After becoming the target of ridicule by Mets announcers — and a YouTube video with over two million hits — for his inability to open a water bottle during last weekend’s game against the Kansas City Royals, the muscleman whose battle was captured for posterity has come forward to give his side to the embarrassing incident.
“First of all, it was not my water bottle,” Christopher, a 38-year-old lawyer in White Plains, N.Y., told The New York Daily News.
“It was handed to me by a security guard in the dugout area who was having trouble with it. The guy was much bigger than me, by the way.”
Chris, who did not want to share his last name out of privacy concerns expressed by his fiancée, told the Daily News that neither he, nor the security guard, managed to make the cap so much as budge.
Chris said cameras only captured a portion of the tag-team effort to open the bottle, making him the butt of jokes by announcers Keith Hernandez and Gary Cohen.
“All that working out and you can’t open a water bottle?” Cohen said of his rather bulging physique.
But Chris says that the camera may have made him look larger than his 5’8” and 190-pound frame.
“I tried as hard as I could,” Chris said.
After his turn with the water bottle, Chris tossed it back to the security guard, and only later realized that the episode had been captured forever.
“It wasn’t played on the Jumbotron,” Chris said. “I had no idea it was being filmed.”
Still, despite becoming the butt of more than a few jokes, Chris has maintained his sense of humor about the incident.
“I don’t blame anybody. It is pretty funny,” Chris said. “But a lot of things were presented incorrectly.”
So glad he cleared that up. Still wondering though, who opens his Muscle Milk?