So below is a link to the YouTube clip of celebrity "Put Down the Duckie." My sister and I were trying to name some of the celebrities in the clip, but were coming up short (though Amy nailed a few of them right on, like Madeleine Kahn!) So I looked up the celebrity list (Jeremy Irons dancing? whaaa?). So I'm reading along and I get to "Mookie Wilson" because the Mets are in the celebrity "Put Down the Duckie" because they had won the series the year before because someone *coughcoughBucknercough* let the ball go through his legs. What I did not realize is that MOOKIE WILSON HIT THAT INFAMOUS BALL! Which leads me to something more shocking: The only baseball card I ever had as a kid (besides the Bo Jackson one I got in a Cheerios box, but that doesn't count) was a Mookie Wilson baseball card. I was totally obsessed with it. It was kept at my grandparent's house with the rest of the toys we played with when we went over there and it was always the first thing I took out. And I would play with a baseball card - you know, move it around as if Mookie Wilson was a 3-D figurine - Mookie crosses the sea of carpet, Mookie on the coffee table, Mookie climbs the stairs which are really mountains, etc etc. From time to time I would say stuff like "remember my Mookie Wilson baseball card?" and my parents would always be like "yeah, I don't really know WHY you liked that so much" but being good parents they were never like 'HOW COULD YOU LIKE THAT TRAITOR B*TCH!" (although honestly, it's not Mookie's fault Buckner was an asshat - who let's the ball go through their legs??! I can talk about this reasonably now because 1. the Red Sox broke the curse and 2. we currently have the best record in baseball. yeah it's early, but I'm being optimistic, we could crash like last year) They just encouraged me to love my baseball card. I wish after all this time, I had kept it.
Anyways, when I read up on Mookie Wilson and recalled my obsession with his baseball card, it gets me wondering - was my obsession with the one single baseball card I owned a foreshadowing of the future?? You can laugh all you want, but I must point this out: I love a black man who is a Mets fan. Maybe it was my subconcious love for Mookie that drew me to Jamaal. Maybe looking at that single baseball card all those impressionable years made an imprint on my mind - the imprint of a "perfect man" hahahahahhahaha, cause I loved me some Mookie Wilson...either way, Jam, I think we should track him down and thank him one of these days, LOL.