This week we delve into a quote from one of the lesser-covered newcomers to the White Sox, but first the answer to last week’s Cryptosoxery:
He’s just annoying as all hell, which apparently I am, according to most people — Liam Hendriks
No, the “he” isn’t Jerry Reinsdorf, or even Tony La Russa. Hendriks was actually talking about how he’s a huge fan of Montreal Canadien Brendan Gallagher, hockey fandom being a perfectly natural thing for an Australian, right? True, Hendriks pitched for the Blue Jays for a couple of years, so maybe the hockey stuff was just in the air, but it would have seemed more natural to be a fan of the Maple Leafs. But, then, coming halfway across the world, maybe Hendriks wasn’t big on Canadian geography.
More important is the second part of the quote, where Hendriks makes fun of himself. Given the arrogance of the most famous White Sox newcomer and the stupidity and bellicosity of the first new player brought in, getting what appears to be a truly nice guy in Hendriks is a very pleasant break. And that’s even before you get to the community mindedness for a community Hendriks hasn’t even worked in yet: Donating meals to front line workers in Bridgeport.
This week’s Cryptosoxery quote comes from another good guy newcomer, albeit one who has gotten much less publicity (encryption again thanks to the magic machine at wordles.com):
NYM RIKDAVMB FGHB AV NYM XKIFB VMIAMV, NYGN WMGTNAETF IAHP, GHB NYM RGIGBM AH QYAQGPK GENMI NYM VMGVKH. — DAPTMF QGAIK
For those new to the game, crytpoquotes are single-letter substitutions, keeping the same substitutions throughout the puzzle. For example, maybe all the Ms are really Qs, the Fs really Zs. You can solve the puzzle by looking for the most common letters, beginning with E (think the Wheel of Fortune go-to letters) and looking for common words or odd letter patterns.
If you take a guess at the speaker in this puzzle based on the hints, you’ll be most of the way to a solution.
The answer, and a new puzzle, next week