I wake up some days haunted by a FOX News-like ticker slowly scrolling. Today, it was a question playing on a loop. I had to know the answer and couldn’t wait a moment longer. It was driving me nuts. Among sports media personalities, which type of apple is most popular? You’re dying to know, too? Phew. Thought I was all alone. I shouldn’t be held in suspense any longer and neither should y’all.
Here we are, folks.
A response rolled in from New York Times best selling author and current MLB analyst Dirk Hayhurst:
“The kind that lets me send email and download games.”
He followed up:
“Seriously, Honeycrisp. Versatile apple that pairs well. Gala cooks better. Golden delicious if eating right off a tree”
Michael Silverman covers the Red Sox for the Boston Herald:
“Ok I’m going to take this seriously…Gala (ripe): perfect blend of tart and sweet, plus scores high on bite/crunch”
Speaking of Red Sox, here is ‘04 World Series Champion, Kevin Millar:
“Green apples I love because I am a tart kind of guy and love to dip them in caramel also.”
Industry veteran Chris Myers predictably went old school on us with his selection:
“I like the question…Red Delicious (or iPad Mini). Good for salad, great color and texture…tastes like the name and you hear a crunch when you bite into it!”
Chris added this (of course he did, he’s an OG):
“Also, caramel apples.”
My supremely talented teammate at Fox Sports 1, Charissa Thompson, compared based on color:
“Green- crisp… Sweet and the skin doesn’t compete with the flavor of the apple. (Red does)!”
C Trent Rosecrans covers the Cincinnati Reds:
“Honeycrisp — it used to be Fuji, but that was before I discovered the deliciousness that is Honeycrisp. I also think the limited time availability helps it. I’m a collector at heart.”
The co-host of Intentional Talk on MLB Network and an exceptional baseball mind, Chris Rose knows his fruit:
“Fuji…usually have it after a workout with some almond butter. Sweet, crunchy. Need to keep it in the fridge for that extra ‘pop’.”
Ramona Shelbourne, who covers all sports in LA and has been doing so spectacularly well for a long time now, takes a cultural approach:
“Granny Smith dipped in honey. Rosh Hashanah tradition, but I like them like that all the time.”
Jason Parks, scout of baseball talent for Baseball Prospectus and more, also knows the 5 tools of apple picking:
“Granny Smith, all the way. They are almost tart.”
Is that like almost ready for the big leagues, professor?
Another one of my extraordinary teammates at Fox Sports Live, Andy Roddick, comprehends the true value of an apple:
“Red, because it got me better grades when given to a teacher.”
Finally, Ken Rosenthal held his cards close to his bowtie.
“I’m not an apple guy, LOL.”
Fortunately a source close to Ken tells me the truth. Ken prefers Pippin apples.
Alright, alright, you dragged it out of me. I’m currently on a Pink Lady binge. They are heavy in the hand, crisper than most, tart and dense with a strong, juicy finish.
Your favorites in the comments below, please?