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In Which Roast Beef To The Face Leads To An Epiphany

arby.jpgI’ve written about the Reading Phillies a disproportionate amount this season, but for good reason.Whether it’s Broccoli Marriage, Celebrity Karaoke, or tributes to hot dog throwers, interesting stuff just keeps happening over there.

Things like, oh, I don’t know: THE FUNNIEST MINOR LEAGUE VIDEO OF THE YEAR.

“Roast Beef Initiation” deals with the unique pressures of being the Arby’s Roast Beef RBI guy at Reading’s FirstEnergy Stadium (more on that HERE). It stars reigning Eastern League Player of the Week Tagg Bozied and slugger Matt Rizzotti (now with Lehigh Valley), and this duo wrote the script as well. Helping to bring their vision to fruition was R-Phils video director Andy Kaufman, who, like me, has had to go through life with the same name as a famous comedian.

Please, devote the next 288 seconds of your life to this:

I hope to speak to Bozied at some point in the near future, but thus far we’ve been playing phone “Tagg”. Perhaps I’ll reach out to Rizzotti as well — the public would like to know if his scorching stats while with Reading (.361, 16 HR, 67 RBIs over just 77 games) were the result of having been hit multiple times in the face with a roast beef sandwich.

The public wants to know this, right? Anyone?

benjamin.hill@mlb.com
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A Return to Fertile Soil

tippingpoint.jpgThere are 160 teams in the world of affiliated Minor League Baseball, and I do my best to cover them in as fair and equitable a manner as possible. But, inevitably, some teams receive more coverage than others.

I’ll let others be the judge of why this may be so (east coast bias? bribery? laziness? the randomness inherent in all aspects of existence?). My reason for bringing this topic up in the first place is simply because, yet again, I am going to devote a blog post to the Lakewood BlueClaws and Trenton Thunder. Regular readers are aware, of course, that these two teams have recently gotten more than their share of coveted Ben’s Biz Blog publicity.

Well, here’s some more.

Let’s start with the BlueClaws, who announced today that they will be sponsoring a bowling league. I am a huge proponent of the sport (which, nouveau Brooklynites take note, should be enjoyed unironically), and therefore eager to see this idea catch on throughout the Minors.

As befits such an occasion, the BlueClaws launched into a series of bowling-related puns as a way to promote this endeavor. From a post today on the BlueClaws blog:

“Have some spare time? Want a great way to split up the work week? Then don’t strike out.bowl.gif Join the new BlueClaws Bowling League!”

The blog also provides a link to “funny team bowling names“, which is something I can definitely get behind. Here’s a my own list of baseball-inspired bowling league names:

The Hook-y Leagues
The Liberal Strike Zones
Hall of Framers
Bowl Durham
Slow Rollers
The Split-chell Report

Man, that was harder than I thought it would be. I didn’t do a very good job at all. All that I can do is offer my customary “kudos” to the team in question and move on….

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for trenton_logo.GIFTo the Trenton Thunder, who are staging a unique and very worthwhile memorabilia auction. Throughout the season, clubby Tom “Tonto” Cackley collected memorabilia from a wide array of Thunder players (including rehabbing big leaguers) as well as special ballpark guests. Now, he’s auctioning all of these items on eBay, with proceeds benefiting the Domestic Violence Project. 

There are 87 (!) items available. Listing them would be rather redundant; simply click HERE and see for yourself.

Finally, I’ll be writing up a new offseason edition of “Promotion Preview” tomorrow, covering the next two weeks. Please get in touch with information on any and all Minor League events that are taking place during this time.

Thank you in advance for getting in touch. And thank you retroactively for reading. 

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

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