Continuing with the baseball theme now that the season has come to an end for those of us on the outside looking in, here's the Nashville Scene's Bruce Berry on a recent dinner conversation he had with Salman Rushdie:
Then the conversation meandered in a far more provocative direction, when after being asked how he likes living in New York City, Rushdie let it slip that he's become an ardent Yankee fan. I challenged him: surely a newcomer to the politics of Big Apple baseball, one known worldwide for speaking truth to tyrannical power, would easily prefer the underdogs in Queens to the totalitarians (indeed, the "bombers") in the Bronx. "I like the overdog," Rushdie replied with an impish grin.
Having discovered that he was sitting across the table from not one but two lifelong Mets fans (the other a faculty colleague who had spent formative years in New Jersey), Rushdie went into crosstown taunt mode. He pulled out his Treo and fired up its browser, throwing us a mischievous look as he oh-so-diplomatically proposed that we "have a look at how those Mets are doing tonight, shall we?" Trailing Florida 7-4 in the seventh, Rushdie informed us with glee only marginally in check. "And shall we check in to see how those Phillies are doing? Ah, the city of brotherly love." Phils winning handily. The Yankees, he assured us, were above the fray, safely ensconsed in the playoffs, and what pity he took on those who choose to suffer with the Mets year after year rather than jump on board with those pinstriped winners who play in such a nicer ballpark up on the Bronx. Ever the gentleman and scholar, Rushdie thoughtfully left his Treo on the table at the ready so that he could update us on the tragic doings at Shea periodically through the rest of the meal.
"What a poor misguided literary genius," I thought after saying our goodnights and heading home.