In a post written yesterday, my esteemed writing partner tossed the name Rebel Ridling out in the most casual manner. I picked it up and ran around the room like I’d found a hundred dollar bill.
Now, before I continue to unravel this delightful mystery, I have to point out that Rebel Ridling is also reason #137 why I’m glad I switched from Journalism studies to regular English Lit years ago. Because if I had finished that J-school program, odds are I would have ended up writing dumb lines like Rebel Yell or Rebel’s Assault (curly-haired Cowboy cranker wrinkled my nose, too) for some daily newspaper somewhere.
Instead, I got a fairly useless degree, which set me up perfectly to be a wise-ass blogger. So I can talk to you about Rebel Ridling without resorting to easy puns.
Rebel Ridling is a 6’4″, 230 lb first baseman for the Short A Boise Hawks (Cubs). He hails from tiny Sentinel, Oklahoma, played his college ball at Oklahoma State, and he’s tearing the cover off the ball. He was selected in the 25th round of the 2008 draft with the 761st pick overall, after three seasons in Stillwater. That was just 22 days ago, and already he’s hitting .405 in ten games at Boise.
His sister’s name is Harli.
Now, the name thing is obviously what interested me. But, as I said before, it’s just lazy to go with “Rebel without a Cause” and that ilk. Anyone who’s read S.E. Hinton or seen the film “The Outsiders” is not surprised to find names like Ponyboy, Soda Pop, or Rebel in the state of Oklahoma. Apparently that’s just the way things are done in the Sooner State.
I’m going to keep my fingers crossed and hope Rebel keeps up the power production we’ve seen from him so far. That way, I can legitimately include him in a future edition of The Z-Meter.