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I looked him straight in the eye for maybe three seconds. He seemed to be perfectly serious. "I'm Seager," I answered finally.
"May I shake your hand?" he said.
I shook hands and he went away pleased, apparently. Nobody at my table seemed to think that any of this was strange, and I let my self-esteem expand a little.
It didn't get punctured for two years. I was back in Ann Arbor then and I happened to run into Matt Mann, my former coach.
"Say, I hear you got a couple of English records," he said. Matt was born in Yorkshire, and he had held English records himself.
"Yes," I said. I couldn't look at him.
"What were your times?"
"Twenty-five. Fifty-seven," I mumbled. I had been a bad boy.
"Fifty-seven! Were you dragging something?" he said jovially.
Surprising myself, I said defiantly, "Matt, it was fun."