Schmitty

LORELAI: Goalie for the bagel hockey team?

RORY: And bump Schmitty?

LORELAI: Schmitty’s over the hill, he’s washed up …

If Rory is referring to a real person named Schmitty, rather than an imaginary one, it can only be former baseball star Mike Schmidt (born Michael Schmidt in 1949), often referred to as “Schmitty”. He played 18 seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies between 1972 and 1989. A twelve-time All-Star and three-time winner of the Most Valuable Player Award, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995. Sporting News named him Player of the Decade for the 1980s.

I feel as if Rory made up an imaginary Schmitty, but Lorelai recognised it as the name of a baseball player, hence why Lorelai rapidly jumps to baseball references.

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