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Casey at the Blog

This past August, I wrote an article for MiLB.com about Minor League player turned Major League actor Casey Bond. The one-time Giants prospect, now 27, hung up his spikes after the 2009 campaign and soon thereafter began a new life as a Hollywood thespian.

Bond’s big break came when he was cast in the film adaptation of Moneyball (now out on dvd) playing undervalued submarine pitcher Chad Bradford. This put him in close proximity to the Hollywood A-list (a scene with Brad Pitt!), and represented a significant step upwards in his still-fledgling acting career. Moneyball has since been nominated for six Academy Awards — including best picture, best actor (Pitt), and, of course, best portrayal of an unorthodox middle reliever — so now seems to be as good a time as any to catch up with Bond and see what’s been percolating in his post-Moneyball life.

Photo: Peter Hurley

Ben’s Biz: Last we spoke, Moneyball had yet to be released. What has been your reaction to the film’s critical and commercial success?

Casey Bond:The response to the film has been AMAZING.  We are all so proud to have been a part of a film which has brought in so much success, not just in a box office standpoint, but also now in award nominations.  We picked up a Critic’s Choice Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, were nominated for numerous Golden Globes, SAG Awards, and now for six Academy Awards.  I truly hope that we can pick up as many awards as possible along the way, as people have really gravitated toward this film, and it deserving!

BB: Speaking of awards, will we be seeing you walking the red carpet at the Oscars?

CB: [T]he plans for that are not yet determined.  However, I did attend the festivities for the Golden Globes which was quite an astonishing event.  I was fortunate enough to mingle with most everyone in the industry, and many that I grew up watching on the big screen.  It was quite a night.

Bond as Bradford

BB: How has your life changed since the film came out? Ever been stopped on the street by awestruck Chad Bradford fans?

CB: It has been a ride I would never give up.  This film as led me to so many great opportunities, and wonderful people…. I was actually stopped in the gym yesterday by a really nice fella who first off asked me if I was an actor, and my “Yes, sir” answer was followed by him simply saying, “What a great film…you did a great job.”  Personally, I love meeting new people and learning about their story. As opposed to some, I love it when people come up and say something to me.

BB: Speaking of Bradford, any chance that you’ll break back into professional baseball as a submariner?

CB: As far as breaking back into professional baseball as a submariner, I would NEVER count me out!  I’m obviously going to continue to put my efforts into the entertainment industry, as this is where I have been led and need to be right now, but don’t get caught with your back turned because I still go out and throw.  That will always be a part of me, and I am still young, so you just never know.  Not to mention that I really do have a great feel for this whole submarine thing once I get on the mound.  I don’t know why, it just seems to work.  It would be quite a marketing ploy for a team to pick me up right now about too…wouldn’t you agree?

Bond, as Bradford, with Moneyball author Michael Lewis

BB: In addition to plotting an improbable comeback, what else have you got lined up? Anything currently in development?

CB: Currently, I have been working on producing a film.  That has been at the forefront of my efforts, and its coming along quite well.  I wish I could tell you more on that subject, but it’s simply too early to discuss at this point.  Believe me, I will certainly let you know when we are far enough along to release more information on the project.  I am definitely excited about making it happen though!  If anyone wants to check in on some of the latest happenings, feel free to check out my Facebook page for all the latest updates.

So there you have it, folks: the latest update from Bond. Casey Bond. He’s certainly riding one of the more interesting ex-Minor League player career arcs out there right now, and I do enjoy following those sorts of stories. If YOU have any recommendations as to who else could be featured on this blog, then of course don’t hesitate to get in touch.



Flippin' Out At the Winter Meetings (Pt. 1)

Regular readers of this blog are used to my familiar combination of text and pictures, but today I’m gonna Flip the script.

Utilizing a heretofore unknown amount of technological savvy and perseverance, I am able to bring you a series of Flip Cam interviews from the Winter Meetings in Orlando. Our first subject is a man who I have gone out of my way to champion — stuntman Ted Batchelor. Speaking from his booth at the Trade Show, Ted explained how he hopes Minor League Baseball will play a large role in his fiery 2011 goals.

Moving from fire to guns, I was very pleased to see the latest offering from the self-explanatorily named tshirtguns.com

It’s a stress ball-shooting gatling gun! Mastermind Tim VanderBerghe explains.

And, finally, I feel compelled to spread the word when it comes to Huppo (pronounced Hoop-o). Could it be the Subtle Butt of 2011?

Perhaps Chafe Utley can endorse this product, or maybe they can use the music of Mary Chafin’ Carpenter as a soundtrack to their commercials.

I’ll have more Flip Cam interviews tomorrow, after arriving back within New York City’s comforting embrace. I’ll close with this anonymously submitted picture, featuring a Winter Meetings job seeker crashed out in the Swan lobby. I think we’re all feeling this way:


And now I’m off to the annual Winter Meetings Gala, for all the free food and drink I can handle. For those in the industry, this will be your last chance to tell me how great this blog is. Please, my ego needs fuel for the dark and lonely months ahead.

Thanks for everything, Orlando. Over and out from the Coronado.


A Young Fan Enjoys His Golden Years

Thumbnail image for baysox.jpgBeing handed a bobblehead upon entering a stadium is all well and good, but such a means of acquisition is hardly challenging.

In recent years, more ambitious fans have taken part in team-run bobblehead scavenger hunts. These competitions require skill, cunning, and commitment, requiring participants to decipher website clues and then travel to a specific location in order to track down a hidden bobblehead.

The Bowie Baysox have been pioneers in this emerging field, regularly stashing “golden bobbleheads” in well-concealed public locations. The first fan to find it receives an array of prizes, including team merchandise, game tickets, and the opportunity to throw out a first pitch. Their most recent contest featured the “Golden Matusz“:


The individual who discovered this coveted bobble was young Ben Griffith (posing here with his father, Clif):


Ben is a bobblehead scavenger hunt prodigy, as he also discovered the “Golden Louie” in 2008. In order to shine some light on what it takes to advance to the top of the field, he took the time to answer a few questions via email. 

Ben’s Biz Blog: First the Golden Louie, now the Golden Matusz.
What led to this desire
louie.jpg to locate hidden bobbleheads, and how did you become so
good at it?

Ben Griffith: Well, my dad saw the Golden
Louie on the website and located the clues. Then we worked very hard and found
the Louie. I thought it would be exciting to get the opportunity to have all
the rewards and throw out the first pitch.

BBB: Are there any specific strategies or preparation
techniques you use when it comes to these scavenger hunts?

BG: My Dad says it’s important to find the clues as soon as they come out.

BBB: For those who have not been fortunate to find a
golden bobblehead, can you explain how it is different from a normal one? Is it
made of real gold?

BG: It’s not real gold
but it looks similar to real gold but not as shiny. It’s different because it’s
one of a kind…and it’s gold.

BBB: Have you made any friends (or rivals) while
looking for the bobbleheads? Do fans recognize you at the ballpark now?

BG: Yes. We’ve met Mr. Tom (Sedlacek,
Communications Manager for the Baysox) a couple times and he’s been very nice
to us. Some of the workers remember me from when I found the Golden Louie.
BBB: Any plans to retire, or will you be participating in the team’s next contest?

BG: My Dad says we should retire but I want
to keep going.
matt golden.jpegBBB: You must be a baseball fan in addition to an excellent scavenger hunter. Who
are your favorite team and players? Do you play baseball?

BG: My favorite team is the Orioles. A lot
of my favorite players used to play for the Baysox, Matt Weiters, Nolan
Reimold, Brad Bergensen, Lou Montanez, Jason Berken, Chris Tillman and of
course Brian Matusz. My most favorite is Brian Roberts. I do play baseball.
I’ve been playing since I was 5. This is my second year playing for 2 teams at
the same time. I play on a select team where I am the only 9 year old and all
my teammates are 10. When I grow up I want to be a Major League Baseball