It all started yesterday afternoon. I was just sitting down to a spot of tea when reader Josh Miller, who makes the announcements on the loudspeaker system at the Giants’ spring training facility in Arizona, sent me this phone-camera shot from the Giants/A’s game he was working. Even from a distance, the focal point of the tableau was so clear that a blind man could have seen it with a cane: The batter was wearing near-perfect stirrups, complete with Oakland’s yellow sanitaries. Who was this sultan of sock, this hero of hosiery, this stalwart of shinwear? I quickly dispatched a carrier pigeon to Josh with the following message: “Tell me, I prithee — who is this paragon of all that is just and noble? Tell me, I bid thee now!”
The pigeon soon returned with a tiny scroll bearing the following words: “Corey Wimberly.”
Ah, Wimberly — Corey Wimberly. So this was the shining light who would lead us out of the darkness, just as the legends had long foretold. Wimberly, Wimberly. It very nearly had the ring of the greatness.
At that point I had to dash out and run some errands (getting the carriage horses reshod, a quick fox hunt, that sort of thing), but I don’t mind telling you that the name Corey Wimberly was dancing through my head the entire time.
When I returned, there was a communiqué from Master Phil, who was certain I would want to see this. When I regained my bearings a few minutes later, I determined to learn all I could about this Wimberly chap.
So here is the dossier I was able to assemble with the assistance of the computational aparatus: Corey Wimberley is a prospect in the A’s system. He played college ball at Alcorn State, where his lower-leg stylings were disappointing. He was indentured by the Colourado Rockies Ltd. and has spent the past several years apprenticing in their minour league fiefdom, where he’s gone from Not Getting It to Getting There to rather completely Getting It™ (additional daguerreotypes displayed for your entertainment here, here and here).
Young Wimberly’s services were transferred to the Oakland Athletics Base Ball Concern two fortnights ago in return for two casks of mead and a like number of oxen, no doubt because the lords and ladies in Colourado wisely recognized that a man of his hosiery acumen could never flourish to his fullest potential without the benefit of coloured understockings. His status in A’s camp is that of “non-roster invitee,” which I believe means he’s permitted to own a small parcel of dirt but most surrender half of his potato harvest to the King, or something like that. In any event, he is unlikely to ascend to full nobleman status this annum.
Still, the mere knowledge that we have a champion representing us, even if only among the lower castes for the nonce, is cause for celebration. Let us wish Wimberly well — godspeed, good sir!
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