When you're a Big League Steward, you get a lot of emails from people requesting your investigative skills. What's with those rope necklaces? Does Brian Wilson(notes) dye his beard? You know, pretty easy stuff where both the questions and answers are usually obvious.
On Sunday night, though, I got the most random request for information ever and it's too funny not to share with the entire congregation. The text of the letter is below and the message came packaged with the screen cap posted above.
"Hello! I am hoping you can help me out. My son and I spotted what appears to be a dummy with a wig in the first row behind the Giants Bullpen during the sixth inning of game one. With two outs, Fox cut to a shot of the Giants bullpen and behind the pitcher warming up, to the right of the screen is a dummy with a wig wearing what looks like press credentials around his neck. We slowed the scene down to see if it blinks, moves or twitches and we can say with out a doubt it does not. Everyone else in the shot moves in some way or another.
"We must find out why someone would place a dummy in what must be a $1,000 seat at a World Series game. If you have any info we would greatly appreciate the help. If you do not know could kindly post something on your blog to see if anyone out there knows what this is? ... Thanks for understanding such an odd request but in the spirit of fun we really like to find the answer."
So, uh, yeah.
First off, I gotta say that if you want to sic Big League Stew on the case, you have to be a bit more timely with your questions. This happened during in Wednesday's Game 1, when I was in San Francisco and able to ramble down the steps at AT&T Park and hold a mirror under this guy's nose to see if he had a soul. I didn't get the request until during Sunday's Game 4 at Rangers Ballpark in Texas, a place where I usually don't keep my time traveling machine.
I also have to say that I'm pretty sure that's a dude in a Brian Wilson T-shirt who just happens to be wearing a certain Guy Smiley look as Santiago Casilla(notes) warms up in the bullpen. I'm also guessing that he's not going to be happy when he sees someone thought he was only a way for the blonde lady to skirt the carpool lane rules on the way to the game.
But, yeah, in the spirit of fun, does anyone agree with our emailer of the year?
Or have any info on the dude in question?
UPDATE: David Arnott of the Sporting News points out in an astute email that we can use MLB.com's Gigapan Feature to look at the person at another point in the game
Verdict: He's a man, baby!