Reading’s Gnome-Field Advantage

One of the 2010’s most memorable Minor League giveaway items was the Reading Phillies’ Ryan Howard Garden Gnome.

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This bearded base-stander garnered a lot of attention, not all of it positive, but it was a bona fide hit with the fanbase. And when something’s a hit, a sequel usually results.

“Ryan Howard Garden Gnome — Version #2,” will be given away as part of the R-Phils’ big Opening Night ceremonies on April 14. Here’s a glimpse:


The Howard gnome’s searching, soulful gaze will have a lot to take in on April 14, which will be the first game at Reading’s FirstEnergy Stadium after a a $10 million renovation project. But will anything going on that evening be able to top the gnome itself?

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The most spectacular gnome-related piece of news is this, from the press release: All fans that enter on Opening Night
will receive a free entry form, and one lucky fan will take home this one-of-a kind Life-Size Ryan Howard Garden Gnome estimated to be 550 pounds!

Pictures of this quarter-ton woodlands slugger are not yet available, but I promise that Ben’s Biz Blog will have them as soon as they are available. My livelihood depends on being able to make such promises.

It’s mightily hard to follow news of a 550-pound gnome giveaway, but something’s got to. Staying within the confines of the Keystone State, the Altoona Curve have finally bequeathed a name upon their new engineer mascot:

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This chiseled tracksman will henceforth be known as “Tenacious Casey” (aka Tenacious C), making him the first mascot with a name influenced by a comedic rock and roll duo. The Curve do not acknowledge Jack Black specifically, however. Sez the team:

The name pairs the adjective, tenacious, used to describe someone who ispersistent in maintaining, adhering to or seeking something valued or desired, with Casey. Casey pays homage to Casey Jones, who was legendarily one of the most tenacious engineers in American railroad history.

Either way, it seems that a “Family Guy” cameo is in Mr. C’s future:

Overalls, it’s a pretty good look.

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