West Michigan Plunges To New Heights

As befits a team bearing the name “Whitecaps”, West Michigan has been
riding an unbelievable wave of publicity over the past several weeks.
Their Fifth Third Burger continues to be an object of nationwide —
nay, worldwide — fascination, to the point where opportunistic public
interest groups are generating national press simply by challenging its right to

But the Whitecaps have moved on. To this:

plunger.jpgIf you just thought to yourself, “Wow, that’s a 40-foot plunger located in left-center field of West Michigan’s Fifth Third Park!”, then I congratulate your remarkable ability to estimate an object’s height, location, and purpose. From the press release:

“The Penning Plumbing Plunger will help fans celebrate key moments during games. Located in left center field, the Penning Plumbing Plunger will move up and down and shoot water into the air after Whitecaps’ pitchers “flush away” the opposing team with inning-ending strikeouts.

“The concept was born from the challenge of coming up with creative ideas for Penning Plumbing,” said Whitecaps Vice President of Sales Steve McCarthy. “We had our hearts set on a giant plunger and even experimented with attaching one to the foul poles but the wind created stability issues. This is a much better solution.”

So…on behalf of lazy comedians everywhere, let me make the following observation:

That plunger is going to come in pretty handy this season, given that the Fifth Third Field stands are going to be filled with people attempting to eat a 1.6 pound burger!


Time for me to make a hasty retreat. As I do so, please distract yourself with this video of the plunger in action


  1. rrrt

    Speaking of plungers, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs are giving away actual plungers on May 18. Not sure why, tempted to go just to get one.
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