeberg's mom is a Finn."
"And that's why he bit Palmeiro?"
"That's the story I got from the third base coach. Just goes to show you, when you mention his mama, you're talkin' on the bitin' side of Free."
This episode featured:
Errol "Strawberry" Fielder as Uncle Sal
Gunther Mounds as Joe
Jellybean Merengue as the television.
Tune in next week when Uncle Sal says, "Lady, you need some Band-Aids."