East Coast Bias

1_Phillies-Logo.gifMy Major League allegiances are entirely irrelevant to what I write here on the Biz Blog, but nonetheless I feel the need to make it clear that I am a fan of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Therefore, at this moment in time and space, most of my baseball-related thoughts are devoted toward the Fightin’ Phils and their quest to bring a World Championship to the city of Brotherly Love. I will not subject my readership to a treatise on my Phillies-related hopes and fears, however. That would be tacky.

What I can do is highlight a couple of Phillies affiliates in this post (or as I like to call them, “Aphiliates”). Yes, that’s going to have to do for now.

Less Than 17 Cents an Image! —
The Williamsport Crosscutters (the Phillies’ Class A Shortcrosscut.jpg Season affiliate) announced last week that their “Year in Pictures” cd is now available. This unique item contains the 100 best pictures taken by club photographer Dick Hostrander during the 2008 season, and costs $16.95.

From the press release:

The pictures include
game action as well as candid player and fan photos. All images
contained on the CD are full-size, high resolution jpegs with an average
file size of 1mb. The pictures are royalty-free and fans are welcome
to print and use the photos as they wish.

And, as Ron Popeil was so fond of saying — There’s More!

Fans ordering The
Year in Pictures
CD by December 31, 2008 will be entered into a
drawing to win one of five autographed baseballs.  Top prize is a
baseball autographed by Hall-of-Famer Goose Gossage.  Other prizes
include baseballs autographed by former Phillie pitcher Mitch Williams and
Crosscutters team-autographed balls.”

Bottom line is that is an interesting and unique souvenir item that the ‘Cutters are offering, and I’m surprised that it’s not something that more teams do. At the very least, a “Year in Pictures” cd is sure to be a hit with any market’s die-hard fans.

r-phils.gifToys, Tots, the U.S. Marines, and YOU! — Meanwhile, the Double-A Reading Phillies are gearing up for their 11th annual “Toys For Tots” charity drive and Christmas season kick-off. Like anything the R-Phils are involved with, this event is multi-layered and action-packed:

The right field food court will be the
focal point of the day’s festivities, as the Marines will collect new,
unwrapped toys and gifts to be distributed in time for the holidays to
less fortunate children, including the Children’s Home of Reading.

Among the highlights of the day will be the annual appearance of Santa
and Mrs. Claus. There will be complimentary hot chocolate, hot dogs and
soda. The stadium will be decorated in traditional holiday style and
seasonal music will be played over the sound system until 11:00 when
live music will be performed by “Axis”. For fans interested in donating
more than toys the Miller-Keystone Blood Mobile will also be open at
10:30 AM (no appointment needed). Reading Phillies mascots will also
appear throughout the day.”

In conclusion — Go Phillies!

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