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Aaron Boone or Johnny Knoxville? Let's ask Aaron!

Posted on: October 20, 2011 10:59 am
Edited on: October 20, 2011 11:03 am
ST. LOUIS -- Aaron Boone is a great guy. There are some guys on TV -- guys who smile and crack jokes and call each other cute little nicknames, like the real ballplayers do -- who aren't great guys. Some of them are a little bit phony, is my point.

Aaron Boone is no phony.

There's not a lot of journalistic merit to what I'm writing here, so don't bother looking for it unless you have a periscope or a stethoscope or maybe even a proctologist's scope. And I suppose I could be wrong about Aaron Boone, but I doubt it. Before going to ESPN he used to work here at, giving us analysis on camera, and while he and I never crossed paths, my colleagues universally considered him a great guy.

Anyway, because I can, I wanted to share my smallish meeting with Boone from Game 1 of the World Series.

He's in a secondary press box Wednesday night at Busch Stadium, watching the game with a few other TV types, when I decide that he's a dead ringer for Johnny Knoxville. I click on this picture of Knoxville, and this picture of Boone, and call Boone over to my computer. He comes over, unsure who the hell I am, and I point to the images and say, "Which one of these guys is you?"

Boone smiles, because as I said, he's a good guy. I've just introduced myself to him in the most ridiculous way possible, and he's smiling. He says he's heard the Knoxville comparison -- "a million times," he says -- and then tells me a story from a family trip to Disney, where another tourist kept staring at him.

Boone tells me, "It was obvious he recognized me, and I'm thinking, 'All right, maybe he thinks it's me.'"

The guy walks up to Boone and says, "You're him, aren't you?"

Boone says, conspiratorially, "Yes."

The guy says, "I thought so. You're hilarious, Johnny."

Boone says, "I'm not Johnny."

The guy says, knowingly, "OK, Johnny, that's cool," and walks off.

As Boone told me last night, "He thought I was Johnny Knoxville but didn't want anyone to know it."

So Aaron Boone is Johnny Knoxville, even when he tells people he isn't.

Worth the blogg post? Maybe not. But when a guy is as likeable in person as he appears to be on TV, well, that's news. So there you go. A newsy blogg post, just for you.

Category: MLB

Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 5:58 pm

Aaron Boone or Johnny Knoxville? Let's ask Aaron!

I ran into Tom Brokaw in Washington DC once, on line to get a coffee.  A friend I was with says, "You won't go up and ask if he's Dan Rather."  I laugh, so I go up to Tom Brokaw and ask, are you Dan Rather.  I could tell immediately I was bothering him by his facial expression, and without skipping a beat he says, "No I'm Michael Jordan."  Then he walked away looking rather annoyed.

This story was equally entertaining. 

Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: October 20, 2011 5:10 pm

Aaron Boone or Johnny Knoxville? Let's ask Aaron!

Awesome stuff Gregg!
I always thought the same thing about him - an absolute dead-ringer for Knoxville.

And I agree that we need more articles like this one - beats any NBA talk by a long way.

Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2011 2:19 pm

Aaron Boone or Johnny Knoxville? Let's ask Aaron!

Hahahaha Xris! Too bad you didn't end up, you know, dating one of those women. Assuming they were pretty. And you're single. Yeeesh.

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2011 11:38 am

Aaron Boone or Johnny Knoxville? Let's ask Aaron!

Maybe there isn't any real point to this blog post Doyel, but I'd rather read articles like this than anymore about the NBA. Actually had something similar happen to me a few years ago. I'm a Canadian, and there is a recording artist up here who evidently I look a little like. The Canadian Country Music Awards were in my home town a few years ago, and as I walked into a store I was accosted by 3 women who wanted my autograph, thinking I was an artist named George Canyon. After I tried multiple times to explain to them that they were mistaken, they insisted I was lying and asked me to sign an autograph anyway. When I signed my own name, one lady cussed me out and told me she wouldn't buy any more of my CD's. Sorry bout that George!

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