Once upon a time I was in a bar (have you heard this one?). I believe it was August 2005. Neil Diamond was singing to a crowd at Madison Square Garden. A man named Mike Jacobs was at the concert. I, as I said, was in a bar. I was just returning from the bathroom when I noticed the words "Mike Jacobs" on the TV, on the Mets game.
It's hard for me to believe I knew how to text four years ago, but I am sure I sent a text to the Neil Diamond fan saying: "Some guy named Mike Jacobs is either pitching, or batting for the Mets right now."
To which he responded: "Not possible. Someone would have told me."
To which I responded: "I'm telling you right now."
He continued to disbelieve me, and he's pretty convincing so I started to disbelieve myself (quantities of drink help)...until I saw the words again on the TV.
Text: "Seriously there's a guy on the Mets named Mike Jacobs."
It should not be hard for you, dear reader, knowing what you now know, to understand why the Mike Jacobs who has been my baseball partner for four seasons came to be known TFMJ (The Fake Mike Jacobs) and that not so spectacular Met-Marlin-Royal got to be Real.
And now it seems I am not the only one who needs to differentiate between these two Mike Jacobs. Check out Joe Posnanski's article in Sports Illustrated: The Curious Case of Mike Jacobs, My New Favorite Royal.
I love it.