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The previous post to have been published right here on this little slice of the internet that I call my professional home featured a bevy of ostensibly quality videos from the 2013 campaign.
[cue sound of a needle scratching across a record]
What a needlessly convoluted sentence that was! What I meant to say is: let’s start this post with some more videos.
Specifically, I’d like to highlight this A+ effort out of Daytona. The weather in that city can be quite intense, to say the least, turning tarp pulls into a harrowing battle with the elements. This preview is rated MM for “meteorological mayhem:”
The intro to the above video shows clips of several notable “tarpocalypse” videos from seasons past (at least one of which was featured on this blog). Well, this one outta Ogden can now be added to the ranks:
Oh. but calamity can befall ballpark denizens in a multitude of ways. This season Lansing Lugnuts broadcaster Jesse Goldberg-Strassler emerged as the nation’s pre-eminent chronicler of press box laptop foul ball casualties. To wit:
— Benjamin Hill (@bensbiz) August 2, 2013
Let’s take a closer look. First up is L. Tyler Murray of the Dunedin Blue Jays.
— L. Tyler Murray (@LTylerMurray) August 2, 2013
Next, we have a MUST-READ ACCOUNT of foul ball laptop terror (complete with an absolutely uncanny audio clip), courtesy of Winston-Salem’s Brian Boesch.
For the record, Winston-Salem’s aforementioned “The Dash Board Blog” is easily among the best team blogs in all of Minor League Baseball. Broadcasters looking to raise their writing game would do well to scroll through its ample archives.
And then there’s Goldberg-Strassler’s 2013 broadcast partner, the inimitable and on-the-rise Slavko Bekovic.
— Slavko Bekovic (@SBekovic) May 11, 2013
And wait, what’s this? Yet another example of foul ball lap top destruction? Yes, it’s true, and this one is live and direct from Great Lakes.
— Great Lakes Loons (@greatlakesloons) August 31, 2013
Speaking of Mr. Goldberg-Strassler, during the season he anchored a weekly podcast called “Around the Nest.” In this podcast he talked to every broadcaster within the Blue Jays farm system (himself and Bekovic included), so that they could share their expertise regarding that particular team. The end result was a thorough farm system overview, all in the course of a single broadcast.
A replicable idea, no?
This has been Ben’s Biz Blog post #992. Ben’s Biz over and out.
Well, the moment you’d (presumably) all been waiting for has arrived:
I must admit that I find it amusing that the Wahoo has a hook in his mouth. Wouldn’t that imply that death is imminent, despite the determined demeanor?
No! According to the press release, this “tenacious” Blue Wahoo is shown “breaking away from a fisherman’s line.” He has lived to scowl another day.
The cap logo features “a Blue Wahoo circling a baseball bat forming the shape of a ‘P’ for Pensacola.”
The logo’s color scheme is described thusly Neon Red, Gulf Coast Royal, Blue Angel Navy, and Tin Roof Tin make up the club’s official colors, celebrating the textures and colors of the Emerald Coast. The Blue Wahoos are the first sports team to adopt Neon Red, a tribute to the neon signs that illuminate Pensacola’s beachfront establishments.
It seems that quite a few people aren’t buying this “neon red” terminology, however, at least if Facebook and Twitter rumblings are to be believed. Why not call it “Pensacola Pink”?
The team says that “many” alternate logos will be unveiled in the coming months, but at the moment the only one available features the aforementioned hook (presumably after it has broken away from the tenacious Blue Wahoo).
The logo was designed by
Plan B Branding Brandiose, that recently re-branded branding company. These guys have to have one of the most bizarre-sounding client lists in all of professional sports: Blue Wahoos, Storm Chasers, IronPigs, Flying Tigers, BayBears, etc. Clearly, Minor League Baseball is a world all of its own.
And apologies for the extreme tonal shift, but obviously the big story in the world of baseball today is the stabbing death of Mariners outfielder Greg Halman. I’m currently working on a story that will feature the thoughts and recollections of those who knew him in the Minors. If you have something you’d like to share then please get in touch ASAP.
– The Florida State League’s Dunedin Blue Jays are doing their part to make sure that area Little League teams get to experience a true professional baseball atmosphere, thanks to their “Jays on the Road” program. From the press release:
“The Dunedin staff will be armed with a high-tech sound system,
microphones, and in-game promotions that are done nightly at Knology
Park. The Jays plan to turn the average little league game into a fun
and exciting professional baseball game!”
“Jays on the Road”, which may or may not have been inspired by this recent stunt, kicks off tonight, and will continue throughout the season.
A Close Shave — Last week, Huntsville Stars General Manager Buck Rogers announced that if attendance at Friday’s game surpassed 5,000, he would let a lucky (?) fan shave his head at the conclusion of the contest. The night’s attendance turned out to be (drumroll, please) 4,812. Come on Huntsville — if the chance to see a front office executive get a haircut won’t bring you out to the ballpark, then what will?
Dodd Stadium Goes Under the Radar — Last week, the Connecticut Defenders debuted the “General Dynamic Electric Boat Submarine”. This underwater military apparatus/t-shirt cannon will patrol the field at Dodd Stadium every home game, piloted by an honorary t-shirt shooting captain. Of course, the submarine is missing just one thing — another drumroll, please — a name! The sub’s official christening is scheduled to take place on May 9. Until then, the Defenders are running a “Name the Sub” contest at Dodd Stadium.
Promo Of the Day — At the risk of being redundant, I’m going with the Altoona Curve yet again. Tonight is “Salute to Forgotten Presidents”. From the press release (spoiler alert!):
“Fans coming to Blair County Ballpark will be privy to information that nine U.S. Presidents did
not attend college (you’d be shocked at the list of names). Also being revealed
this evening will be the factoid that James Buchanan was the only
President to originally hail from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the only
unmarried man to occupy the White House. In addition, the most portly of all
U.S Presidents, and the first to throw out a ceremonial first pitch prior to a
baseball game, William Taft, will make a special appearance during one of
the between-inning contests during the game.”
Additionally, any fan who shares a last name of a U.S. President will get into the ballpark at half-price. It is worth noting that just one player in tonight’s game between the Curve and the Akron Aeros has a presidential last name: Altoona infielder Shelby Ford.