The next day, Dan is talking about Orlando Rojas to Rebecca, but she doesn't know who that is. Dan tells her he's a pitcher. "Oh, Orlando Rojas the pitcher!" she says. "I don't know who that is." Heh. Despite the knowledge that she'll break Dan's heart, Rebecca does tend to grow on you. Dan tries to tell her that he's pitching this afternoon, but since she doesn't know who Rojas is, she has a hard time getting excited, or maybe that should be "pumped," about that and she then threatens violence against Dan, picking up a large book and asking if she can hit him with it. He tells her it's Casey's book, and speak of the devil, Casey walks in. Casey gives Rebecca permission to hit Dan with the book. That permission is presumably retracted when Dan finks on Rebecca and tells Casey that Rebecca doesn't know who Orlando Rojas is. "He's a pitcher," says Casey. Heh. Dan explains to Rebecca that, eleven years ago, Rojas pitched a perfect game. "And a perfect game is good?" says Rebecca. Dan and Casey look nonplussed for a moment, then Dan says, "Listen, I know there's a lot of jargon, but some of these are self-explanatory," which really cracked me up. Unfortunately, I can't get too deep into women's lack of sports knowledge, since it's kind of a stereotype. Also, the woman editing my recaps knows more about baseball than I do. ["I did spend several years thinking that 'a perfect game' was a colloquialism meaning that, yeah, the pitcher did pretty well, but also, you had good seats and it wasn't too humid and the hot-dog guy didn't blow you off. My dad finally had to explain to me that it is in fact not open to interpretation. So, for anyone else under the same impression, a perfect game is a game in which nobody reaches base at all -- no walks, no hits, nada." -- Sars]
Fed up, Rebecca decides to take off. Dan escorts her to the elevator and says he can't believe she was married to Steve Sisko all those years and didn't pick up any sports knowledge. Yeah, great, Dan. Bring up past failed relationships. Women love that. Rebecca says it was only two and a half years and besides, does Dan think Neil Armstrong's wife knows much about astro-propulsion? Dan figures Neil Armstrong's wife had at least heard of the moon, when I was expecting his comeback to be along the lines of "We're not talking about rocket science here." Rebecca finally just says, "Sports isn't what I do for a living." Dan asks her what she does do. He knows she's a market analyst, but he doesn't know exactly what that is. Neither did I, and rather than going to the trouble of transposing Rebecca's explanation, you can look it up your own damn selves. But even I would know better than to accuse Rebecca of not knowing what she herself does for living, like Dan does here. Rebecca huffily declares herself "a graduate of the Wharton School," which I have no idea if it means anything or not ["it does -- it's the business school at Penn, which has probably the highest name recognition of MBA programs in the country" -- Sars], but Dan cracks up and asks her to say that again. She asks if anyone has ever tried to kill him. He says yes, but he defends himself with his "superior wit and guile." Yes, you read that right.