Notes from the Comissioner: Expect the Unexpected
Over the four decades I have attended RBI Club meetings, I have learned one thing for certain: expect the unexpected.
I’ve been to a lunch when Rick Griffin invited his Rangers counterpart to join us; when George Brett sang praises of the Mariners and Seattle and then flipped to his game face – explaining how his team was going to run over, around, and through our guys because they were standing between the Royals and post season play; when the O’Brien boys made our members laugh so hard they literally wiped tears from their eyes during the O’Briens’ road trip stories from their Pirates playing days; and when John Miller painted a picture of life in the Kingdome from the perspective of a visiting broadcaster.
May 9, I am expecting the unexpected. Our guest speaker is Rusty Kuntz. At every level of amateur and professional baseball, he’s seen and heard it all. He’s been to the World Series and he’s lasted through incredibly long losing streaks. He’s hit fungos for young prospects, wanna-be young prospects (aka RBI Club members back in our Kingdome days), and baseball legends such as Edgar Martinez, Jay Buhner, and Ken Griffey, Jr.
Additionally, we’ll be joined by Chuck Armstrong and Aaron Goldsmith. Chuck is another baseball aficionado and will introduce Rusty. Aaron is a member of the Mariners broadcast team and will emcee the event.
Don’t say you weren’t warned in advance. I’m expecting the unexpected.