Ruth: This is what a professional athlete’s body used to look like.
Lance: When I was competing, I probably trained for hours and hours each day and watched everything I ate.
Ruth: I also watched everything I ate. Watched myself eat it!
Ruth: Also watched everything I smoked and drank and fucked.
[Ruth laughs a hearty fat man’s laugh and lights a cigar.]
Ruth: Not many people can claim to be one of the best athletes in history and then have John Goodman play them in a movie.
Lance: I would almost definitely be played by Matthew McConaughey in a movie.
Ruth: And you said you were famous for riding a bike, right?
Lance: I was actually one of the best bicyclists ever, but nobody really cared about that. And then I got cancer, and then I beat cancer, and then became the best bicyclist again, and then everyone cared a lot.
Ruth: That’s when you started banging Sheryl Crow.
Lance: Exactly, that’s when I started banging Sheryl Crow.
Ruth: I never did anything that heroic. Although once I told a kid in a hospital that I was going to hit a home run and then I hit like three home runs. It saved his life.
Lance: You would think medicine would have saved him.
Ruth: You’d think, but all it took were the home runs.
Ruth: People think of me as being a Yankee, but first I was on the Red Sox.
Lance: And then they traded you and got cursed.
Ruth: Yes, the Red Sox traded me to the Yankees and now people from Boston hate all New Yorkers.
Lance: Especially the Jewish ones.
Ruth: Yes, especially the Jewish ones.
[Ruth takes a bite of a Baby Ruth and offers some to Lance.]
Ruth: Would you like a bite of this candy bar? It was most likely named after me.
Lance: I feel like it wasn’t named after you, but was actually named after someone’s daughter or granddaughter whose name was Ruth.
Ruth: That sounds right, but neither of us can remember that story exactly, so let’s just say it’s named after me.
Lance: The Payday bar is definitely named after the day of the week when one receives their paycheck.
Ruth: And Lou Gehrig’s disease is named after Lou Gehrig.
Lance: You probably played with him.
Ruth: Probably. I know Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris were later than me. Joe DiMaggio could have played with me, too, but maybe he wasn’t born until after I died. There’s no way to know these things.