When A Random Traffic Stop Turns Into An Encounter With Your Childhood Heroes
I received a call from my best friend this afternoon. Some of you may know him, he goes by the name ‘McGee-Fan51′ on this blog, and he has been with me and ’30-YOC’ since day one.
He lives more than 2,000 miles away from me, but we collect together and share a lot of stories of the guys from our youth on a regular basis.
Anyway, back to the story…
So, I got a call from his this morning and after hearing it, I told him that I needed to publish it on my blog. He was cool with it.
So, here is Gerad’s amazing tale from this morning:
“On today’s date at approximately 0830 hours I was monitoring traffic in the 200 block of Missouri Highway 141 when I observed a white 2011 Audi traveling at a high rate of speed. I clocked the vehicles speed with my radar unit going 20 miles over the posted speed limit.
I activated my emergency equipment and stopped the driver.
As I approached the drivers side of the vehicle I could see that the driver was looking at me through his side mirror coming to realize that this wasn’t just anybody………this was Ozzie Smith #1………..who was watching me as I was walking up to his car!
I confronted The Wizard face to face & stated these three words … “Your My Hero!” He had a huge smile on his face and stated thank you. While he was thanking me I noticed an occupant sitting in the passenger seat. With the sun shining bright in my face and the size of the SUV I had to duck my head down just a tad in order to see the passenger who I immediately recognized as Willie McGee #51! My all time favorite baseball player & Hero!
I went into shock! Worse than a 14 year old girl meeting Justin Beiber. O.K. well maybe not that bad, but I was beside myself. A policeman wearing a bullet proof vest and carrying a Glock pistol doing a dangerous job right? Never knowing who your coming into contact with. Always keeping your guard up. Not on this stop! I knew these guys. I had been fans of theirs since 1982 when I was 6 years old. I knew more about them than I knew about my own grandparents.
So here it goes…
I put my hands over my mouth and said “O my God Willie McGee”.
I couldn’t believe it. My Man. My User-Name “McGee-Fan51”. My Favorite number 51. My Hero sitting in a beautiful Audi right before my eyes. Not at a baseball card show, or at Busch Stadium. But on South Bound MO Highway 141. In my town. On the mean streets of STL. On my streets. On my turf.
What should I say, what should I do, how should I act?
Well let me tell you… I said very few words.
I said this.
“Willie McGee you are My Hero.” “I love you guys.” “Thank you so much for what you have brought to St. Louis and what you’ve done for me as a fan.”
They both put out their hands & thanked me. After a firm and Honorable hand shake I walked back to my police car shaking my head thinking to myself “I’m I dreaming?” I walked away from my two hero’s. My two favorite STL Cardinals of all time. My two favorite baseball players of all time. And forgot to ask for their autographs!
I may have forgotten to ask them to sign a business card, but I do have the traffic stop on camera. And although you cannot see Mr. Smith or Mr. McGee you can hear Ozzie laughing and saying thank you.
Brian I will do my best to burn a copy of this stop and submit it to you. Feel free to post it on your blog. I think you’ll get a kick out of me & my reaction too.
It’s not everyday you get to meet one of your hero’s. Today I met both of mine. And Ill never forget it.”
Pretty cool, huh???
Gerad, Thank You for sharing. It was quite a story indeed!!!!