SBD/February 24, 2011/People and Pop Culture

Hammer Time: Hank Aaron Makes Appearance On "Late Show" To Promote Topps

Aaron gives Letterman his own Topps card during "Late Show" visit
Baseball HOFer HANK AARON appeared on CBS' "Late Show" last night to promote his association with Topps as part of the trading card company’s 60th anniversary. CBS’ DAVID LETTERMAN introduced Aaron by saying, "Our next guest is a living legend, a Hall of Famer, and one of the greatest baseball players of all time." Letterman told Aaron, "As a player, a dominating force in baseball for 25 years, what differences strike you when you see a game, when you're watching a game now?" Aaron: "The thing that troubles me most is the length of the game. I would like to see the game shortened a little bit more and I don't know how we can do it. But in the seventh, eighth, ninth inning, you may see three or four different type pitchers go out and pitch to one batter." Letterman: "You may not believe this and you don't have to believe this, but I have been saying exactly the same thing for the last 15 years. … You could leave in the third inning, go out and look for an apartment, and come back and the game is still going on." Aaron noted that in his first 10 MLB seasons, he weighed between 170-180 pounds. Letterman: "For a slugger, that seems tiny by today's standards." Aaron: "That's true, but you have to remember that making the kind of money I was making it was probably from malnutrition." Aaron presented Letterman with his own "One-on-One" baseball card from Topps, with Letterman saying, "I'll cherish this. Look at this. This is a collector's item." Aaron said, "I was going to swap mine for yours but yours is going to cost more than mine." Letterman noted, "Forgive me for saying this, but I throw like a girl" ("Late Show," CBS, 2/23).
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