Just some thoughts:
During the mid 1970s’ I had the good fortune to caddie in a few PGA tour events. First time I caddied was in Robinson, Illinois. Robinson was the smallest town to ever host a PGA tour event. Since then I have gone back and played the course that hosted that event.
Not being a regular tour caddie I quickly picked up the fact that “locals” such as myself were not always looked upon favorably by tour caddies. One the most recognizable tour caddies back then was Mitch, Herman Mitchell. A rather large, out spoken African-American fella. On one occasion I caddied in a group with Mitch. It was quite an experience. Mitch was most known for his days as Lee Trevino’s caddie for a number of years. There are many stories about Mitch.
One time Mitch was caddying for Miller Barber. Barber hit his tee shot off line and into a pond to the right of the fairway. Barber hit a second tee ball (a provisional) and as they were walking down the fairway Barber asked Mitch, “Aren’t you going to go over there and look for my first ball?” “No I ain’t going over there.” was his reply. “Why not?” “Mr.Bob live over there, not goin’.”
Immediately Barber and one of the other players in the group ask the oblivious question, “Whose Mr. Bob.” Mitch replied ” Mr. Bob is a water moccasin about 20 feet long.” Barber said to Mitch, “Mitch the weather is too cold now for snakes and that water definitely too cold for a snake.”
Mitch replied, “As big as Mr.Bob is, he can afford himself an overcoat.”
You know some folks know where trouble might be and decide it best to note even go in that direction. Not too bad thinking. I give Mitch some credit.
September 6, 2018
Posted October 25, 2018