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Thursday, February 02, 2017

Marvels of Engineering, Monuments to Kitsch: Ballpark Wonders, Oddities and Attractions

The Bat. The B&O warehouse at Camden yards. ‘The Big A’ at Angel Stadium. Those special flourishes, details, or attractions that make each ball park unique and serve as local touchstone (the guitar-shaped scoreboard at First Tennessee Park, home of the Nashville Sounds) or national icon (the ivy at Wrigley). Some are wonders of engineering (Safeco Field’s retractable roof); others are monuments to kitsch (the bobble head museum at Marlins Park). Some are awe-inspiring (the desert vistas at Camel Back Ranch-Glendale), while others are just annoying (the drummer at Cleveland’s Progressive Field).

gehrig97 Posted: February 02, 2017 at 10:05 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: books, bull durham, cleveland, green monster, mascots, miller park, wrigley field, yankees

Saturday, August 27, 2016

The San Diego Chicken Heads Into a Sunset

Erin Blank, the owner of Keystone Mascots and a former Detroit Tigers and Washington Capitals mascot, added, “We wouldn’t be doing what we do today if it wasn’t for him.”

Giannoulas’s business model was always to go where a laugh was appreciated. For years, he pursued them relentlessly, spending up to 260 days on the road.

These days, thanks to the unpredictability of travel and a desire to enjoy life in San Diego, Giannoulas stays still — or what, for him, passes for still. He hit 11 ballparks in July and August.
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He looks uncertainly to the future, unsure about appointing a successor or retiring the character that has been his alone for decades. But he does know one thing.

“It’s not the end,” he said before the tour, “but I can see it from here.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 27, 2016 at 10:42 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mascots, san diego chicken

Friday, August 26, 2016

How Youppi! Canadiens Keep Expos Spirit Alive

“There were some instances where you saw Youppi! on the pocket schedule or the media guide as opposed to some of the players.”

With that in mind, the Canadiens bought the rights to Youppi! from MLB, creating a permanent link between the NHL’s most storied franchise and its bygone MLB neighbor. After 96 seasons without a mascot, the Habs handed Youppi! a hockey sweater and introduced him as an official team representative at a news conference on Sept. 16, 2005.

A month later, Youppi! performed on skates for the first time as part of a pregame ceremony, and former Expos stars Gary Carter and Andre Dawson raised a banner honoring the departed baseball team at Bell Centre. The banner identifies the four players whose jerseys were retired by the club—Carter, Dawson, Tim Raines and Rusty Staub. Fans who attended the game received a glossy program tracing the history of the Expos.

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: August 26, 2016 at 01:43 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: canada, expos, hockey, mascots

 

 

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