Results tagged ‘ Modesto Nuts ’

Coast to Coast Canned Meat Carving

Spam.jpgOne might think that I’ve already fulfilled my Spam Carving blogging quota for the 2010 campaign, and that additional posts on the subject would be gratuitous at best and offensive at worst.

Well, one would be wrong. For I have received a copiously detailed missive from the wilds of Northern California, documenting in painstaking detail the canned-meat sculpting competition that was recently staged by the Modesto Nuts. This momentous event made it clear that Spam Carving can thrive within West Coast ballparks, far removed from its Reading, PA origins.

Nuts’ director of marketing and public relations Christa Parr explains that the competition was comprised of five one-person “teams”, who had “20 toothpicks, a knife, a fork, salt and pepper packets, and 30 minutes to make their greatest Spam carving epiphany a reality.”

This Spam competition, like all others, began with the sound of the preservative-laden product oozing out of its restrictive confines:

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And after the 30 minutes of intense artistic concentration were up, here is what had been created.

Team 1: “I’m With the Band”

I call this a “Spamplifier”:

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Team 2: “The Party House” 

Parr notes that this work was created by a 10-year-old, who thoughtfully constructed a house-sized giant next to said house.

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Team 3: “The Mystery (Meat) Machine”

It may be unclear from the picture, but the artisan behind this one actually constructed roadside scenery (including trees and a billboard).

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Team 4: “Spam Stonehenge”

Parr relayed an anecdote about how an onlooker criticized Spam Stonehenge, noting that it “had been done to death.” I’d like to think that I contributed to this perception, having featured a “Stonehenge-looking thing” in a previous Spam carving blog post.

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Team 5: “Untitled”

My own title for this is “Lobster God”.

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I would have voted for “Lobster God” as my favorite, but unfortunately I was not in attendance. As it turned out, The Mystery (Meat) Machine earned top honors, with Party House edging out Spam Stonehenge in a closely-contested race for second.

80% of the competitors, along with 80% of the Spam creations:

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That’ll do it for this, my latest round of Spam Carving coverage. I’ve got some excellent, non-Spam content lined up for the next two days, but after that the well is dry. Fill it up!

benjamin.hill@mlb.com
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Slugging Saints, Bored Broadcasters, Horse Hoarders, and Tulsa Troubadors

zephyrs.jpgThis past Wednesday, the inaugural “Heath Evans Charity Softball Game” was held at Zephyrs Field in New Orleans (home of the New Orleans Zephyrs, natch).

The event featured Evans and a whole slew of his New Orleans Saints teammates, but it was Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees who stole the show. The multi-talented QB hit home runs from both sides of the plate during the home run derby portion of the evening, and then bashed another one during the game itself.

Somewhat inexplicably, no professional-grade video seems to exist of Brees’ batting barrage. But a few amateur cinematographers documented it to the best of their abilities, as seen here:
 

From the right:

And during the game:

Moving on from baffling under-documentation to copious over-documentation, the Modesto Nuts recently released a video that details just how maddening (and interminable) rain delays can be. Absurdity levels are off the charts on this one:
 

And speaking of absurdity, the Lakewood BlueClaws have been releasing videos that are jam-packed with groan-inducing puns and shameless sight gags (meaning that inclusion on this blog is guaranteed). Meet “D-Bo”, who provides a joke-filled tour through the ins and outs of the team’s upcoming homestand:
 

Finally, the Tulsa Drillers are one of many teams to stage a local variation of “American Idol”. This recently released video illustrates a dramatic disparity among the talent levels of the various contestants:
 

It might be hard to say goodbye to yesterday, but it sure is easy to say goodbye to today.

Until we meet again, I remain: 

benjamin.hill@mlb.com
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