My college freshman roommate had an encyclopedia knowledge of baseball. He worked on the grounds crew for the Milwaukee Brewers and breathed baseball. He had a friend from Chicago who was in the same boat. They quickly recognized that I didn't have the same penchant, and made me a challenge: did I know any fact about Major League Baseball that they didn't. I replied, "Who is the Twins catcher from the 1980s whose last name is a palindrome?" They were stymied. I basked in the revelation of their limited baseball knowledge. When their hubris had fully aired, I said, "Mark Salas."