Sunday, April 18, 2010

Bike guy

After years of simply being a bike geek, it’s nice to know that riding to work year-round can buy a guy a little athletic credibility, even if it’s undeserved.

People in the building where I work have been organizing a summer softball team. After sending a mass e-mail to everyone in the joint, one of the women behind this project called me personally to ask if I planned to play. I politely declined, while withholding my low opinion of a game that progresses at a glacial pace, is excruciatingly boring to watch, and often involves people wearing funny pants. (As a mountain biker, the last thing I need is another sport that’s boring to watch and involves people wearing funny pants.)

I was chatting with this same woman a few days ago when she laughed and informed me that a number of people on the floor below mine had been asking “if the bike guy is going to play.” Given they don’t know my name, and therefore couldn’t be interested in my charming personality, I suspect they believe that someone who rides so much is sufficiently athletic to get past first base. (Which, come to think of it, is sort of the same lie I told myself in high school.)

Unfortunately, I’m about as skilled at any form of baseball as I am at open-heart surgery. Which is to say that if I end up on a team, things are going to get ugly and people are going to regret letting me be involved.

I appreciate the invitation, but I’ll let everyone else spend the summer playing with their balls. We'll all be better off if I simply remain “the bike guy.”

8 comments:

m e l i g r o s a said...

great post :D je jeeee

bikegirl said...

good decision to not play. I know someone who was injured playing softball & couldn't mtn bike for most of the season a couple years ago!

suggest bike polo instead. nobody ever gets injured!

Sabinna said...

No hands. . . I think cricket may be one of the slowest games ever, not that I really understand it. . .

WheelDancer said...

Funny pants yes but don't forget the tap shoes...

saved by biking said...

be nice, smokers need a sport too

Notorious T said...

Touché, Tony.

ChrisCampuzano said...

thank you for you to make me learn more,thank you∩0∩ ........................................

Bluenoser said...

I played the game, they lose, they all get mad at each other, they all get injured, and the only plus is they sometimes get drunk after each game.

-B