Wednesday, May 30, 2007
By far the coolest thing to ever happen to me at Walgreens
Yesterday morning, I was having a substandard morning. My photo clerk awoke when I called her at 8:30 to ask her why she was already a half hour late. My intern had the day off, which meant I was flying solo. Some guy who took photos in a poorly lit room was convinced that our machine was the reason his photo came out dark. And so on and so forth. Really, no different from any other day.
Then I hear a page over the intercom, "Manager to the toothbrushes with the key."
I've heard it dozens of times before and strolled to the back wall of the store to unlock our case of various electronic toothbrushes that range from $69.99 - $149.99. As I fidgeted with my keys to find the right one, I looked up to see which of our ample 90+ clientele needed assistance. But there was no elderly customer. There was Johan Santana.
Now, I had been told that he visited our store from time to time as he does not live far from my Walgreens. But, I had never seen him in there, instead my cashier (Manny, the best cashier I've ever worked with who oddly makes it a point to find out if everyone speaks Spanish, which Santana does) tells me that his wife and kids are in at least once a week. So the whole time I'm unlocking the case, I'm debating whether or not this is him. I quickly recall the Twins' schedule trying to figure out if it makes sense whether or not it could be him. Sure enough, my baseball mind recalls he allowed 4ERs and got the win the day before in the Metrodome versus the White Sox and that Minnesota plays a night cap tonight. It's most likely him.
After Johan selects an Oral-B model, he thanks me and heads to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription of sorts. Being the suave guy that I am, I run to the back and try to peer out the window to further confirm my beliefs. After, he is done, I grab the pharmacy intern who rang him up and asked him for sure.
Definitely Johan Santana. Damn right, the best pitcher in baseball shops my Walgreens.
Photo from BaseballEvolution