With all due credit to Sarah Silverman for the blog entry title (which, I may add, is my text message alert tone on my phone and I never get sick of it) …
I am down here in Birmingham, Alabama, which is perhaps best known (to me, at least) as the home of my alltime favorite “American Idol” champion, Ruben Studdard.
It’s also the summer home of David Cook. No, not THAT David Cook. But rather the David Cook who is tearing it up playing outfield for the Birmingham Barons, the White Sox Double-A affiliate.
I’ve actually been following THIS David Cook since I met him in the visitors’ dugout in Frederick back in 2006. I may be one of the few people not related to Cook that, when I saw there was an American Idol contestant named David Cook, I thought “hey, like the White Sox outfield prospect!”
So though I felt like a dork doing it, I took the opportunity this afternoon to chat a bit with Baseball Cookie about AI, his doppelganger (doppelnamer?) oh, yes, and baseball.
Turns out that Cook stopped watching AI pretty much after Season 2 and, like me, his favorite winner was also Ruben Studdard (Ruben, if you’re reading this, I think you should come sing the anthem one evening at Regions Park and meet your fan while you’re here!)
And he figured out that he might have a “name twin” one evening when some heckler yelled at him “Go back to American Idol, Cook!”
While it’s hard to duplicate the current professional success that Singing Cookie is having right now (even though I think he’s kind of yarly), Baseball Cookie is doing pretty well himself.
He was leading the Minors in walks with 46 and fifth in the Minors in on-base average at .466, with a .314 average, 10 homers and 23 RBIs. He was among the Southern League leaders in several key categories and leading the Barons in just about everything.
A product of the midwest, Cook hails from Columbus, Ohio, and came to the White Sox by way of Miami University (an outstanding liberal arts college not to be confused with the more baseball-related University of Miami).
Right now (6:49 p.m. Central Time) I have no idea if I’m going to get to see Cookie rake tonight, or even draw a few walks. Because it’s me and I’m on the road, it is, of course, raining in Birmingham (the usual weather forecast for me is 20 percent of rain, 100 percent chance of rain within 100 yards of Lisa).
However, they are even as we speak (in a cyber sort of way) taking the tarp off the field … let’s get ready to crummmmmmmmmmmmbbbbbbbbbbble!!!