CHARLESTON, S.C. -- As I sit here in this city's airport on an hour of sleep and in a dream-like state, it's sort of hard to believe I just spent the past two days with Bill Murray.
Murray was inducted into the South Atlantic League Hall of Fame on Tuesday during a luncheon at the local Marriott hotel. (See video of his speech.) He is co-owner of the Charleston RiverDogs, a Class A affiliate of the New York Yankees, and is a mainstay in the community.
The first day I arrived in Charleston having flown in on a redeye, I went to the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier, where the SAL League was holding round one of its home run derby on the carrier. Just as I was about to leave, Murray appeared, wearing a green tie-dye t-shirt, army fatigue shorts and a Caddyshack inspired hat.
He blended in with the crowd, signing everything in sight, taking every photo ... and then he took cuts in the cage. I introduced myself, told him I work for an online YouTube television network, and that we make short documentaries. His response: "That sounds insidious."
I'll be writing a longer story about my trip there within the next few days, but for now, here is the pure joy of both being and being around Bill Murray.