Saturday 9: Sweet Caroline

Sweet_Caroline_coverWelcome to Saturday: 9. What we’ve committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do “random questions,” so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don’t have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today’s meme!

Saturday 9: Sweet Caroline

The idea for this came from Harriet, who suggested the baseball theme.

1) “Sweet Caroline” has been sung during every Boston Red Sox home game since the 1990s. (Click here to watch Neil Diamond lead the fans in the first game after April’s bombing.) Do you know the words well enough to sing along?
Unfortunately not! I just know “Sweet Caroline” and mumble the rest of the chorus, hahaha.

2) Do you have a favorite major league baseball team?
I’m not from the US but I watch the major league via ESPN on cable TV. Atlanta Braves and Arizona Diamondbacks were my fave teams in the late 90s.

3) Budweiser is the “official beer of major league baseball.” Do you reach for a cold beer on a hot summer day?
No. Always a cold glass or can of Coca Cola. I know, boring, eh?

4) Every season, more than a million Vienna Beef Hot Dogs are consumed by baseball fans at Chicago’s Wrigley Field. When you get a hot dog, what do you put on it?
Oooh. Lots of extras – mayo, mustard, onions, cheese, etc., and not to forget the hot Tabasco sauce. Yum.

5) The odds of a fan in the stands being hit by a baseball are 300,000 to 1. The odds of winning the lottery are (approximately) 1 in 12,000,000. Do you play the lottery?

6) Though his song has been adopted by faithful Boston Red Sox fans, Neil Diamond was born and raised in New York City. Have you ever visited The Big Apple?
Nope. Not yet, anyway 🙂

7) Baseball players are notoriously superstitious. For example, the Cubs’ Matt Garza eats Popeye’s fried chicken every day that he pitches. Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio touched second base with his foot every time he ran on or off the field. Do you have any superstitions?
Yes, I do. I’m Asian, after all. Always wear something nice (and preferably with polka dots) during the New Year. Prepare round fruits of different kinds, also a NY superstition. Both the polka dots and round fruits represent prosperity (money). There are lots more.

8) A ball signed by Babe Ruth can fetch tens of thousands of dollars at auction. Have you ever asked a celebrity for his/her autograph?
If and when I meet my favourite tennis player, Rafael Nadal, I’m definitely going to ask for his autograph and a photo with him.

9) Baseball means summer and summer means sun. Are you working on a tan, or do you slather on the sunscreen?
I am naturally tan, to be honest.

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