Tagged: Pandering

Contempt For Offseason Expressed Comedically at Regular Intervals

frez.jpgI really and truly do my best to highlight as many teams as possible on this blog. I really do. The more the merrier, is what I always say. In fact, I just said it, as I typed the previous sentence.

But some teams are bound to receive more coverage than others, because some teams are always coming up with attention-grabbing stunts. One such team is — you guessed it — the Fresno Grizzlies. So here we go again with yet another Fresno Grizzlies’ post.

Yesterday, the club unveiled the premiere episode of “I Hate the Offseason”, a weekly web series that will run throughout this Minor League Baseball-deficient time of year. The show will deal with all aspects of front office life, but it is really about the American city, and about how we live together. It’s
about how institutions have an effect on individuals, and how whether you’re a player, a GM, an umpire, a seasonal employee, a scout or a fan, you are ultimately compromised and must contend with
whatever institution you’ve committed to.

Just kidding. In the above paragraph, I just appropriated a quote from David Simon in whichpark.jpg he talked about his show The Wire. But, if the first episode of “I Hate the Offseason” is any indication, then it will be better than The Wire. None of the characters in that show were mascots.

Watch the first episode at fresnogrizzlies.com — NOW!  And while you’re there, sign up for the club’s “Bear Bytes” newsletter so that future episodes are delivered straight to your inbox. And, now, without further ado, a few more facts I would like to convery:

— The Grizzlies are one of 10 teams who have been nominated for MiLB.com’s “Promotion of the Year.” Vote for your favorite now! Voting ends on Wednesday, at which point I hope at least 10,000 people have made their voices heard. As of Thursday afternoon at 3:47 p.m., the total stands at 2,327. 

— The “Promotion of the Year” article has resulted in a massive spike in traffic here at Ben’s Biz Blog. Yesterday, in fact, was the most successful day in the history of this blog. Thanks for visiting, and please check back each and every day for the rest of your life. Or mine, whichever ends first.  

— Readers, both new and old, are encouraged to get in touch with any and all Minor League news. Contact me at benjamin.hill@mlb.com

A Heartfelt Plea

your_vote_counts_button_3.jpgIt hardly seems possible, but some of you may not have seen my 2008 Year-end Promotions Review. It is located right here.

In the article, I nominated 10 promotions for the coveted title of
“Promotion of the Year”. The winner will be decided by a fan vote,
which means one thing, and one thing only: VOTE!

This means you! Vote! When all is said and done, I would like to see at
least 10,000 votes cast. I think this is a distinct possibility, since
many of the nominated teams have already launched their own promotional

In the early-going, a fierce three-team battle has emerged between the Lancaster JetHawks (Skateboard Giveaway), Fresno Grizzlies (Mascot Showdown) and Quad Cities River Bandits (Tattoo Night). But this one is far from over, and its going to go down to the wire.

So, please, once again: Vote! This is very important to me, as my worth
as a person is entirely based on the success of Minor League Baseball
fan polls.

Don’t let me down, America.