Liam Hendriks grew up in Perth, Australia, so perhaps when you have come that far, you are more apt to take full advantage of a visit to New York City than the average major league pitcher – even one who just had been named “opener” for the Athletics in their wild-card game against the Yankees.
So it was that he went about his business on Monday after getting the news, including a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
When Hendriks mentioned that detail in passing before the Athletics worked out in the Bronx on Tuesday, an inquiring mind wondered how the visit to the Met went. Hendriks’ eye-opening answer covered a millennium or so of ground.
“The Met was great,” he said. “My wife [Kristi] wanted to go see the ‘Heavenly Bodies’ exhibit, which was incredible, and I was super-ecstatic about all the medieval armor, because that’s what I love.
“I am reading a book now about the aftermath of the Battle of Hastings in 1066. So it’s all about medieval French and English and all that. But yeah, the Met was great. I think I ended up walking 10 ½ miles yesterday, so I got my exercise in.”