St. Lucie Has Nothing But Glove For Michael
I am knee-deep in that which I do not understand, attempting to figure out the ins and outs of my new Sony “Webby” camera. Once this task is complete, Ben’s Biz Blog will elevate to a new level of coverage — original photos and video direct from my various Minor League wanderings. Please, contain your excitement.
So, yes, posts on Lowell, Vermont (and, very belatedly, Lehigh Valley) are coming very soon. In the meantime, I thought I’d share some pictures and info from the St. Lucie Mets’ recent “Michael Jackson Tribute Night”. From the press release:
Fans were treated to a completely Michael Jackson-themed
night as the Mets staff and mascot, Slider, donned white gloves and sunglasses.
Anyone wearing a white glove received free admission to the game as did anyone
named Michael or Jackson. The game was tipped off by a very special line-up
exchange as Mets manager Tim Teufel, Palm Beach Cardinals manager Tom Spencer,
and both umpires all exchanged handshakes in white gloves. In addition, the
players’ usual walk-ups songs to the plate were replaced by the hits of Michael
Jackson…The standard in-field contests were replaced or tweaked to
follow the Michael Jackson theme. “Mets Trivia” became “MJ Trivia,” the “Frozen
T-Shirt Contest” became the “Frozen PJ Contest,” and musical chairs was played
by the “Jackson 5,” who fittingly wore afros as they circled the chairs. But
perhaps the most entertaining contests were the “King of Pop” soda-chugging
contest and the “Moonwalk Mania”-a dance-off on top of the Mets’ dugout.
And now we move on to visual evidence. Here’s the line-up exchange:
It is fitting that Tim Teufel was the manager, as the former New York Metropolitan was known to have a signature dance move of his own. From Wikipedia:
Throughout his career, Teufel was also known for his batting stance,
the “Teufel shuffle”, in which he wiggled his hips back and forth
before the pitcher’s delivery.
Teufel was also a threat on the microphone, as anyone who remembers his rap on the 1985 classic “Metsmerized” can attest:
“I’m Tim Teufel, Let Me Begin/By Saying I Was Once A Twin/I Made the Move and it Just Feels Right/I’m been Metsmerized and I See the Light.”
Michael may have been the King of Pop, but Teufel is the King of Rapping Florida State League Managers. That’s got to count for something, right?
At any rate, this photo illustrates why I should really make a point to visit St. Lucie sometime:
I just love dog mascots!