A Drunken Wade Boggs Channels Garth Brooks (w/ VIDEO)
Let's face it, there's only so many different angles you can take with analysis of a football game over the course of seven days. I'm a little Texan-ed out at this point, and besides, I won't have anything more intelligent to say about the game at this point than Ben DuBose's stellar recipe for an upset from earlier today on this blog.
So let's head into the weekend on a high note (no pun intended) with Wade Boggs channeling Garth Brooks at some outdoor bar in the Florida Keys!
First, a little back story on Boggs. Baseball fans are very familiar with the Hall of Famer who is best remembered for the following:
1. A .328 career batting average, 3,010 career hits, five batting titles, 12 All-Star appearances, eight Silver Slugger awards and one World Series title. Basically, Boggs could have his own version of the "12 Days of Christmas" if he wanted.
2. A steamy four-year affair with a California mortgage broker named Margo Adams that went public in 1989, and gave us a tell-all interview in Penthouse with Adams and a rebuttal interview on 20/20 conducted by Barbara Walters with Boggs. (I'll let you guess which interview I consumed.)
3. A propensity for performing every inane superstition under the sun, including eating chicken before every game, running wind sprints at 7:17 every night and drawing a Hebrew "chai" symbol in the dirt before each at-bat.
4. His participation in the famous "Homer at the Bat" episode of The Simpsons, which was one of the most popular episodes in the history of the program and the first one to beat The Cosby Show head-to-head in the ratings.
5. His participation in one of the classic WWE Mr. Perfect vignettes. Boggs would eventually go on to induct Perfect into the WWE Hall of Fame posthumously in 2007.
6. Hitting a home run for his 3,000th career hit (the first ever to do so) and then basically getting on his knees and French kissing home plate after he ran around the bases.
7. Drinking 72 beers on a cross-country flight, a story that has become legendary as time has gone by. Asked specifically about it, Boggs doesn't confirm the number, but instead says that it was "a few Miller Lites."
8. Fake hair!
Now we can add "drunken country music singer" to this eclectic mix. This took place in Florida with a musician named Dangerous Dave Merrill (not sure if I'm supposed to know who he is). The parts of this video that I think you will enjoy the most, in chronological order:
0:10 -- Boggs appears to be singing inside some sort of closet or expanded phone booth. I believe this was done because of some shaky wet weather, but I'd like to think that someone convinced Boggs that the closet was a studio and that he was actually recording a real album. His intensity would seem to imply that is the case.
0:35 -- "..but I'll never hear you complaaaiiin!!" The first of many lyrical gaffes.