September 03, 2010

A case of mistaken identity ...


I walked into a local Subway for lunch on Wednesday. Tuna, yo. On whole wheat. I sauntered over to the ordering area and, before I could tell the young gentleman on the other side of the glass what I wanted, he said:

"Oh, I thought you were the baseball player ... Jose Bautista."

I was, of course, wearing my Blue Jays cap. And my Bautista beard.

I laughed. Awkwardly. I might have blushed, which is utterly ridiculous. Finally, not knowing how to respond, I said: "No, but Bautista's pretty awesome."

"Yeah ... You're right ... He is," came the Subway employee's laboured response. And since the exchange wasn't apparently awkward enough, we then shared a couple of seconds of torturous silence, before he finally got around to putting together my sandwich.

The bottom line: People are seeing Jose Bautista in the streets. And can you blame them?

What a season. One for the record books. For the first time in Toronto baseball history, a Blue Jay will hit 50 home runs.

"[Jose Bautista is] one of my favourite players."

Mine, too.

Image courtesy of daylife. Thanks, yo.

13 comments:

Archi said...

I'm not sure how much time you have to game with your notoriously busy schedule, but Jose Bautista's headshot and subsequent animated character from last year's (2009) version of The Show looks a LOT like you.

It really tripped me out the first time I saw it.

Navin Vaswani (@eyebleaf) said...

I am Jose Bautista.

William Tasker - Caribou, ME said...

Just my luck. You get mistaken for Bautista and I get mistaken for John Goodman. Rats.

Mattt said...

Whatever gets the casual fan excited is good in my world. Keep up the good beard work...

PS- did said employee really think a Jays player would walk around with a Jays hat on?

The Ack said...

Navi Bats!

The Ack said...

ps - you should have added bacon, because, y'know....

Navin Vaswani (@eyebleaf) said...

@ William: You've got to grow your own Bautista Beard. Its powers are legendary.

@ Mattt: You mean the Jays don't walk around town wearing their Jays caps ...?

@ The Ack: I swing the stick more like John McDonald. But that's neither here nor there. My beard is a big-league beard. Clearly. And, tuna with bacon, has that ever been done before?

sarah said...

Hey man, if the Raptors can walk around with their own jerseys...

Navin Vaswani (@eyebleaf) said...

@ Sarah: Truth. However, I like to think Jose Bautista is above the antics of Amir Johnson

Anonymous said...

Tuna and bacon sound delicious. We could call it the Bautista.

Navin Vaswani (@eyebleaf) said...

@ Anon: Tuna and bacon. How could I forget that "Meats don't clash"?

Ian H. said...

Dude, you totally should have said you were Jose Bautista and offered to sign your sub and give it back to the guy.

furcifer said...

I said that too!!!1