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The Curious Case of Sidd Finch

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Moderator1, Apr 1, 2015.

  1. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Just because. In my mind, the best April Fool's Day story ever.

    The Curious Case Of Sidd Finch - MLB - SI.com

    I remember when it came out trying to convince my brother-in-law it wasn't real. Circle the first letter of the first 18 words.

    Great stuff. Carry on
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2015
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  2. Vombatus

    Vombatus Well-Known Member

    I believed it. It was SI, how could it not be true? My dad called bullshit. Later on, we heard about the first letters.

    Score one for dad.
  3. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    "Tqitotsftswjtdscch." *

    * -- Of course, you meant the first letter of the first 18 words. Just having some fun with ya.
  4. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    It was a test to see who was really paying attention. You passed.
  5. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

  6. joe king

    joe king Active Member

    And this is true even though I didn't notice the first-letter thing.
  7. Rhody31

    Rhody31 Well-Known Member

    Whats the first letter thing? Because I'm not picking up on it at all.
  8. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    Love the appearance in the SI story of Roscoe Tanner, who once stole a girlfriend from me. #Humbleheartbreakbrag
  9. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    The subhead spells out "H-A-P-P-Y A-P-R-I-L F-O-O-L-S D-A-Y — A-H F-I-B."

    He's a pitcher, part yogi and part recluse. Impressively liberated from our opulent life-style, Sidd's deciding about yoga—and his future in baseball.
  10. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    How have you read this thread and not picked up on it?
  11. Rhody31

    Rhody31 Well-Known Member

    That makes way more sense. I was reading the text and was totally confused.
  12. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    It's been a while since I've read it, but I seem to remember in "The Franchise," Michael MacCambridge's (excellent, by the way) history of SI, that not only did a lot of Mets fans fall for it, but some opposing teams and a couple of newspapers actually did, too.

    EDIT: Found this in a 2005 NYT story:

    "When Sports Illustrated hit the newsstands several days before the April 1 cover date, "The Curious Case of Sidd Finch" staggered baseball and beyond. Two major league general managers called the new commissioner, Peter Ueberroth, to ask how Finch's opponents could even stand at the plate safely against a fastball like that. The sports editor of one New York newspaper berated the Mets' public relations man, Jay Horwitz, for giving Sports Illustrated the scoop. The St. Petersburg Times sent a reporter to find Finch, and a radio talk-show host proclaimed he had actually spotted the phenom - who, truth be told, was back in Oak Park teaching art at Hawthorne Junior High."

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