Great Moments in Minor League History

vb2.gifYesterday was a momentous and historic day for Squeeze, the young mascot of the Florida State League’s Vero Beach Devil Rays. The anthropomorphic grapefruit made his national TV debut on ESPN’s Mike and Mike In the Morning radio show!

Well, perhaps it would be more accurate to say that a miniature facsimile of Squeeze made its national television debut. But that’s got to count for something, right?

Right? Who let all these crickets in the room?

Here’s what happened:

“The mascot’s bobblehead likeness was sent to the Mike and Mike show
by longtime Vero Beach stadium announcer Joe Sanchez. The Vero Beach
Devil Rays staff had long discussed the possibility of sending a
Squeeze bobblehead to the Mike and Mike show, but Sanchez made that dream a reality.”

See, its the determination and drive of people like Sanchez that makes America one of the top three dozen or so countries in the world (just kidding, of course…it’s the best). While his colleagues merely bantered about maybe one day sending a televised radio show a bobblehead mascot, Sanchez acted. And here is the result:

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See that circle in the bottom right-hand corner? That’s the Squeeze bobblehead. Florida’s favorite citrus mascot has finally arrived, and its all thanks to the diligent work of Joe Sanchez. Squeeze agrees:

“It’s really an honor,” said Squeeze via telephone from his grapefruit
grove home. “I really appreciate the folks at Mike and Mike making the
effort to put my bobblehead doll on their desk to share with the world
during the TV broadcast of their radio show. This is a big day for me,
and I thank the people at Mike and Mike, as well as Joe Sanchez.”

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