I can already hear the skeptics: What do I have in common with George Brett? Quite a lot actually. We are close in age (he’s got a year on me), and we both held our jobs for a long time–Brett employed by the Kansas City Royals for 20 years and me employed by myself for 25 years. Although I have not been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, nor was I the American League’s Most Valuable Player, 12-time All Star, and Gold Glove winner, I have won quite a few trophies in volleyball which are proudly displayed in my office.
But there’s a more important similarity I haven’t even talked about yet. We’ve both injured ourselves watching television. I hurt my knee, as described in most vivid fashion in yesterday’s post,whereas Brett spent 19 games on the disabled list in June 1983 “with a broken toe suffered while striking a door jam when rushing to watch Bill Buckner on TV.”
So there are at least two important lessons to be drawn here. One, as stated yesterday, is that “TV viewing may be hazardous to your health.” The second is that the George Brett and I have quite a bit in common.