As a White Sox fan, I only wish Ernie Banks hit some of those 512 homers at Comiskey Park instead of Wrigley Field. If he had played for those strong Sox teams in the 50s and 60s, he definitely wouldn’t have gone his own career without playing in a World Series.
Of course, everyone knows Banks as “Mr. Cub.” Well, almost everyone.
Apparently, NPR’s Ari Shapiro needs to brush up on his baseball history. Mark Memmot wrote the mea culpa on NPR’s site.
The words were barely out of our friend and correspondent mouth just after 7:30 a.m. ET this morning when the phones started ringing and emails started arriving.
Among those receiving at the White House, Ari said on the NPR Newscast, would be baseball legend Ernie Banks.
Then Ari got into trouble. Banks, he said, “played for the Chicago White Sox, President Obama’s favorite baseball team.”
Error on Ari.
Cubs fans weren’t amused.
Emails filled our inboxes. Here’s a sampling:
— “Ernie Banks played for the Chicago White Sox??? Next NPR newsflash: Derek Jeter named captain of the Boston Red Sox.”
— “Isn’t it bad enough that Cubs fans have had virtually nothing else to cheer about in over 100 years besides being Ernie Banks’s team, and now this!”
— “Tragedy struck today at around 7:30 EST … across the nation Cubs fans’ heads suddenly exploded.”