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I’ve got lots of Minor League news items to share with the masses, and like a fair-minded mother I love each item equally. Nonetheless, I can’t help but lead with THIS:
The West Michigan Whitecaps are soliciting original ideas for new food items to be
served at Fifth Third Ballpark this season. Starting Wednesday, January
20, fans can submit their ideas and thoughts online regarding what new
food items they would like to see served at Fifth Third Ballpark this
Some of the more unique concessions items served in the past include
Deep-Fried Twinkies, Caesar Salads, Deep-Fried Pepsi, Apple Cider
Floats and the Fifth Third Burger, which garnered international
attention with its debut last season and will remain on the menu in
And who could forget the Fifth Third Burger, that meaty monstrosity that just last March helped turn yours truly from an obscure blogger to a slightly less obscure blogger?
If YOU would like to submit a concession idea to the Whitecaps, then read on:
Ideas for new items will be taken through February 8 and
submissions can be made through the Whitecaps facebook page
(facebook.com/wmwhitecaps), the Whitecaps Twitter page
(twitter.com/wmwhitecaps) or via e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org. All submissions should be accompanied
with a description and a picture, if possible.
Starting February 9 fans will be able to vote for their choice on the
new 2010 concessions items. Voting will take place on the Whitecaps
website, whitecapsbaseball.com, and will end February 23.
I came up with an idea of my own, and if I can reconcile it with the laws of physics as well as societal mores then I will definitely submit it.
“Pants on the Ground” has become a certifiable cultural phenomenon, to the point where even Brett Favre is doing deeply unfunny renditions of it. And when a cultural phenomenon occurs, you best believe Minor League teams are going to jump on board. Kudos, then, to the Greensboro Grasshoppers for being the first team to create a video that references General Larry Platt’s masterpiece.
for the 2011 New York-Penn League All-Star Game. The winner recieves an All-Star Prize Pack as well as “a lifetime of bragging rights.” More details can be found HERE.
Proceeding Into the Abyss From Which There Is No Return — MLBlogs released its 2009 rankings today, and yours truly (me, in other words) finished 21st in the “Pro” category. This represents a significant step up from 2008′s #49 ranking, so thank you very much for reading. It is my ultimate goal to become #1 overall, not just within MLBlogs but the entire internet.
Beyond Forever — A little known fact is that I regularly churn out articles for MiLB.com. Recent offerings include pieces on Gwinnett County’s new GM, Haiti relief efforts, and a new edition of “Roadtrip“. Thanks, again, for reading.
Oh, and one last thing — Over the past several weeks, many clubs have posted pictures of their ballparks covered in snow. That was so early January, however, and teams that are “in-the-know” have moved on to the next trend: candid shots of fog enshroudment. Behold Trenton’s Waterfront Park:
And with that, I bid you farewell.
Readers of this blog may recall that, prior to the World Series, the Yankee-affiliated Trenton Thunder and Phillie-affiliated Lakewood BlueClaws staged a “Choose Your Champ” contest. The premise was simple: fans had to submit their World Series predictions, including winner, number of games, and eventual MVP. The fan with the winning entry was to receive an all-expenses paid trip to Opening Day 2010, at the expense of the team affiliated with the World Series loser.
For those of you may be unaware (newborns and the Amish, essentially), the Yankees won the World Series in six games and Hideki Matsui was MVP. But despite the fact that over a thousand people entered the ‘Choose Your Champ’ contest, no one picked all three of these occurrences. So, the Trenton Thunder resorted to Plan B: a mascot-abetted random drawing. Just try to contain your excitement while watching this Hitchcockian masterpiece of sustained suspense:
Congratulations to Princeton paralegal Marc Rosenthal, whose ability to have his name drawn out of a batting helmet remains unparalleled. The BlueClaws blog caught up with Rosenthal this morning, as befits a journalistic entity of uncommon tenacity. Click HERE to read Rosenthal’s thoughts on emerging victorious in this hotly-contested duel of World Series prognosticators.
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“How are New Jersey’s Minor League teams going to capitalize on this match-up?”
Within 24 hours, that question was answered. And thank goodness, because I had been losing sleep over the matter.
The Trenton Thunder and Lakewood BlueClaws are jointly staging a “Choose Your Champ“ contest, in which they are asking fans to submit World Series predictions (including winner, the number of games, and series MVP). Whomever makes the most accurate prediction will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the 2010 home opener of this year’s champion.
This is all explained in more detail HERE, so the only thing that I will add at this juncture is to submit your prediction to email@example.com
So now on to the most important matter at hand: MY prediction.
The World Series MVP will be Cliff Lee, who will allow one run over 17 innings en route to two victories over CC Sabathia (suggested headlines: “Simp-Lee Magnificent”, “Lee Stings”, “MV-Lee”, “Lee Sends Message to Yankee Hitters, CCs it to Sabbathia”).
I am done prognosticating, because I am an unabashed Philadelphia fan and it is therefore very Clifficult for me to do this objective-Lee. But I will close with the three most pressing items on the comprehensive “World Series Wish List” that I drafted yesterday evening while in an insomniacal stupor:
1. That fans of BOTH teams dial it down in regards to the angry tone of the trash talk. There seems to be no distinction anymore between passion and boorishness, and I have become disgusted at the level of obscenity that is tolerated (and, for the most part, encouraged) in the stands. Won’t somebody think of the children?
2.But speaking of trash talk, here’s hoping that the New York Post continues to engage in nonsensical front-page Philly-bashing. Rumor has it that they are going to follow up yesterday’s image of Victorino in a cheerleader’s outfit with a picture of Ryan Howard in a tutu.
3. Finally, and most importantly, I hope that this whole “World Series in November” thing never happens again. I often wake up sweating, out of breath and out of sorts, after dreaming that Game 7 of the World Series was played on November 5 in a 30-degree freezing rain. This is followed by the chilling realization that this disturbing vision could easily come true, and I spend the rest of the night pacing back and forth while singing the chorus of “Glory Glory Hallelujah” to calm myself down.
Here’s to a memorable World Series, one that we will be telling our grandkids about
due to the fact that they had to go to bed well before the games were over. And Go Phillies!
More often than not, “More is More” is a superior promotional philosophy. That was certainly the angle taken by the Trenton Thunder during last month’s “Weird Contest Week”, as the club staged off-kilter competitions over three consecutive ballgames and marketed it as a 72-hour exercise in absurdity.
Tuesday, August 18 was “Mustache Night”, featuring free admission for those with upper lip hair. The facial hair of prominent New York Yankees was celebrated throughout the ballgame, and a “best mustache” contest was staged as well.
The winner of what must have been a heated competition was Mr. Andy Aupperle, who sported an angular look of style and precision:
Is it just me, or does Aupperle look like a better-groomed version of Phillies pitcher Joe Blanton?
It’s okay…you can say it’s just me.
Meanwhile, other fans extended the definition of mustache to include both “pasted-on words” and “discarded dreadlock”. And by “other fans” I mean “this particular family”:
The Thunder have 44 photos from this evening posted on their webpage. While this one doesn’t have anything to do with mustaches, I still feel compelled to share it:
I believe that the top and bottom layers of that sandwich contain pork roll. I am a fan of pork roll, on levels both edible and anthropomorphic.
At any rate, the above fan would have been more at home during part II of “Weird Contest Week”, as the team staged a hot-dog eating contest. Observe this well-crafted short film:
Congratulations to winner Chad Heidel, who is employed by the team as a group sales account representative. As one can see from the video, Heidel’s victory resulted in instant celebrity status. Currently, “Chad Heidel” is surpassed only by “Kanye West”, “Patrick Swayze”, and “Tom Brady Sux” when it comes to the most common internet search engine queries.
Meanwhile, I find the nonchalance of this hot dog disturbing. He is overseeing the massacre of his own kind:
The third and final “Weird Contest” was August 20th’s “Rock, Paper, Scissors” competition.
It was the gentleman above who emerged triumphant, a gentleman who goes by the name of Tim Ukaj (I’m going to go ahead and assume that his theme song is “We Will ‘Rock’ You”). Here, Mr. Ukaj basks in the glow of victory:
That trophy doesn’t appear to have anything to do with “Rock, Paper, Scissors”, but there may be some subtle details that my all-too-human eyes are unable to discern.
Either way, I like that the Thunder took three common Minor League promos and bundled them together in order to create a whole greater than the sum of its parts. Hopefully other teams will build on this concept, so that one day we may be blessed with “Weird Contest Month”, “Weird Contest Year”, and, finally, “Weird Contest Entirety of Existence.”
More is more.
Nonetheless, several teams have recently announced their 2009 promotional schedules. This simple act serves as a soothing balm to my troubled soul, reminding me and others like me that happy times will soon be here once again.
Let’s take a look at what a few of these promotional early birds have in store for us all.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs — The turnstiles clicked and whirred at a stunning pace last season, as the IronPigs drew over 600,000 fans to Coca-Cola Park in their inaugural campaign. But now, the honeymoon is over. Fans this year will be a bit more discerning, so the club has found a variety of ways to lure the crowds to the idyllic environs of the baseball diamond. Here are three promotions that caught my eye (and you know how painful that can be):
April 15 — Tax Day, w/ team logo checkbook cover giveaways.
June 25 — FeFe the Mascot bobblehead doll giveaway (Fe is the symbol for “Iron”, in case you somehow didn’t know that most basic of facts).
June 29 — Italian Heritage Day w/ Pizza Cutter Giveaway
New Hampshire Fisher Cats — Between this, this, and this, the Fisher Cats have been very much in the Ben’s Biz Blog radar as of late. Well, it continues. Here are three highlights from their 2009 promo sked:
July 23 — Splash Day (this is a Fisher Cats tradition. In a recent “At Home With” column, media relations director Mike Murphy explained it as such: “Our staff dresses up as lifeguards, we set up a dunk tank, and by
partnering with area fire departments, we have “wet zones” where the
fire department spray hoses into the air, dousing specific areas of the
park to offset the heat of the summer.”)
August 7 — Crazy Burger Challenge (your guess is as good as mine…)
August 9 — Manchester Monarchs Cap Giveaway (sweet, sweet synergy with the local minor league hockey franchise)
Trenton Thunder (the only club to be honored on the floor of the New Jersey State senate this offseason)
May 11 — Championship Canvas Giveaway
May 12 — Ketchup and Mustard Dispenser Set Giveaway
August 12 — Austin Jackson Action Photo Paperweight Giveaway (action photos and paperweights…together at last! Also, I believe that clips from “Action Jackson” should be shown on the videoboard on this most special evening).
Well, this concludes today’s installment of arbitrary promotional listings. Hey, teams, if you have released YOUR 2009 promotional schedule then please do not hesitate to get in touch:
Remember, in the cutthroat world of Minor League promotional gurus, no one wields more power than I.
This year’s truncated edition of “Meet the MacPhails” has come to a close, and I’d like to thank award nominees the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Peoria Chiefs, Fort Myers Miracle, and State College Spikes for participating.
None of these teams actually won the MacPhail trophy, however. The ultimate victor was none other than the Ogden Raptors of the Pioneer League. For more info on them, please refer to this recent article, which headlined the latest edition of MiLB.com’s bi-weekly “Minoring in Business” feature. See? I’ve got my bases covered, just like I was an infield tarp or some other such base-covering device.
But — rust never sleeps, a rolling stone gathers no moss, and a mud elephant wading through the sea leaves no tracks. In other words, time to move on to the next topic!
Here’s a topic that caught my eye this morning — and you know how painful that can be!
The resolution was proposed by Senator Shirley Turner (15th Legislative
District) to honor the Thunder’s accomplishment of winning back-to-back
Eastern League Championships.”
The full press release can be found here, but the text I quoted above is pretty much the gist of it. Now, on one hand I know that a “ceremonial resolution” isn’t good for much of anything. One of those and 75 cents will get you a cup of coffee, maybe.
But, you know, it still had to feel pretty good nonetheless, the chance for Thunder front office staff members to enter the hallowed halls of the New Jersey State Senate in order to take credit for a job well done. And it got me thinking — I would like to be recognized by my State Senate, for maintaining this fine blog. It is one of the internet’s premier destinations for information on Minor League Baseball promotions and operations, after all.
But, it would be kind of classless for me to lobby the New York State Senate for this honor, wouldn’t it? That’s where you come in. Please take a moment to email my representative, Martin Malave Dilan, in order to tell him that a blogging genius lives in his district who should be honored with a ceremonial resolution on the senate floor.
One day, and one day soon, I shall bask in the state-sanctioned glory that is rightfully mine.
In advance, I thank you for your support.
Or do they?
As many of my readers are no doubt aware, the NBA’s Seattle Supersonics franchise is relocating to Oklahoma City for the 2008-09 season. And with the move comes a new name: the Oklahoma City Thunder.
That’s all it took for the great minds of the Trenton Thunder front office staff to swing into action:
“The Trenton Thunder are now offering a complimentary ticket to any
Seattle Supersonic fan.
To receive a free ticket, fans must stop by the
box office at Waterfront Park and be wearing their Seattle Supersonic
hat, jersey, t-shirt or other merchandise. Each Seattle fan will
receive one free ticket based on availability.
‘We just want to help ease the pain for Sonics fans worldwide and offer
them a night of fun with the Thunder here in Trenton,’ said Thunder
General Manager Brad Taylor. ‘We can’t blame Oklahoma City for choosing
the best nickname in all of sports and certainly wish them well.’”
The Thunder win some creativity points here, but I’m not really sure how these Sonics fans will have their pain eased by watching another team named “The Thunder.” Wouldn’t this be the exact sort of thing these fans would wish to avoid?
After all, if your girlfriend ran off with a guy named “Joe”, you wouldn’t go to “Joe’s Pub” to drown your sorrows, or try to distract yourself by watching the 1996 serio-comedy classic “Joe’s Apartment“. No! You’d avoid all Joe-related cultural ephemera like the plague. That’s what you’d do!
I think it would make more sense if the Thunder offered ticket discounts to everyone with Oklahoma drivers licenses, and/or to fans wearing the apparel of Oklahoma City sports teams. After all, it is these individuals who will be most receptive to watching the Trenton Thunder as they prepare for the inaugural season of a Thunder of their very own.
Perhaps I am mistaken in these views. If any of my usually non-commenting cadre of loyal readers would like to weigh in with their opinions, I would very much like to hear them.
And, regardless, kudos to the Thunder for a creative, attention-grabbing promo.