The collapse of one of Manhattan’s ubiquitous construction scaffolds Sunday in SoHo left reporters scrambling for those “man on the street” interviews, the ones in which people share their hopes, fears and innermost thoughts in exchange for a few moments of TV time.
One lucky reporter happened upon a man who has given a great deal of consideration to those scaffolds. Oddly, that man is Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, who was in town for a game Sunday against the Brooklyn Nets.
“I usually observe if the piping and stuff is new,” he told the Fox 5 reporter. “Sometimes, you know, if something looks like it’s been there awhile, I kind of try to avoid that.”
At least Fox 5 knew who it had in Thompson. Sometimes, that doesn’t immediately click for reporters. Like when KPRC’s Jake Reiner, the son of director Rob Reiner and grandson of Carl Reiner, headed out to the streets of Houston to interview people about road rage. He found a young motorist at a gas station, and, being a well-trainer reporter, he asked the man to say and spell his name.
Yes, that George Springer. You know, the Houston Astros’ World Series MVP.
“It was,” Reiner, who moved to the city only seven months ago from California, said (via the Houston Chronicle), “both the most embarrassing and the coolest MOS [man on the street] I’ve ever done.
“When he said who he was, I immediately went into adoring fan mode. A lot of people on social media thought I was faking my reaction when he told me who he was. There were some funny comments like, ‘Send Jake Reiner back to a Triple-A station’ and, ‘Send Jake back to State Farm,’ all in good fun. Honestly, I was geeking out because professional athletes are the only people I get star-struck by. And I’m a big Springer fan. As you know, I’m a huge Dodgers fan, so if I spotted any of my guys at the gas station, it would have been a different story.
“Nonetheless, I will never not recognize George Springer ever again!”
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