Two Good Ideas and Then A Picture of Food

A common water cooler topic amongst baseball fans with access to water
coolers and the inclination to use them is this:

“If you were a
professional baseball player, what would your walk-up music be?”

The
Tulsa Drillers recently put that question to members of their own front
office, resulting in a quick and funny YouTube video:

– But to return to the main topic of “interesting and easy-to-adapt ideas”, the Tennesseesmokies.gif Smokies have a good one in the form of their “2010 Starting Line-up Challenge.”

A good friend of mine, whose name rhymes with “Chess Varese”, will explain things from here:

Now through the end of March, we’re giving you the chance to win
$1,000 by correctly guessing which Smokies will be starting on Opening
Night…April 14. You will only need
to guess which nine players will be starting in the field (and which
position in the field you think they will be starting at); you do not
have to also guess where these nine players will be batting…Now we know that our 2010 24-man roster won’t be announced until early
April. So a little research may be involved on your end to come up with
the nine Smokies players you think will be starting on Opening Night.

This contest works for three reasons:

1. It involves the promise of cold, hard cash.
2. The promise of such cash will spur fans to familiarize themselves with this year’s crop of players.
3. This desire to learn about the players will serve as an incentive for fans to check out the team’s web, Facebook, and Twitter pages for more information about what’s been going on in Spring Training.

It’s a chain reaction of positive publicity that once again proves that money is the be all and end all.

– I apologize. Here it is this late in the post and I haven’t written anything about food. Let me rectify this grave oversight by mentioning that the Toledo Mud Hens unveiled their new 2010 food items yesterday. This highlight of this array of culinary delights is the Fifth Third Fanatic Freeze, consisting of 15 scoops of ice cream and an array of toppings. 

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This massive concoction will be served at a concession stand with the peculiar name of Casey’s Creamery/Taco Hut. In my humble opinion, this establishment needs to start serving THIS immediately.

You don’t even need to click on the above link to know what it will be. It’s Taco In A Helmet. I always link to Taco In A Helmet. It’s just what I do. And — look! — here it is yet again: 

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There is no escape from Taco In A Helmet.

benjamin.hill@mlb.com
twitter.com/bensbiz

1 Comment

If I played baseball, my walkup song would be the CSI: Miami intro. (“Won’t Get Fooled Again” — The Who) I love that scream at the beginning.

I might even make some clever comment and then slip on a pair of shades right before they announce me to get the full effect.

“Looks like it’s time for a…” *put sunglasses on* “…sac bunt.” YEEEEAAAAAOOOOOWWWWW!!

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