Bribes and Goodbyes

Thumbnail image for qcriverbandits.gifJust last week, I mentioned the fact that the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL were going to be staging “Blagojevich Night”. As part of this promotion, the team will take to the ice wearing prison uniforms, and an open seat between the player’s benches shall be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Upon mentioning this item, I lamented the fact that such an imminently promotion-worthy scandal had occurred in the baseball offseason. Because what’s the point of scandal if it can’t be capitalized on by a Minor League Baseball team?

Fortunately, the Quad Cities River Bandits have stepped in to fill the void. Yesterday, the clubbob evans.jpg publicly endorsed Director of Baseball Operations Bob Evans for Illinois’ still-vacant Senate seat. Whether they were moved to take this action as a result of my blog post is beside the point, because I’m just going to assume that they were. Why else would I have gotten into the blogging game anyway, if not to erroneously validate and promote my power and influence within the industry?

I’m sure not doing it for the money, as my paycheck currently comes in the form of concession stand vouchers and discontinued team merchandise.

Anyhow, forgive me these moments of self-indulgence. The 2008 blogging year is reaching its end, and I am finding it hard to say goodbye. So to return to the River Bandits, here are some samplings from yesterday’s press release:

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The team is offering the Governor quite a bounty for the
vacant Senate seat, including four club season tickets – featuring private wait
staff delivering food and beverage orders directly to fans’ seats – as well as
two nights in a luxury suite at Modern Woodmen Park, and advertising for the
State of Illinois on the brand new LED ribbon board that will be installed this
spring.

“I feel honored that the River Bandits have selected me as
their choice for United States Senator and am confident that I will be a great
asset to the state government,” said Evans, 65, as he spoke from his Moline
home. “As an usher, greeter, concession stand worker, salesman and little
league coach, I’ve worked with Illinois
baseball fans for decades. I know what people want. Also, I’ve worked with a
lot of umpires here at Modern
Woodmen Park
and I know I make better calls than most of them.

So congratulations to the River Bandits for getting in on the action, and using the Blagojevich scandal to generate a little bit of Holiday time publicity. Now, it’s my turn to get in on the act, with the just-conceived “Ben’s Biz Blog-ojevich Promotion.”

The first person to bribe me with complimentary words about my blogging skill will, in return, get a free post on this here blog (600 word max). It can be about anything you want, provided it passes muster with both myself and MLBlogs’ draconian Standards and Practices department.

benjamin.hill@mlb.com

Well, that’s it for me, guys. I truly thank everyone who has made this blog a regular destination over the past year, and I look forward toward bigger and better things in ’09.


And, this holiday season, remember the things in life that are truly important:

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7 Comments

Where do I sign up to endorse Bob Evans? Any one with a restaurant named after him SO be a senator!

Happy Holidays!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com

Where do I sign up to endorse Bob Evans? Anyone with a restaurant named after him should be a Senator!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com

So congratulations to the River Bandits for getting in on the action, and using the Blagojevich scandal to generate a little bit of Holiday time publicity. Now, it’s my turn to get in on the act, with the just-conceived “Ben’s Biz Blog-ojevich Promotion.”

The first person to bribe me with complimentary words about my blogging skill will, in return, get a free post on this here blog (600 word max). It can be about anything you want, provided it passes muster with both myself and MLBlogs’ draconian Standards and Practices department.

Ah, Benjamin, you are a god among bloggers–your posts provide a tropical island of wit, humor in a sea of chilly dregs. Your recently displayed skills for finding and posting video clips are rare indeed. Seeing a new post with your name on it brings a tear to my eye. What’s this blog about anyway? . . . ;-) BeesGal
P.S.–OK, seriously, I second Lisa’s description–“No column on this site makes me laugh more that Benjamin Hill’s weekly promotion column (sorry guys), so no surprise that his blog is awesome as well!”
P.P.S–Sorry Jonathan and Lisa! (But hey, I might get a blogpost out of this. . .ssshhh! Don’t tell anyone.)

BTW, doesn’t this make the total posts featuring “Taco in a Helmet,” three?. . .BeesGal Ha, ha, ha! :-D

Several things:

1. What if Evans actually won?

2. I need to try Taco in a Helmet.

3. Ben, what are your favorite Minor League team blogs? I keep up with the Brooklyn Cyclones and Lexington Legends, but what are some others that are good and kept up-to-date?

4. How do we go about lobbying for some Minor League layouts for these blogs? We need to hit that up…
http://theconsumptionof.mlblogs.com

‘Copycats in Buffalo’
International League category

lvironpigs.wordpress.com

Thanks for the comments, everyone. It looks like Bob Evans won’t get his chance to represent the fine people of Illinois, at least for the time being.

The results of the Ben’s Biz Blog-ojevich contest will be announced shortly. Don’t let the suspense kill you, because then you will be dead.

Joey touches on several interesting things in his comment. I agree that Minor League layouts would be an excellent addition to MLBlogs, and I’ll look into that.

And, Joey, it’s a small world. After visiting your (excellent) blog, I learned that you are an intern with the Huntsville Stars. Well, before becoming the GM of the Stars, Buck Rogers served in that capacity for the Brevard County Manatees. The Manatees play at Space Coast Stadium — the HOME OF TACO IN A HELMET.

So, Joey, your boss should therefore be familiar with the Taco in a Helmet. Lobby him to bring this innovation to Huntsville, because there is no reason why his former employer should hog all of the Taco in a Helmet glory.

Best of luck with this endeavor, and keep me updated.

As for other interesting team blogs, I’ll address that in a post very shortly.

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