Every now and then, I get asked, “Superfan Pete, who is your favorite baseball player?” Right away I will answer Jackie Robinson due to the impact he had on the sport, as observed every April 15th. But then, someone always asks, what about on our current team? Well, as a Superfan, I like everybody on the team. There is however, one individual that’s been a fan of us as much as we’ve been a fan of him. That player would Corey Hart.
Corey was a guy we watched come up through the minors. Once he made it to Milwaukee, the original Superfan Crew (numbered 1 through cinco), decided that he was the kind of guy we could always support, no matter what. During one drunken night, we came to the conclusion that due to his large wingspan, we were going to call him Corey “The Condor” Hart. Thus the name was written on the Superfan Stone Tablets.
The first time I actually was able to talk to Corey and tell him the nickname we gave him was during a block party in Whitefish Bay in 2008. I went down there with Superfan Cinco (Omar Andrade) and one of his friends to get some autographs. The Condor was multi-tasking (which he’s very good at) by giving an interview and signing autographs, and still thanking each and every fan. I got up there, and nonchalantly ask Corey, “Ahem, uh Corey, could you sign it Condor?” He stopped his interview, asked again what I said, and when he realized he heard right asked what that means. I told him, because he has a large wingspan, and flies around shagging balls in the outfield, we (the Superfans) decided we were gonna nickname him the Condor. He smiled, inscribed my ball and Omar’s friend’s ball, and said he really liked the nickname. It was a success! Now to get the name out to the masses…
First step: A cardboard box and a marker. Deciding it was time to show everybody how awesome Corey is, we made the first large sign to take to Miller Park. It said, “Corey ‘The Condor’ Hart: International Harvester.” Those were the days of the great walk-up music that came to make us think of Corey whenever we heard the song. Holding the sign up over the players entrance, a lot of Corey’s teammates saw it and pointed, and even laughed with how clever it was.
Later on during Spring Training 2009, Superfans Handy Jay and Dynex Dan had some Corey “The Condor” Hart T-shirts made up. We of course rocked them out at Maryvale, gave some to Corey and his family, as well as JJ Hardy and Vinny Rottino. Later on, during the playoffs of 2011, LaTroy Hawkins requested one, and rocked it out during batting practice prior to one of the NLDS games. Still in production, Condor T-shirts can be ordered for $20 a piece from Superfan Handy Jay.
In my final thoughts, I’d like to thank Corey Hart for signing all the stuff we’ve presented to him over the years, from bobbleheads to baseball cards and pictures, to balls and jerseys. He always has time to toss us a few baseballs, come over and sign stuff, and always asks how we are doing. Did we ever expect this back when we decided to call him the Condor? Hell no. What we found was even better. A friend, who has a pretty cool job shaggin balls in Right Field. Corey, you sir are a class act and we thank you for always taking time for us. Perhaps one day we can have you over for a Superfan barbecue. Good luck, stay focused, and keep on playing hard, for love of the game.
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