That time Sean Doolittle thought he was famous

Brian Tinsman
March 20, 2018 - 10:37 pm

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Whether we actually want the attention or not, most people imagine what it would be like to be famous. At least famous enough to be recognized on the street or waiting for a Metro train.

According to Washington Nationals closer Sean Doolittle, however, it isn't always like you imagined.

On Tuesday, he joined The Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan to discuss his "Welcome to Washington" moment, which happened after an employee appreciation event at Nationals Park last fall.

The event was held for the hourly workers that run concessions, security and other gameday experiences for fans in attendance. Doolittle and his wife decided to "crash the party" and go mingle with his extended coworkers.

Afterward, hopped up on positive fan interaction, Doolittle took the wrong approach with a young fan who recognized him on a Metro platform:

"I'm standing on the Metro platform waiting for the train and a group of kids comes up," Doolittle recalled. "And they're like, 'Oh my gosh, do you know who you look like?'

"And I think because, maybe, like, I had just come from an event, where I was doing some meet and greet stuff, so I was in that mode. I was like...'Oh, cool, they recognize me. I finally made it. I've been in D.C. for like three months now, I'm finally getting recognized now, around town. Yeah, this is cool. 

"So, I go to open my mouth and respond and he goes, 'Seth Rogen.'"

Doolittle made clear that it was no disrespect to be mistaken for Rogen. But he admits he was "getting a little big for his britches" and his wife, Eireann, was happy to point that out.

"I was like, 'What?'" he said. "And I looked at my wife and she was like doubled over in laughter. She pointed at me laughing a couple times, and was like, 'I wish you could've seen your face because for a second, you thought you were famous. You idiot, are you kidding me? No! You're a one-inning reliever! Get on the train!'

"I can still hear the laughter like echoing off the tube of the tunnel. It was really funny."


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