ESPN may have devoted too much time to televising the leaders blocking each other at Nashville last weekend, but darned if the WorldWide Leader didn’t try to make the event entertaining in other ways. Not did we “go down to Jack Arute” about fifty times (half of which were breathless weather reports), and not only did Scott Goodyear drop the now infamous “boyfriend” remark, but as pressdog captured in his Nashville Notes they also snuck in an amusing radio transmission from the RLR channel.
Lap 37: ... Replay of Bobby Rahal on the radio pre-race. "Babe, be smart and strong and go have a good race, babe."
That’s right, Rahal called Ryan Hunter-Reay “Babe”. Twice! And that’s just from five seconds of conversation, so who knows how many other times he dropped a “Babe” on Ryan.
This smells like a nickname adjustment for The Hunter. Recall that the movie “Babe” is the story of a pig that overachieves by avoiding the slaughterhouse and training to become more than just a plateful of bacon. The flick culminates with a victory in a contest in the closing scenes, so considering what pigs the RLR cars had been considered to be until Hunter-Reay put one in Victory Lane at The Glen earlier this month there may be good reason for the ‘Stache to call him “Babe”.
Let’s all sing along with pressdog’s lyrics.
I know it's true we ain't got it all
Look out baby, I'm in the wall.
I got you babe
I got you babe
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