Traveling Boy Bloggers on the
Cherry Pickin' at Sawgrass
Story and photos by Tom Weber
Tiger Woods at TPC | photo ©2013
him or hate him, golf pro Tiger Woods is a winner. He proved it again
on Mother's Day Sunday when he held off the competition and won The
Players Championship at the TPC at Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
It marked his fourth win in only seven tournament tries of the young
His secret for winning? Along with owning a great golf
swing, being a master strategist and having a history of pretty much
being in the hunt on any given Sunday, it's got to be that RED
shirt he dons whenever he marches to the first tee on the final day
of tournament play.
March 2005 cover | ©2005
And, I've got scientific proof to back that up.
According to researches, the color RED
can be intimidating. In a 2005 study by British scientists, published
in nature, the international weekly journal of science, they
found that athletes wearing RED
have an advantage over competitors wearing other colors. "We find
that wearing RED is consistently
associated with a higher probability of winning," the researchers
Now, this isn't a post about Tiger, or golf, or athletics.
It's about... grocery shopping.
You heard me. Grocery shopping, and the effect the color
RED had on me recently.
Wearing BLUE as
I entered the supermarket I'm already at a disadvantage
I immediately stopped dead in my tracks and stared straight ahead into
the produce section that fronts the store, much like those Pete Dye-designed
pot bunkers guarding the greens at Sawgrass. Right there, bookended
by YELLOW bananas and seedless GREEN
grapes, were plastic containers filled with shiny, bright RED
Like Tiger when he makes the turn and starts his charge
on the final back nine, those ciliegie Bigarreaux (Bigarreux
cherries) dared me to try and come close to their pin placement. With
hazards on both sides the aforementioned bananas and grapes
I felt like tearing up my shopping list (scorecard) and just calling
it a day.
Inspecting several cartons, I found nary a bruise or
blemish (divot or spike mark); so, zombie-eyed as I was like
Bill Murray handling explosives to get at that menacing gopher in
Caddy Shack I picked one out, placed it in my hand-carry
cart, came to my senses and walked away salivating at the mouth knowing
what awaited me when I got to the 19th hole: the BLOOD-RED
sweetness that'll be drawn from the very first bite like the
motionless thud that the "Man-in-RED's"
Titleist Pro V-1x golf ball makes when landing firmly on the green.
Tiger, Sawgrass and golf metaphors aside, what about
these RED winners I carried out
in my bag?
The Bigarreux, grown down south in the Puglia
region around Bari, is the very first variety to hit stores and open-air
markets around Italy. Because these cherries officially open up the
season in the Bel Paese similar to Palmer, Nicklaus or
Player (the "Man in BLACK") at The Masters they
get added celebrity as the prima primizia (first fruit).
On sale from early May to June, the B'reux is
heart-shaped with firm and crunchy flesh, and a mouth-watering sweet
They don't have much of a shelf life, so they're rushed
to markets across la Penisola within 48-72 hours of harvesting,
and then quickly and continuously consumed by countless Italians until
the short season is over.
What is it about the color RED
that just stops us dead in our tracks, makes us stare and then react
Those "mad" scientists do say that RED,
more than any other color, provokes clearly identifiable reactions in
human beings. I guess they're right.
I'll tell you one thing, I won't be grocery shopping
on Sundays until the cherry season is over. Like Tiger Woods and that
island green on the 17th at Sawgrass, they're just too INTIMIDATING.