Ty Cobb is a Legend

tycobb_LR1 copy.jpgMemo 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.

Now, Cobb has been “traded” to the Lexington Legends, where he will work in the team’sanger-management.jpg marketing department. From the O-Royals’ press release:

“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.


  1. beesgal

    Hi Ben,
    Well, as ‘The Man in Black’ once pointed out in his song, you could have fared considerably worse. Perhaps your naming was prophetic of your future ability to tap out a comedic phrase, or 60 of them (at 25 words apiece).

    And surely you?re not sorry to be the namesake of the Fastest Milkman in the West? . . .BeesGal. . . 😉

  2. beesgal

    Curses, the filters have “de-spammed” my links. Here they are for your cutting-and-pasting pleasure. . .

    A Boy Named Sue

    The Fastest Milkman in the West

    And BTW, thanks again for the inspiration. Who knew ‘funny business’ could be so, well, d*mn funny?. . .BeesGal

  3. beesgal

    Huh? Sigh!

    Please add the ‘www.’ prefix to the following links (which I pray to heavens will show up this time):

    P.S.– Hello out there, blog monitors?
    The preview function keeps lying to me, ahem, . . .I mean, leading me to believe the URL links will show up in the final version. . . .BeesGal

    P.P.S.–Well, at least I’m generating a lot of blog traffic. :-/

  4. Benjamin Hill

    The preview function is the most dishonest of all functions, but I was able to access those links with no problem at all.

    The Fastest Milkman in the West brought a tear to my eye, (which is a sad comment on how easily I cry), while a Boy Named Sue is an undisputed classic. My favorite piece of trivia regarding that song is that Shel Silverstein wrote the lyrics.

    Thanks for the comment(s)!

  5. beesgal

    Omigod, LOL!

    It’s been decades since a college roommate and I listened to her album ‘Shel Sings.’ It had us rolling on the floor, it was so-oo funny. (www)youtube.com/watch?v=-p6kO3kZl4k

    Another memorable song was ‘Blue Eyes’ about a woman with a whole list of reasons why she couldn’t go out on a date, including. . .her 7-foot-tall boyfriend who carries a gun is coming to meet her, . . .her mom just waxed the floor so there were newspapers lying all over the place, and the best excuse of all, . . .the moat around the house is filled with alligators and has a terrible undertow. (www)kovideo.net/lyrics/s/Shel-Silverstein/Blue-Eyes.html

    Shel, of course, is more famous for his kids’ stuff, (www)shelsilverstein.com/html/ecards.html. Less well known was his sharp and sometimes dark social commentary for adults, again expressed through song lyrics and cartoons. (www)powells.com/biblio/1-9780060554309-1

    Two of my favorite C-W songs penned by Shel are ‘The Winner’ (www)youtube.com/watch?v=JRWlnv0_svU and ‘Numbers’ (www)youtube.com/watch?v=W5yJvtM04VQ often performed by Bobby Bare.

    Ben? You are a very odd man. . .(takes one to know one, I suppose) . . .BeesGal 😉

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