I shared some of this on the old board, but I don't mind repeating if y'all don't mind re-hearing.
I volunteered for over 10 years for a local charity that does a lot of work for the Braves. Two autumns ago, I was working a golf tournament and had the most live one-on-one time with players and coaches that I'd ever had in the past.
I was assigned to the hole-in-one contest hole on the course (hole #3, if you care). If you got a hole-in-one on #3 you won a little roadster-looking golf cart. It was pretty cute! So here are some of the people there that day...
John Schuerholz -- He was very friendly! Read my name tag, said, "Hi Lauren, I'm John Schuerholz. Thanks for being here." and shook my hand. Of course, I had to thank HIM for being there and bringing in so much $$ for the charity.
Charlie Liebrandt -- Standoffish. Had a GPS thingie that he used to estimate how far away the pin was. Much taller than I expected.
Joe Simpson -- Also standoffish and taller than expected (probably 6'3" or taller). Has extraordinarily long, thin legs.
Alejandro Pena -- Friendly, could tell I recognized him.
Gerald Perry -- Funny, very nice, wore a backwards newsboy cap instead of a baseball cap.
Ron Gant -- Simply adorable! Great smile, great build (his arms are totally cut), wearing a pretty light periwinkle golf shirt. Got friendlier as the team teed off, so by the end we were having a nice little chat.
Bobby Cox! -- Looks more like a bulldog in real life than on TV, if you can believe it. Good golfer, very nice. I told him I was sorry to see his 15-year streak of winning seasons end that year, and he looked very surprised that I knew that off the top of my head. He thanked me and said, "we'll do better next year." He has TERRIBLE teeth.
Chris Chambliss -- Neither nice nor standoffish -- just didn't seem to see us or care that we were standing there, but not in an "I'm actively ignoring you" way like Charlie Liebrandt and Joe Simpson.
Jeff Francoeur! -- Ultra friendly, very handsome in person. I took a picture of him with the other volunteer with me, and I thought she was going to die because when she sat beside him in the golf cart, he hugged her really close and she put her hand on his knee. She asked him about getting married (he said the plans were for next off-season) and I congratulated him on having such a good year. I saw him and Mac drive up in a burgundy Honda Accord. Stylin'!
They came in together, almost an hour after registration started, and F literally looked like he rolled out of bed and drove up there! The first thing he asked when he was finished registering is if there was any food! Ha, he's such a boy.
Glenn Hubbard -- Ignored me on the course, but smiled and waved and smiled at me at the cart return area. Weird.
Brian McCann! -- (I'm cutting out all the description of his clothes, since y'all don't care. Except, he was wearing Georgia State University cap -- that was funny, since that's just a local state school and he's never been to college.) As he approached the tee box, the HoG photographer asked him if he could get a picture of Mac with "the volunteers". Mac said, "Of course," and walked over to me (making eye contact the whole way -- eeeee! Eye contact!) and held out his hand and said, "Hi, I'm Brian". (Of course you are!) Not bad hands -- smoother than I'd expect, but not like they'd been manicured, either. I introduced myself, shook his hand, and he turned a little to the other lady, shook her hand and just said, "Nice to meet you," then turned around and put his arm around me and pulled me in a little closer for the picture. I put my arm around his waist, and holy crap, did he smell nice. He put his other arm around the other lady, but she didn't reciprocate. He played with the prize golf cart a little too, and told us to "tell Jeff he can't fit in this...you know, Jeff Francoeur?". The end of that kind of trailed off a little, because the other lady became That Girl who's all, "Oh yes trust me I know Jeff Francoeur he's my favorite player and he should be coming up in two turns he's so handsome!!!!11!!!1!" (Which was funny, because she went a little bonkers and also funny that Mac would tell us to say that to Frenchy, since they were practically the same size at the time.) In between players, I told him, "You had an amazing season," and he looked a little embarrassed and thanked me, so I didn't say anything else. I wanted to say something about the Silver Slugger, but didn't want to be That Obnoxious Girl Who Wouldn't Stop Talking And Staring. His shot was the second-closest to the pin, and was the best at this point in the day (Frenchy came up after him). Also, he started at hole #16. How fitting!
Greg McMichael -- Smiled patronizingly at us, then ignored us.
Ernie Johnson, Sr. -- Recognized his voice but didn't recognize his face. He was just a friendly old man who was hitting on my counterpart.
Kyle Davies -- TV is good to him. He's not as handsome in person, and he was dipping. He actually spit just a few inches from my foot. Not cool. Just as standoffish as Charlie and Joe.
Terry Pendleton -- Filled in for a no-show and was an absolutely hilarious guy! He has HUGE arms (got a 2XL shirt and needed it!) and is shorter than I thought (probably 5'7"?). He made a lot of small talk with me (the other volunteer wasn't there yet) and when he asked what he had to do to win the little roadster, I told him that it was really based on my word and that I was taking bribes, with a little wink. He clapped really loud, laughed, and asked who had bribed me the most so far. I told him Schuerholz, and...I can't remember the next part of the conversation, but somehow we got to the point where he said that Schuerholz had better offer him a lot of money the next week! Then he said something about needing character references, and I told him I'd been watching him for a long time and he should have Schuerholz call me. He cracked up at that too, pointed at me and said to a teammate, "I like this girl." Really, such a nice man.
That's all from that day.
Who's next? Anyone want to talk about their run-in with Yunie?