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Today, the organization announced the signing of 63-year-old Joe Kernan, an individual who makes Jamie Moyer look like a spring chicken. Kernan, a former South Bend mayor and, later, Indiana governor, currently serves as president of the South Bend Silver Hawks (the Diamondbacks Class A affiliate).
The surprise signing of the slugging sexagenarian was announced during the Silver Hawks’ “Your Town, Your Team” season preview event. As the club was extolling its amped-up community service efforts, a call came in from Diamondbacks director of player development Mike Berger. Coincidentally, the call just happened to occur while Berger was at the podium. I mean, what are the odds?
I’ll let the Silver Hawks’ press release take over from here:
[Berger] offered a one-day contract for Joe Kernan to once again play for
the Silver Hawks in the exhibition game against Notre Dame.
Joe, who played college baseball for Notre Dame, gladly accepted the
“I would be honored to suit up again,” Joe said into the phone. “I’m
willing to do anything to help the team.”
The “Silver vs. Gold” exhibition game, in which Kernan will attempt to vanquish his alma mater, is scheduled for April 5. The words “once again” in the press release excerpt may have tipped you off to the fact that this is not the first time that the former Governor has suited up against the Fighting Irish. These pictures from the 2008 “Silver vs. Gold” game show Kernan in action, ready to show those college kids that age ain’t nothing but a number:
As I’ve remarked many times before, one of the great things about Minor League promotions is that teams can stage just about anything at anytime. The flimsiest of explanations can be used to justify just about anything, and no one bats an eye (insert inflammatory political comment here).
Case in point — the South Bend Silver Hawks’ recent “1/2 Way to Halloween” promotion, in which fans and staff alike belatedly (prematurely?) celebrated that most beloved of pagan rituals. Where else but the Minor Leagues would this kind of stuff par for the course?
And now, without further ado…pictures!
Here’s a shot of the front office staff, in slightly different attire than usual (thanks to Mall Cop Jeff Scholfield for sending these pics along).
During the game, the costumed fans got to strut their stuff on the field:
Soon, it became time to meet the finalists:
Which led to the naming of the runners-up — easily the most attractive head-wielding zombie I have ever seen, and I’ve seen a lot in my day:
But no one could compete with this dude, the grand champion of the Silver Hawks’ inaugural Halfway to Halloween extravaganza (he should ask that country starlet for a date.They’d make a great match):
Normally, I’d spend an embarrassing amount of time trying to come up with a joke, so that the post could end on a high note. But today, there just isn’t the time.
If you want jokes, read this.
Thanks, and goodnight.
It was one week ago today that the South Bend Silver Hawks held an “Ugly Sweater Night” promotion. How it worked was simple — fans who wore ugly sweaters to the ballpark received free admission, with the owner of the ugliest sweater winning a pair of round-trip tickets courtesy of Allegiant Air.
This all sounds rather subjective. Cliches that apply in this situation include “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and “one’s man trash is another man’s treasure”. So what kind of sweater could unite the masses, causing one and all to deem it hideous?
Here’s your answer:
On an unrelated note, see that plaque on the far left? I have won a local version of that award every year since 1996, although I am told it has everything to do with my obnoxious disposition and nothing to do with my well-toned posterior.
In closing, here is a blurry shot of Ms. Ugly Sweater and a few of her closest competitors, flaunting their wardrobe atrocities atop the dugout. I like that kid on the far left, posing with his hands in his pockets like this is the kind of thing he does every day:
If you have any Minor League news, Ugly Sweater-related or otherwise, then you know what to do:
Last week, I wrote an article on South Bend’s “Josh Collmenter Mustache Awareness Night”. This fine piece of probing investigative journalism ran in conjunction with my weekly “Promotion Preview” column, and was bolstered even further by a meticulously curated photo gallery of prominent Minor League mustaches as well as a fan poll.
I cannot take credit for the latter two features, as putting together such a wide array of mustache-related content was a team effort that involved many of MiLB.com’s greatest minds. But that is neither here nor there. What is “here” is that Josh Collmenter Mustache Night occurred last Wednesday, and I would like to provide a brief recap of this evening of sartorial splendor.
Silver Hawks’ director of sales and marketing Amy Hill reports that the event was “fantastic”, and that there was “perfect weather, a great crowd, and plenty of mustaches.” The promotion drew a reporter from a local television station, who provided the following coverage (scroll down a bit and click on “Watch the Video”)
A wide array of Silver Hawks players participated in a pre-game “best mustache” contest, and the winner was Derrick Walker. Unfortunately, I do not have an up-to-date photo of the 22-year-old right fielder. I imagine that his mustache has improved somewhat since this MiLB.com file photo was taken: