Rob Dibble's Posterior Tattoo
For the third time this week, let me write these words: you have to keep watching this baseball team every night because of the chance that you'll see something the universe has never seen before.
Today, of course, it was Joel Hanrahan getting a win thanks to a run scored by a dude he was traded for. Also, for the second time in the Nats' last three (completed) games, a pitcher got a win without throwing a pitch on the night he got the win. That has to be the first time in world history that's happened, at any level of baseball.
But the other thing about the Nats' broadcasts is that you're likely to hear something the universe has never heard before. This transcript from tonight's game is courtesy of @kevin_reiss. And I realize this Dibble g-string story is not a new one (see the extended back story here, and yes, I just wrote "back story," and see a possible photo of the rear tattoo right here, via comments) but I don't know that it's ever been told quite like this.
The setup: Top 5th. Aflac trivia question is something like "Scott Rolen has a 25-game hitting streak. Who are the other two players with longer hit streaks this season?"
Bob Carpenter: There was a hitting streak that ended on June 3rd in the American League. And it is the kind of hitter that you would expect to have a long hitting streak.
Rob Dibble: Ichiro!
Carpenter: Cha-ching! Tell him what he won, Johnny.
Dibble: [Draws in breath] I'll show you sometime what you win when you lose a bet. [Laughs]
Carpenter: [Quietly] Or not.
Dibble: OK, you carry Ichiro's initials around on your butt the rest of your life.
Dibble: You never heard that bet that I lost?
Dibble: Yeah, when he first came over here I was poppin' off on another radio show about 'Oh, he's not gonna be good, blah blah blah, our pitchers are gonna be better than him.' And he went out and got 242 hits, hit .350, won the batting crown, was Rookie of the Year. So, I lost the bet and now I have Ichiro's name and number tattooed on my butt in Japanese. And I had to run around Times Square in a g-string.
Carpenter: Oh, please.
Dibble: Now, to finish that story, though. It was after 9/11...
Carpenter: You're gonna finish that story?
Dibble: After 9/11, and I met with the police commissioners on the bet. And because they wanted some levity, they wanted me to honor that bet, because I was on radio in New York at the time, and they were very happy to have me run around Times Square in December with nothing but a g-string.
Carpenter: Oh, my. I'm so glad we took a warm weather vacation that year.
Dibble: [Laughs] That's great.
Carpenter: [Chuckles] Daddy, who's that? That's my future partner, dear.
Dibble: All I remember about that though, running around Times Square, was the two Japanese film crews, one from Fuji TV, one from HKTV or whatever over there, one guy fell down running backwards trying to film the whole thing. And at the All-Star Game that year Ichiro said, 'I will be proud to win that bet' in Japanese to me. So, I was like 'Oh, no.'
Carpenter: [Chuckling] Well, you're a stand up guy.
Dibble: Hey, I like to pay off my bets.
Carpenter: Something happened to Pudge Rodriguez, maybe his mitt or part of his equipment.
Dibble: Maybe he got something in his eye.
Carpenter: Trainer coming out.
Dibble: Maybe he got something in his eye. Maybe he wears tight contacts and maybe it popped out.
[Rodriguez points to his jaw]
Dibble: Maybe it's his jaw.
[Rodriguez points to his left jawbone]
Carpenter: Pointing to his left jawbone.
Dibble: OK, have you ever cracked your jawbone?
Carpenter: I have not.
Dibble: That's maybe what happened.
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