MLB Baseball News
It’s a well-known fact that sports fans will buy just about anything related to their favourite teams and players. This notion will be put to the test once again when fans of the New York Yankees will be able to buy dirt that shortstop Derek Jeter has walked on. This of course isn’t just any old dirt. It will be collected from the infields of the ball parks that the retiring Yankees’ skipper has played on.
The marketing scheme was thought up by Steiner Sports, which is the official collectibles firm of the famous baseball club. Steiner Sports will be selling plaques which feature a capsule filled with dirt from the infield of Yankee Stadium. Again, this isn’t just any old dirt though since it supposedly comes from some of the legendary player’s most famous and historical games.
Most pro sports teams in North America have some type of mascot on hand at their games to keep the kids happy. The mascot is usually some guy decked out in an animal uniform with a big removable head. Over in Chicago, there’s an unofficial mascot roaming the streets near Wrigley Field, which is the home park of Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs. This furry fellow is known as ‘Billy Cub,’ but he’s not associated with the ball club in anyway and is basically an unofficial mascot.
It appears Billy Cub has been hanging around the Wrigleyville area for seven years now and many visitors and casual fans just assume he’s the team’s mascot. The Cubs have asked Billy several times to move on, but haven’t had any success in getting rid of him. They’ve now decided that enough’s enough and have filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court to have the unauthorized mascot removed from the area. The lawsuit is against Patrick Weier, John Paul Weier, and three other unnamed people who have allegedly portrayed ‘Billy Cub’ over the years.
Many sports fans think things are getting a little ridiculous these days in this overly politically-correct world. Over in America we’ve seen pro sports clubs such as the NFL’s Washington Redskins and the Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Indians of MLB labeled as racist due to the names of their teams. The clubs themselves along with their fans point out that the nicknames of the squads are obviously in honour of native Americans since no sports team would name themselves after somebody they don’t respect.
In Cleveland, the local baseball club is known as the Indians and its mascot and logo is Chief Wahoo, which is basically a grinning, big-toothed caricature. Over the years complaints about the name and the logo have been made by Native American activist groups, but according to Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, nobody has complained to him about it. Selig was asked about the issue during the league’s annual All-Star break and he claimed that the Cleveland franchise has conducted several studies and polls over the years and the club said there isn’t a problem.
There’s good news for beer-drinking baseball fans in America as Target Field in Minnesota, the home of the American League’s Minnesota Twins, now has self-serve beer machines on hand. This new machine is the very first in Major League Baseball and it was recently introduced to thirsty fans by serving up several types of beer such as Budweiser, Bud Light, Goose Island 312 Urban Pale Ale, and Shock Top Lemon Shandy. The machine was also available at the Major League All-Star Game in Minnesota on July 15.
However, since underage drinking could lead to a problem at the ball park, those who want to take advantage of the popular suds dispenser need to purchase a card for $10 or $20 from one of the stadium’s concession workers. This worker will check the person’s identification to make sure they’re of legal drinking age. Once a fan has paid for a card they can buy 48 ounces of beer every 15 minutes. Of course, these beer cards could still find themselves in the hands of minors since there’s no way the machine knows the age of the user.
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