Turns out I should start taking my own advice. I’ve preached the value of being honest during my Talk Sporty to Me happy hours. “Don’t lie about what you know or don’t know,” I say. That would have been a good thing to remember a couple days ago.
I was out wine-tasting on my day off, and a couple baseball fans recognized me from the Mariners pre and post game shows. They struck up a quick conversation and asked who was pitching for the Mariners that night. At that moment, my mind went blank. “Uh…uh…. Um…” was the only thing going through my mind. One of the fans offered up a name. “Jason Vargas?” he said. “There you go,” was my only reply. Satisfied, they told me to enjoy the rest of my evening and we went our separate ways. Fifteen minutes later, I realized I’d made a mistake. It wasn’t Vargas but Doug Fister pitching for the Mariners that night. It made my stomach sink to realize that I gave the fans the wrong answer, and it was even worse knowing I could have prevented the whole thing by following my own advice.
If I didn’t know the answer, I should have said. “You know, it’s my day off and I’m not really thinking about the Mariners today. What do you think about the game tonight?” Or I could have said “Maybe it’s the wine, but my mind went blank. I can’t remember who’s pitching, do you remember?” Both of those responses would have been honest answers, that still would have led to polite conversation – and saved me some embarrassment. Maybe now I’ll remember to follow my own advice.
Conversations starters this week –
Did you hear LeBron James joined twitter?
When do you think the Mariners will deal Cliff Lee. There’s lots of rumors flying around.