Monday, April 7, 2008

Ladies & Gentlemen, Your Mensch Of The Week

Every now and then, someone from Rickey’s walks of life does something so inspiring and flat out nifty that we feel downright compelled to include them in our periodically published “Mensch of the Week” column. Today is one such day and your aforementioned mensch is a coworker of Rickey’s named Fletcher. What did this fellow do to earn such a highly prestigious (read: inconsequential) honor? Well, friend, we’ll tell you: he will be singing the National Anthem at Shea Stadium with his barbershop quartet sometime this season. Let’s repeat that: a buddy of Rickey’s named Fletch (best name ever) is in a barbershop quartet (best form of music group ever) and will be singing the National Anthem at a Mets (best baseball team ever) home game in 2008. The guy auditioned at Shea last week and the officials there most likely thought something along the lines of “screw all these American Idol wannabes, we’re going with the goddamned barbershop quartet!” and wisely chose his barbershop quartet over an insipid Kelly Clarkson clone, thereby completely defying conventional expectations. A YouTube video of their audition at Shea can be found hither (the audio is a little garbled, but you get a good idea of how much they rocked). Well done Fletch, well done indeed. Rickey salutes you and assures you that your complimentary ten pounds of assorted smoked fish are in the mail, courtesy of RwR.

And in other news... HOLY FUCKING SHIT! We don't have the time to weigh in on the ramifications of this at the moment, but rest assured, a full blown press release on the matter is forthcoming.

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9 comments:

Smitty said...

I knew you'd be famous some day, and not "cover-of-Time-with-a-mugshot" famous, but this particular kind of famous. I am so proud to be a drooling sycophant.

AmyV said...

I'm sure your friend is perfectly lovely, but the name Fletch causes a Pavlovian reaction of nausea in yours truly. Hard to completely explain, but it involves a 12-hour flight from Israel to New York, eight hours of motion sickness (only time in my life, thank goodness) and an in-flight movie starring Chevy Chase.

Toasty Joe said...

If I worked with a guy named Fletch, I would spend every five minutes asking if he's seen that pederast Hannerhan lately.

Rickey Henderson said...

Smitty: no worries, Rickey's still well one track to be famous for having his image appear on the nightly news for exposing himself in the greenhouse of Home Depot.

Amy: You'd better not let Fletch hear you say that, he'll bring the pain.

Toasty: A capitol idea. This Rickey needs to start doing pronto.

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Alex L said...

Sounds like you 15 minutes has been extended.

Ed the Gent said...

Fantastic news. Well-deserved, too.

Seems like this is an occasion for a Rick-Roll, which may very well be a regular occurrence in Shea this year:

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/ny-limets0408,0,245870.story

EtG

Rickey Henderson said...

And yet, that would still be an improvement over Sweet Caroline...

Rickey wonders: why is the reporter interviewing a Yankee fan in that story about a possible 8th inning songs for the Mets?

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