This ‘That Guy’ story focuses on a player that I overheard a conversation about when I was a kid. I was at a baseball card show and overheard 2 dealers talking pretty vividly about Tom Brunansky. 1 dealer was convinced that ‘Bruno’ was a lock to hit 500 home runs and join the Hall of Fame, and the other guy just didn’t see it that way.
Although I have no recollection of what these guys looked like, their vocabulary is what caught my attention and is probably the biggest reason as to why I remember much of the dialogue.
It went a little something like this. Try to picture this as a conversation between Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci.
Dealer #1 – You know, I’ve been stocking up on cards of Bruno. I mean, dis guy is smackin’ homers left and right. If he keeps this up, he’s a future fawkin’ hall of fama.
Dealer #2 – Bruno ain’t makin’ it to da hall. No way!
Dealer #1 – What the fawk you talkin’ ’bout, ‘dis guy is hittin’ 30 plus a year. If he gets 500, he’s in.
Dealer #2 – He ain’t neva comin’ close to 500. No way!
Dealer #1 – He just might. So I’ve been gettin’ all kinds of his fawkin’ cads. Rookies, 2nd yeez, 3rd yeez, pretty cheap too. If he stays on dis pace I would make a killin’ on deez cads.
Dealer #2 – What do you not get? Bruno ain’t sniffin’ 500. No way, no how!!!
Let me tell you, this conversation stuck with me for quite some time. I may not have the wording exactly right, but you get the gist of the conversation. So, what did I do? I bought a few Tom Brunansky rookies over the course of the next few months and viola – Bruno has 271 career home runs. At the time of this conversation, I was around the age of 12. And you know what, if Bruno did continue on his pace from the few seasons prior to that one 500 could have been a possibility.
So, now I open it up to you. Do you have a ‘That Guy’ story that falls into the category of someone you overheard a conversation about and it sparked your interest enough to drop a few dollars in that player’s direction? If so, please share your ‘That Guy’ with us…