So, my Minions closed this year with their Dubai Superseries Finals’ title and a new world record: the first Men’s Doubles pair who ever won 7 Superseries titles in a calendar year 😭❤
Oh, and they won BWF Male Player of the Year 2017 too.
I’ve had the faith that they’re gonna win it all.
And they did.
And they totally deserve it.
Their perseverance and hard works.. semangat juang dan sikap pantang menyerah di lapangan.. dan terlepas dari Sinyo (Gideon) yang cedera leher dan bahu di hari pertama di Dubai tapi memutuskan untuk terus bermain…
You made us very proud, Minions. Super duper proud.
But what’s kinda shocking me is what comes after that. Karena Minions juara dan memecahkan rekor dunia, liputan dan berita mengenai mereka jadi banyak banget, and it finally came to… *eng ing eng*
Dari mana nama julukan Minions berasal?
I mean, my Twitter followers (I guess) knew about it since long time ago, dan dulu pernah ada tulisan tentang ini juga di Merdeka.com, LINE Today, plus tweet mimin Djarum Badminton yang baik hati dan tidak sombong, hehe.
Badminton World Federation juga beberapa kali menggunakan nickname ini di artikel mereka.
But this time… it’s really a hoo-ha 😱💕
I woke up to this article last Monday, and almost got a heart attack. Hahaha.
Kompas is one of the biggest (or it is) Indonesia’s news portals and I got my name mentioned there? Totally jaw-dropping.
The next day is even more overwhelming, as Kak Putra Tegar from CNN Indonesia (who is my favourite sport journalist, o-em-jiii) contacted me and ask if we can have an interview about Minions’ nickname.
Trying to pinch and telling myself that it is real, we did the interview and the articles (yes, I got 2 articles 😱💕) were written magnificently heartwarming (as always) by Kak Putra Tegar.
Oh my, I’m so happy I can burst into tears of joy. Not because of myself, but because all that Kevin/Gideon have achieved and I, somehow, considered as a (tiniest) part of it.
I’m nobody. I’m just a badminton lover who happened to came up with the nickname and apparently people like it because it resembles Kevin/Gideon perfectly (mini, but super-fast and attractive, lol).
But while I still had the goosebumps, on the same day, I saw my Twitter notification tab got exploded by mentions from my followers…
What is this? 😱😱😱 I made it into national TV’s prime time new program? And they said I got my social media profile zoomed there? TV???
So when I reached home that evening, I searched for the news on YouTube and here you go… (videonya gue cepetin di bagian yang ada guenya, tapi lo bisa nonton berita tentang Minions di beberapa menit sebelumnya)
Goks. Super duper goks 😳
Luckily, I didn’t put any alay pic on my Twitter. Thankfully, they screened a tweet about Minions there, not the tweet about my curcol abis-ini-bakal-ditinggal-nikah-idola *ya kaleee*.
But still, never once in my mind I imagined that it would go this far. I’m good with seeing Minions playing happily and winning titles… I am content. The spotlight is theirs. After all, it’s about their achievements. Nickname Minions juga ga bakal ada tanpa tokoh utamanya: Kevin/Gideon 😚
Nevertheless, thank you, buat semua yang ikut mempopulerkan julukan Minions. Ikut RT, quote tweet, mention kalau ada gue “nyelip” di berita, heheu. Dan makasih banyakkk untuk semua media dan account yang sudah menulis tentang julukan Minions. I really appreciate that 😭❤
Semoga nama Minions bisa terus menjadi berkat dan mengharumkan nama Indonesia ya.