A Stu-Pendous Compendium

It’s been a busy week here in the MiLB.com offices, as there was not one, not two, but THREE logo unveilings. Of these three it was, of course, the El Paso Chihuahuas that got the most attention.  Read all about it HERE and follow that up by reading about the new logos that will be sported by the Arkansas Travelers and Charlotte Knights in 2014 and beyond.

I more or less keep my opinion out of the MiLB.com pieces, reverting instead to industry sycophant status, but once all is said and done I’d like to get some logo discussion going on this blog. That would be fun, right? For now, however, we shall return one last (?) time to the subject that has dominated October: noteworthy in-season endeavors that I didn’t get around to writing about during the season itself.

We’ll begin with the New Britain Rock Cats, who last appeared on this blog due to their “Kitty Growl Awesomeness.” This time around, director of creative services Mark Milligan reports the following:

Rock Cats pitching coach Stu Cliburn struck up a friendship with the press box crew this season and it resulted in some interesting products that made him into sort of a cult hero in New Britain.

Attached are 2 of his ‘headshots’ that we used. 

“Red, White, and Stu”


“Red, White, and Stu 2: Electric Stu-galoo,” the inevitable sequel:



But that, of course, is not all. It never is. The Rock Cats then crafted a video entitled “Red, White, and Stu,” which was popular enough to merit a sequel.

Moving on, remember last month when I wrote a post that featured a veritable cornucopia of cow-milking pictures? No? Well, here’s the link.  This post prompted long-time reader Ed Pellegrino to write in with the following anecdote, which is well worth sharing.

Back in the early days of the Miracle being at Fort Myers, in the mid-1990s, there was a lot of vacant land around the Lee County Sports Complex. A nice tax trick was keeping the land zoned Agricultural by moving grazing animals around every couple of days from lot to lot.

The Florida State League is notorious for the summer storms and it would be a sure sign of a delayed game when the cows visible from the top of the bowl would lay down. It would indicate a storm coming soon. It wasn’t uncommon for the pace of the game to increase once Bessie was down.

If you have anecdotes to tell, content to share, comments to make, or guest posts you want to write, then get in touch. I strive to make this particular slice of the internet as interactive and personable as possible. But as for today, this is all I’ve got. Thus concludes Ben’s Biz Blog post #996.



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