From: Subject: Date: April 21, 2005 3:53:51 PM CDT Hankblog

Wednesday, May 05, 2004


Repent for the apocalypse is nigh...

As part of a marketing alliance between Major League Baseball Properties, Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, webbed logos of the upcoming film "Spider-Man 2" will appear on bases and on-deck circles in 15 stadiums of teams playing host to interleague games June 11-13.

You know, I'm not such a purist that I don't think there can be ads at the ballpark. I mean look at photos of the old parks. The outfield walls are plastered with ads everywhere. I don't even have too much of an issue with parks selling naming rights to the stadiums. People who say it wasn't like that in the old days forget that back then, the man who had the money to own a team usually was the company, or rather the corporate identity.

But this has got to be the most idiotic, mind numbingly stupid thing I've ever heard of. Every time baseball seems to be making some kind of progress towards getting a better foothold in the marketplace, it goes and does something boneheaded like this. Attendance is up something like 23% over this time last year. What should we do? I know...let's do something that will piss off the true fans so they won't watch, won't come out, and bring those numbers back down. After all, prosperity is a bad thing, isn't it.

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I really need a drink right now.