Caron at T.G.I. Friday's
Some blogs have made their mark with pictures of famous professional athlete doing borderline inappropriate things with comely young ladies in social settings. This blog is in the process of trying to make its mark with pictures of famous professional athletes awkwardly posed with excited young men at large retail outlets.
Sound familiar? Yeah, I wrote those words yesterday, after posting a photo of John Park Williams and Clinton Portis at the Verizon Wireless store in Tysons. Two days before that, it was Eric Young and Gilbert Arenas at PF Chang's. And then--will wonders never cease--I received this tale from "Danny from Vienna," accompanied by the best photo of the series thus far. Someone tell me if these start to become photoshopped, but I really want this to be real. Oh, and e-mail me your best candid shots with D.C. sports icons, please.
Anyhow, Danny's story dates from late April, Game 4, Wizards vs. Cavs. Delonte West, you might remember, leveled the Wiz with a late-game dagger. I think any D.C. sports fan must have been feeling a bit down just then. Danny and his depressed friends sought refuge at the T.G.I. Friday's in Tysons, which offers a Sunday night happy hour. His full tale is after the jump; I can't possibly tell it better than he did. And I'm serious, keep sending these to me.
By Danny Suk
Right when we sat down, I see Caron Butler strolling towards the AMC movie theater with a couple of his boys (we sat in the open bar area). I yell out "Hey Caron!" He looked over and waved at our table before he made his way inside the theater to watch "Harold and Kumar 2." Actually, I don't know what movie he saw, but I'm guessing he had to watch something to cheer him up after such a devastating loss. What better than Harold and Kumar?
Anyways, I was upset that I didn't get to take a picture with him. So I decided right then and there to wait at T.G.I. Friday's until Caron comes out of the theater. I didn't care if that meant downing 10 Miller Lites and gaining eight pounds from eating chicken fingers while waiting for Caron's movie to end, I was determined to take a picture with him.
About two hours later (the rest of the mall was closed so it was pretty empty), I see Caron and his boys walk out of the AMC and head toward the exits on the other side from where we were sitting. After wiping honey mustard sauce off my face and trying to gain my balance, I sprint across the food court yelling "Caron! Hey Caron!" I think he was weirded out and a bit frightened from seeing this drunk Asian boy running towards him. Luckily, he stops and waits. Our conversation (from what I recall) went like this:
Me: "Do you mind if I take a picture with you?"
Caron (utterly frightened at this point): "Uhh, sure."
Me (to no one in particular while posing): "Tough Juice! My favorite player!"
After taking the picture:
Me: "Make sure you guys get a win in Cleveland and come back to D.C. for Game 6!"
Caron (chuckling to himself): "Yeah."
Even after such a bad loss, he took the time time to take a picture with me. Nice guy. Of course, I had to ruin the picture by looking as Asian as possible with my peace sign.
July 3, 2008; 9:41 AM ET
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