Friday, August 29, 2008

Bubblegum Card of the Week: A Fat Tub of Goo

June 17, 1985: David Letterman goes off on a tangent during Late Night's opening monologue, riffing on Atlanta Braves reliever Terry Forster.

Letterman, who had recently caught Forster in action on TV, called Forster "the fattest man in all of professional sports. I mean, the guy is a balloon. He must weigh 300 pounds. The guys doing the ball game -- Skip Caray and Ernie Johnson -- not once do they mention that this guy is enormous. They pretend the guy couldn't be in better shape. He is a load. Not once, when they see this mammoth figure, this silo, get up in the bullpen... I just want them to say, 'Terry Forster's warming up, he's a lefthander, ERA about 3.5... What a fat tub of goo!'"

The jokes sparked a minor feud between the two, during which a viewer sent Letterman the '85 Topps card seen above (Forster appears to be sucking it in). Dave pointed out that the back of the card lists Forster's weight at 210, causing peals of laughter. He then noted, "Of course, this photo was taken when Terry was 12."

Forster was a guest on the show a few weeks later, and the two buried the hatchet. He gave Letterman a hoagy.

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