Memo to future parents: If you would like to give your child a leg up in the dog-eat-dog world of Minor League Baseball front office employment, then make sure to name him (or her) after a Hall of Fame ballplayer.
For an example of just how much of an edge this simple technique can provide, consider the case of young Ty Cobb.
Mr. Cobb worked as a marketing intern for the Omaha Royals this past season, his first in the world of professional baseball. Unlike most interns, he was immediately given his own blog, so that fans could read up on the experiences of Ty Cobb as he learned the ins and outs of Minor League Baseball. Then, later in the season, Cobb was honored with his very own night at Omaha’s Rosenblatt Stadium. Fans received special Ty Cobb baseball cards, and were able to get autographs and pose for pictures with the man himself.
“In exchange for the young Cobb, and in the spirit of the late Hall of Famer with the same moniker, the Royals will receive a bottle of
Maker’s Mark Kentucky Bourbon, a box of cigars and a copy of the 2003 film ‘Anger Management.'”
You know, I have gone through my whole life with the name of “Benny Hill”, and no one has ever traded me for a bundle of goods associated with the late British comedian. I find this very disheartening, but I haven’t lost hope that one day this may occur.