I had an interview on Wednesday for an Internet marketing job in San Carlos, California, which meant another chance to talk baseball.
My interviewer was a Pittsburgh Pirates fan, who looked to be about 40, give or take. He thought I might not be familiar with the teams of his era. No bother: I named Willie Stargell, Manny Sanguillen and Danny Murtaugh. I briefly described Steve Blass Disease, which I wrote about here in August, an affliction named for a Pirates starter of the early 1970s who, for no clear reason, lost his ability to pitch. My interviewer and I of course discussed how Pittsburgh has struggled since 1992. And I mentioned “Chicken on the Hill with Will.”
Allow me to explain that last thing.
When I was growing up, one of my friends, Alec, had family from the Pittsburgh area. Alec’s mom told me that Pirates great and future Hall of Famer Stargell had a restaurant and whenever he would homer, everyone in the restaurant got free chicken. I never knew for sure if this was legit, though I just did a Google search and saw a reference to it on Stargell’s Wikipedia page. Talk about happier times in Pittsburgh– a restaurant could stockpile a warehouse with unused chicken if it tried a promotion for the current Pirates.
Anyhow, I discussed Stargell and more with my interviewer. For all that we talked baseball, though, he seemed most impressed with the fact that I could name all four members of The Beatles. I have a follow-up interview set for Monday afternoon.
(Postscript: He hired me)