Golf Talk Live - Chi Chi Rodriguez Transcript Segment 6

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PETER KESSLER

YOU KNOW MEETING HERMAN AND TERICKA REMINDS ME OF THE STORY ABOUT YOU WHEN YOU FIRST BECAME A CADDIE AND INSTANTLY AS A LITTLE BOY ORGANIZED THE FIRST CADDIE STRIKE. TELL ME ABOUT THAT.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

WELL YOU KNOW THEY WERE PAYING US TEN CENTS FOR 18 HOLES AND I MEAN TEN CENTS WAS NOT ENOUGH FOR FOUR HOURS OF WORK OR, OR FIVE HOURS AND UH WE GOT ORGANIZED AND UH, UH THE CADDIE SAYS WELL UH MAYBE THE MEMBERS WON'T, WON'T GIVE US THE RAISE, I SAID WELL WE WALK THE FENCE, WE WALK THE LINE. THEN WE'LL, WE'LL LET THEM CARRY THEIR BAGS AND AFTER THREE OR FOUR HOLES THEY'RE GOING TO CALL US BACK AND GIVE US THE TWENTY FIVE CENTS AND THAT'S WHAT WE DID AND THEY GAVE US THE TWENTY FIVE CENTS AND SIX MONTHS LATER , I TOLD THEM, I SAID TWENTY FIVE IS NOT ENOUGH. TWENTY FIVE CENTS IS NOT ENOUGH NOW WE'RE GOING TO GO FOR THIRTY FIVE AND UH WE DID THE SAME THING AND THEY WENT TO THIRTY FIVE CENTS AND BY THE TIME I LEFT THE BAREWOOD (???) COUNTRY CLUB WE WERE MAKING A DOLLAR SEVENTY FOR 18 HOLES, UH CADDYING UH I WENT IN THE ARMY THEN AND I WAS MAKING FIFTY SIX DOLLARS A MONTH. THAT WAS, THAT WAS A LOT MORE MONEY BUT YEAH, YOU DID, IT WAS A, I DON'T HOLD AGAINST UH, AGAINST PEOPLE THAT DIDN'T TREAT PEOPLE RIGHT YEARS AGO. I DO IT NOW BECAUSE THOSE WERE THE DAYS THAT WE LIVED. NOW THE TIMES HAVE CHANGED. THIS IS ALMOST THE YEAR 2000. TIMES HAVE CHANGED. IT'S TIME TO HAVE COMPASSION UH FOR THE POOR AND, AND THE NEEDY AND UH THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE SHOULD SHARE MORE. LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING PETER UH. THE, THE UH, YOU CAN BE MATERIALLY VERY, VERY RICH BUT YOU CAN BE SPIRITUALLY VERY, VERY POOR AND UH TO ME MOTHER TERESA WAS MY IDOL AND UH SHE NEVER HAD ANYTHING BUT SHE HAD EVERYTHING. I THINK SHE WAS THE RICHEST PERSON IN THE WORLD.

PETER KESSLER

YOU SAY THAT GOD PICKED YOU TO SPREAD A MESSAGE. WHAT SPECIFIC MESSAGE HAVE YOU BEEN CHOSEN TO SPREAD?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

WELL I DON'T TALK MUCH ABOUT IT BECAUSE PEOPLE THINK YOU'RE CRAZY WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT GOD BUT I'VE SEEN HIM A COUPLE OF TIMES. I SPOKE WITH HIM.

PETER KESSLER

WHAT DID HE SAY?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

HE PICKED ME.

PETER KESSLER

WHAT DOES HE WANT YOU TO DO?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

I CAN'T, I CAN'T, I CAN'T TALK ABOUT IT TOO MUCH BECAUSE I BREAK DOWN.

PETER KESSLER

TELL ME A LITTLE BIT.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

HE TOLD ME HE PICKED ME TO DO HIS WORK.

PETER KESSLER

WHAT IS GOD'S WORK CHICH?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

HMMM?

PETER KESSLER

WHAT IS HIS WORK? WHAT DOES HE WANT YOU TO DO?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

ALL GOOD THINGS ... FOR EVERYBODY.

PETER KESSLER

ARE YOU CRYING BECAUSE YOU'RE HAPPY ABOUT IT OR BECAUSE YOU FEEL YOU HAVEN'T DONE IT?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

I DON'T KNOW WHY I CRY.

PETER KESSLER

AND I'M NOT SURE THAT IT MATTERS AS LONG AS YOU FEEL, RIGHT?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

EVERY TIME I TALK ABOUT IT I CRY.

PETER KESSLER

DON'T CRY. LET'S GO AHEAD AND LIGHTEN THIS UP. WE WILL TALK TO ONE OF OUR VIEWERS WHO WANTS TO ASK YOU SOMETHING SILLY THAT WILL MAKE US LAUGH. LET'S SEE WHAT AL IN ARIZONA HAS... THIS BETTER BE GOOD AL

AL - CALLER FROM ARIZONA

CHI CHI WHAT AN HONOR TO SPEAK TO YOU SIR.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

NICE TALKING TO YOU AL.

AL - CALLER FROM ARIZONA

THANK YOU. UM ABOUT 5 YEARS AGO I HEARD YOU TELL A STORY UH ABOUT YOUR FATHER AND A BUNCH OF BANANAS AND A RATHER LARGE KNIFE WHEN YOU WERE LIVING AS A YOUNGSTER. THE GENTLEMAN CAME ACROSS THROUGH THE BACK YARD TO GET THE BANANAS INSTEAD OF THE FRONT DOOR?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

YEAH AL, WELL HE WAS READY TO STEEL OUR BANANAS AND MY DADDY TOOK ME BACK WITH HIM, I PROBABLY WAS ABOUT EIGHT YEARS OLD AND UH, UH MY DADDY TURNED THE LIGHT ON AND HE HAD HIS MACHETE IN HIS HAND AND UH, UH MY DADDY ASKED HIM, HE SAID WHAT ARE YOU DOING THERE. IT, IT MUST HAVE BEEN TWO, THREE O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING AND HE SAYS WELL IT LOOKED LIKE IT WAS GOING TO RAIN SO I, I WAS UNDER THE HOUSE AND MY DADDY WAS A VERY, VERY INTELLIGENT MAN AND HE LOOKED AT THE SKY AND THERE WASN'T A CLOUD UP THERE. ONLY STARS... AND HE WENT DOWN THAT STAIRWAY AND HE ASKED HIM TO GIVE HIM HIS MACHETE AND UH I, I FIGURED MY DADDY'S GOING TO WHIP HIM WITH THE MACHETE, YOU KNOW, TEACH HIM A LESSON. INSTEAD HE WENT OVER AND HE CUT THE BANANA BUNCH IN HALF AND UH HE TOLD HIM, HE GAVE IT TO HIM AND HE GAVE HIM HIS MACHETE BACK. HE SAID FOR NOW ON IF YOU WANT ANYTHING FROM BEHIND MY HOUSE, YOU COME THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR, TAKE HALF OF IT, JUST MAKE SURE THAT YOU LEAVE ENOUGH FOR MY KIDS.

PETER KESSLER

THAT'S A GOOD LESSON, ISN'T IT?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

THAT WAS, THAT WAS BEAUTIFUL ANTIDOTE. I THOUGHT THAT WAS INCREDIBLE.

PETER KESSLER

WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK. WE WILL COME BACK. WE WILL SPEND A COUPLE MORE MINUTES WITH CHI CHI RIGHT AFTER THIS. DON'T GO AWAY.

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