In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Interview.”
If there is one baseball player from the old days I would give just about anything to interview, it’d be one of the most respected baseball players of all time, Babe Ruth. The hall of famer totaled over 700 home runs, and sat at the top of the all-time home run list until Hank Aaron broke his record in 1974.
Ruth played back in the days where pitchers could easily go nine innings, and still throw their best stuff late in the game. Some would argue that the Babe’s career — especially his 1919 season when he hit 29 home runs — signaled the end of the “dead ball era.”
If I could sit down with the Babe, I’d ask him about his home runs, but more than that, I would ask him about his switch from pitching to being the most feared hitter in the game. I’d ask him about his days hanging out around Yankee Stadium, and what it meant to be “The Pride of the Yankees.”
Most of all, I’d ask him how it felt to be shipped off from Boston to New York back in 1919 after the season. I’d ask him how it felt to win world championships in Boston in 1915 and 1916, then be sent down to New York and the Yankees.
I would love to hear his prospective on what has happened now — with his name being synonymous with Boston’s World Series drought for 86 years before their title in 2004, and I would love to hear his thoughts on knowing that his trade became the basis for what many argue is the greatest rivalry in sports.
More than all the questions I have for the Babe, I would really just like to spend time with him, and get to know him. I’d like to see his charitable outreach with the young kids around he was famous for, and of course I’d love to see that sweet swing that ruled the majors for so long.