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An Interview with Babe Ruth (Sort of)
- Updated: December 17, 2012
Hey baseball fans!
I’m back with another blog. The Greatest Pitchers You’ve Never Heard of Part 2 can wait, because I have just received answers to the questions I sent via email to baseball great Babe Ruth! I know what you’re thinking: How in the world could you get in touch with the Sultan of Swat? He died in ’48. Well, my answer to you all is this. A couple of weeks ago, I sent a bunch of questions to the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum, asking them if they could answer the questions the way the Babe would’ve answered, if he were alive today using all his expressions and language. The Executive Director of the Museum who is a Babe Ruth expert, Mike Gibbons, agreed to my request and sent me all the questions answered in the voice of Babe Ruth. Now, unlike most interviews, I’m not going to write a big paragraph on the Bambino because, first he’s a legend and everyone knows about him, and second I already have done so when he won the Best Nickname in MLB History Contest. Anyway, I am proud to present the answers of the great, the powerful, the awesome Babe Ruth!!!!!
Matt: What do you think about the new Yankee Stadium?
Babe: As long as they kept that short porch in right field I feel pretty good about it.
Matt: If you were playing today, do you think a ten year $500 million contract would be enough for you?
Babe: How much does the President make these days? Somebody said if I played today, with the shorter power alleys, that I could belt 100 homers a year. That ought to be worth something like that number you mentioned.
Matt: Lots of players eat different food before and even during games. What did you like to eat?
Babe: During every ball game, my personal mascot, Little Ray Kelly, would make sure I had my baseball six-pack; a half-dozen hot dogs with mustard and onions!
Matt: Any thoughts on the whole steroids era?
Babe: Well, the only performance enhancer I ever took was bicarbonate of soda, which got me to the ballpark ready to play after many a late night. As for these fellas today, well, we were told that extra muscle was bad for a ballplayer. I think that’s right.
Matt: Did you really call the home run in Game 3 of the 1932 World Series?
Babe: I sure did. I let pitcher Charlie Root know that I was going to hit his next pitch right out of the park. I was pointing at him and his teammates when I said it. They’d been riding me hard the whole series.
Matt: What were your feelings when your contract was sold by the Red Sox to the Yankees?
Babe: Pitching 29 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings in the World Series was pretty special. I’m glad it was another Yankee, Whitey Ford, who broke the mark.Matt: You’ve had many nicknames. Which one is your favorite?
Babe: Nicknames used to be a big part of the game, and I liked all the ones coming my way: Sultan of Swat, the Bambino, King of Swing. But Babe is the one I liked the most.
Babe: I really enjoyed Sunday nights at home, listening to my favorite
radio shows with my daughter, Julia. I also liked decorating our Christmas tree every year, by myself. The family would watch me go to it, one tinsel strand at a time.
Matt: What do you consider your best year?
Babe: Oh, 1927, the year I hit 60 homers. They didn’t think I could break my own record, but I showed them.
Matt: What should MLB be doing about getting young fans more interested in baseball history?