I’ve lost a little weight this summer, and fully intend to stay that way, but I’ve been a big boy my whole life, so I have a big boy in my heart that I’ll be for better or better Even worse, for the duration, no matter what number my waist is.
My mother, in the great diplomatic mother euphemism of all time, had a favorite word to describe her only son: “Husky.” Later, compassionate department store owners coined the term “big and tall”. Anything to avoid the “F” word – a three-letter “F” word.
If you’re a big boy, you root for other big guys.
As a child, the meaning was rooted for Billy Poltz, he had the illustrious nickname “The Whopper”. Poltz didn’t look like a basketball player, but Sonofagun could rebound, he could make baby hook shots, and he was the middle boy when the Nets won their first ABA title in 1974. Not long after that, Poltz was signing autographs at a department store not far from my home. When it was my turn, he offered what might have been the most terrifying thing an adult had said to me in my seven years.
“How are you doing, Big Guy?” Billy Poltz asked.
From big boy to big boy. Couldn’t get much better than this.
Over the years, if you have the spirit of a big boy, it doesn’t matter what the scale says about your weight. You have a soft spot for other big guys, especially athletes, because they prove it can be a longer and more difficult road. .
So there’s always going to be an extra look at Sunday’s leaderboards, looking for Craig Stadler, who was nicknamed “The Walrus,” and if you’re also known as “Lunky,” “Skinny,” you’ll find yourself in “The Walrus.” “The surname is not found. “or” thin.
There’s always a sense of satisfaction when William “The Refrigerator” Perry comes over the 2-yard line over and over—or, even better, when he hunts down a fast, handsome-guy quarterback—because you don’t get the nickname. refrigerator” if you are afraid to empty the contents of one at any time.
In 1984, Charles was an early fan club for Barkley, who was partly cut from the Olympic basketball team by Bobby Knight after he violated his Zion-Williamson-starter-kit physique. Barkley adopted one of the great nicknames of his time: “The Round Mound of Rebound.” The fact that he eventually killed himself in good (if never Jordanesque) shape never made a difference. We were in ’84’ for him. Big people in spirit.
Baseball, of course, has long been the zenith for the Zaftigs, a haven for Portleys. Like anything, it started with Babe Ruth, a man known for various appetites, but whose biggest legacy—besides all those records—was his famous affinity for hot dogs. And you can bet they weren’t impossible hot dogs either.
Baseball has been a sport that has long allowed players to excel by exploiting the subtle skills of athleticism – such as hand-eye coordination, quick feet and nimble reflexes. Tony Gwynn hit .338 for most of his career, and if he never lost weight it wasn’t for lack of trying (either in the batting cage or at the breakfast buffet).
David Wells won 239 games thanks to the rubber arm, which forever neutralized the fact that he was better designed to open holes for tailbacks than break bats for hitters. John Crooks was so good-natured that he never noticed that his beer-league-softball body sometimes obscured what a good hitter he was.
The Mets, of course, have recently struck a chord with their recent past. There are still Mets fans who scream for the return of Bartolo Colón, now 49, but forever captured many fantasies with his hand (and in a real night, his bat) but also because He looked as far from the gym as one could ever see.
The colon is not coming back. But Daniel Vogelbach is here now, listed (perhaps generically) at 6-foot and 270 pounds. And if he has more nights like Friday in Miami, when he smoked two duets from presumptive NL Cy Young winner Sandy Alcantara, he could hopefully become the most popular man on the team.
Certainly, the most popular Big Guy.
Paulie From “Goodfellas” Was Always Going To Be In The first paragraph of Paul Sorvino’s obituary, And he was pitch-perfect in the role (and instructing generations of amateur cooks on how to maximize garlic harvest). But I think the first character is Phil Serrata from “Law & Order”. He gave that show instant seriousness and credibility, and it lasted long after he left. Godspeed.
I don’t want to say that “The Captain” is phony and over-the-top. I’d say it’s “ha!” puts in “Hography”.
If I were a Boston Celtics fan, I wouldn’t want my team to trade any name in a Kevin Durant deal.
You know how the ticking clock of “60 Minutes” always gave a shaky kick in your stomach because it meant the weekend was coming to an end? I always have the same reaction when stories from NFL training camp come out, which always seem to be hitting the fast-forward button to the end of the summer.
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Robert Stishkin: When a Yankees fan showers 27 World Series wins on me, I say, “Yeah, but there were 20 before the Mets even existed. And the Mets were in the 2015 World Series. Pretty sure the Yankees were last in 2009.” .
blank: The Mets-fan half of the Subway series is a much better thing for the back-and-forth-wait-for-bad stuff-than-happening environment that so often plagues them so far.
Alfred Angiola: I’ll bet that Daniel Vogelbach’s bedroom had John Crooks and Smokey Burgess pin-ups.
blank: To say nothing of Terry Forster (David Letterman’s favorite Zaftig pitcher) and Aurelio “Seor Smoke” Lopez!
@BradBerkowitz: so when [former] Cleveland Indians will play the LA Angels, will Curtis Sliva officiate the Guardians/Angels?
@MikeVack: It’s not fair when the readers are smarter than the writers!
Charles Costello: Twenty-five years later (exactly, go back to 1962 as you did in your column), there’s still something special about the Yankees versus the Mets. I could do without interleague play, but I would take the Subway series sometime from March to October.
blank: As conditional as we are about some things, it was really hard to be cynical even for five minutes to see, hear and feel what Citi Field was like this week. And we get two more of these games – at least! – soon.