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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

More pranks    

Spring training: It's wacky! I don't have a whole lot to say about this, but I do find it pretty fascinating. It's no Giles brothers wackiness, by any means, but it's pretty odd.



  • If anything, this is more normal than fascinating. The exact kind of normal stuff that they shouldn't be ashamed to brag about doing.

    Even with the ever-expanding comedic resume of guys like Portis and Arenas, there's a LOT of money being left on the table by teams who stifle their teams' personalities. People eat this shit up.

    Growing up, the once-in-a-blue-moon blooper reels of Red Sox players getting a Barbasol pie in the face always, ALWAYS killed me. I loved seeing them screw around.

    What do I remember about Pedro? 1) best pitcher I've ever seen, and 2) funniest dugout act I've ever seen. You haven't lived until you've seen Pedro walking around in Jim Corsi's pants.

    Look at Kevin Millar. That guy sucks. S-U-C-K-S. SUCKS. He has no business playing major league baseball, and yet not only does he have a career, but Sox fans still like him, even after two Dante Bichettey, albatross-esque seasons in a row. Why? Pranks. (I wish him ill for sucking, of course, but I understand people who don't.)

    Who's the most lovable player in basketball? Arenas, the guy who clowns around.

    Who's the most lovable player on the Redskins? (I mean besides Fred Smoot.) Portis, the guy who clowns around.

    That's not even getting into the celebrity that can result from a hilarious commercial. I'm sure, Jesse, that as a Mariners fan you can appreciate a funny-ass commercial.

    I'm rambling. I guess my point is that a) this probably happens twice a week for every team in baseball; b) teams' PR departments can't control this kind of thing, so they don't encourage it nearly as much as they should, because c) people friggin LOVE it.

    By Blogger Jeff, at 10:51 PM  

  • Yeah, you're right. And if anything, the media hype about this stuff reflects that pretty easily. My concern is that the most likely outcome of your line of thought is a lot of coverage of inane, not-naked, not-slightly-creepy pranks/bets. And I don't want to have anything to do with that. If they're not going to tell me about the really bizarre stuff ballplayers do, then I'd prefer edifying coverage, thank you.

    By Blogger Jesse, at 12:44 AM  

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