Garrett Mock Has an Interesting Grandma
So I was talking to Nats righty Garrett Mock yesterday about his offseason pursuits, and he mentioned that he had done some outdoors stuff. This was at the end of a longish and thoroughly entertaining conversation about youth baseball and fatherhood, and now he had to go sign autographs, but he mentioned that his 13-month old would also be exposed to the outdoor life.
"I'm gonna do the same thing that my father did with me and my brother," Mock said. "We're gonna be outdoor people, same thing, hunting, fishing, all that kind of stuff."
So before he left, I asked what was the biggest thing he'd ever killed.
"I shot an elk in my first offseason for my 21st birthday," he said. "My grandparents are unbelievable...[they] always do something special for the 21st birthday. They took one grandkid gambling, another one they helped him get a down payment on a car he wanted. For me, because I had just signed and I'm bouncing all over the place, they snagged me and said, 'Let's go hunting.' so I went and shot an elk....Then we went camping in the woods."
Which seemed interesting. Because I've done lots of stuff with my grandma--we've gone to Civil War battlefields and shopping malls, we've visited bowling alleys and mini-golf courses; we've eaten at the Olive Garden and at the Double-T Diner--but I can't seem to recall ever having gone elk-hunting.
"You don't usually hear about grandmas elk hunting," I noted.
"My grandma's a maniac," he responded.
At this point, Nats beat writer Chico Harlan entered the room, and I got him up to speed on Mock's grandma. "Does she just attempt, or does she gun them down?" Chico asked.
"No, my grandparents don't go huntin'," Mock explained. "They go killin'. I mean, they're not the kind of people that try stuff. They do stuff."
His grandpa, he said, can run circles around him. His grandma, he told us, recently collected a whole bunch of deer horns of all sizes and shapes and made a table. "Out of nothing but deer horns." Also, his grandma wrote a novel called "Sid," after the lead character, whose name is Sidney. "It's pretty heaty, too," he told us.
"How old is your grandmother," asked one of the Nats' PR folks, who likely had never supervised an interview about senior citizen killing elk and writing romance novels.
"She's ageless," Mock said. "She's looked the same since I was born."
As for the elk, Mock's was 5 by 5, a "pretty big ol' boy" with one tine a little messed up. His grandparents did better. The one [they] shot," he said, "was a frickin' monster."
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