The Guy I Always Thought Was Going To Hurt Hank Aaron Is Actually Someone Important In The NBA Playoffs

Friday, May 18, 2007

Longest. Title. Ever.

Sorry about that. But seriously, you remember the moment don't you. Hank Aaron is rounding second as Atlanta is going crazy, and two (white) guys run up to him. Well, the first time I saw the video when I was younger I thought something was going to happen to Hammerin' Hank.

Imagine for a second that you were him...wouldn't you have freaked out with those guys running up behind you? I would have been terrified. Hank is a bigger man than I.

Well, as Aaron rounds third another man runs up to him in a giant white overcoat, and jumps into the middle of the fracas at homplate. Here's the video....can you figure out who it is? (Answer after the jump)

From reader KD, "Craig Sager is meeting Aaron a little past halfway down the third base line. He sticks out, quite recognizable, even then. Wearing a huge, white overcoat."

And you might recognize the guy who is running alongside Aaron after he'd rounded third. That's Craig Sager, on hand as a $95 per-week news director for a radio station in Sarasota, Fla. He was literally interviewing Aaron before Aaron touched home plate.

Sager, now popping up as a reporter all over TNT's NBA playoff coverage, has a knack for finding himself in the midst of sports history. He slept with Seattle Slew in his barn the night before the horse won the Belmont — and thus racing's Triple Crown — in 1977. "I had no place to stay and not enough money for a hotel," he says. "But I'd become friends with the guy who cleaned his stall."

And Sager walked away with a souvenir, now shellacked and on display in his basement trophy room: Some Slew poo.
Yeah, that's what I'd do....I'd take some crusted poop from a horse. There wasn't an old horseshoe laying around?

Sager Forever Linked (USA Today)

(Picture from LTMA and article tip from OMDQ)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 12:13 AM


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GMoney said...
May 18, 2007, 10:23:00 AM  

You'd think it would be bigger news that Sager slept with a horse, no matter how famous that horse was, it's still bestiality.

Eric (Extra P.) said...
May 18, 2007, 11:01:00 AM  

I must kill Frank Drebin.

TJX said...
May 18, 2007, 11:42:00 AM  

I also find it interesting that the ball was hit directly over left fielder Bill Buckner's head.

That guy shows up in the darndest places...

Anonymous said...
May 18, 2007, 1:50:00 PM  

Wait...all of this is made up, like all those Chuck Norris things, right?

What, was Sager the first one to hug Jimmy V, too? And is that him I see carrying Vince Lombardi off the field?

point 23 said...
May 18, 2007, 2:09:00 PM  

Given the death threats Hank faced, it still boggles my mind that those two guys weren't taken out by sniper fire.

TVBrain said...
May 18, 2007, 2:28:00 PM  

Sager is the only guy whose ties have actually gotten worse since the '70s.

Unknown said...
May 18, 2007, 3:42:00 PM  

agreed Bill.

TJX said...
May 18, 2007, 4:43:00 PM  

TVBrain-If they ran out on the field this day and time, they would be.

Anonymous said...
May 19, 2007, 1:08:00 AM  

He's like Forrest Gump.

Boxcar Fritz said...
May 19, 2007, 5:31:00 AM  

Sager slept with Seattle Slew? What a reporter!

Anonymous said...
May 21, 2007, 4:10:00 PM  

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