Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Qs & A-Holes

I know what you're saying. But I can't spell that noise vomit makes so I won't attempt to capture it with words. Now that you're done booting at the mere sight of Reggie Jackson's face, I know what you're saying again: Why is Mr. Cocktober on your blog? Well, I got the 6" x 10" card at left in the mail today. I usually buy tickets to a game at the Dunbar Dwelling each year, so the following year I'll usually get the annual mailing from the Yanks. That's what I assumed this was. Okay, whatever, I'm used to it. Then I looked closer. "Why the hell did they put that Blue Jays' logo on there? Wait, why the hell did they put the Blue Jays' stadium seating chart on the back? What a royal fuckup..." Then I used the ol' noggin to figure out what was going on. That's right, the card was sent by the Blue Jays!

Beep, beep, beep--back up a second. Why would any team send out a mailing with another team's player on it? Turns out the Jays are having a promotion where you can, by purchasing a multi-game package, attend a Q & A with Reggie Jackson before the Torontonians' Memorial Day match-up with the Yankees. Uh...okay. My next thought after reading that was, "Okay, I have a New York address. Maybe they're bringing in a legend from each visiting team, and then promoting him to fans in that team's city who, like me, had bought tickets from the Jays the previous year." But I'm guessing that's a little, uh, not-at-all-feasible. Or maybe it is only Reggie, but only people in the New York area were sent the card.

Regardless of all that, this still stinks. I have accused the Jays of being pro-Yankee before, what with the former Skydome's gift shop having an entire Dunbar merchandise section and all. (When I say "and all" I mean "the time the Yanks clinched the playoffs at Skydome on the last day of the '95 season and they set off fireworks and granted they were probably pre-scheduled but still they could've waited a few freakin' minutes...") But this is ridiculous.

Does any Jays fan want to see Reggie Jackson on the front of a mailing from their own team? Or any Yankee for that matter? Couldn't they have gotten George Bell? Where the hell is Lloyd Moseby? Why is Reggie Jackson the centerpiece of the 2007 Blue Jays? And why do they feel the need to attract the other team's fans, especially over their own, none of whom give a shit about Reggie Jackson? And even in that case, they're doing it before a Yankee game. Yankee fans will be coming that day anyway. I am completely baffled by this.

And can they kiss the guy's ass any more? The picture is the kind that's black and white with a "glow" around the player. Then on the back, it's the color version of the same shot, and a shaded area with the schedule superimposed on it. If you look closely at the shaded area, it's actually a close-up of a pinstriped "44" jersey! They're going all out with this, as if Reggie had any connection to the Blue Jays, when in reality he was a division rival of the Jays who never played for them, and was passionately hated, along with the rest of the late-70s Yankees, by baseball fans across the galaxy.

(Also, terrible job "extending" the crowd in the pic by making a mirror image and then stretching the photo out. (Right under the Y in the Jays' logo is the point where the "mirror" is.))

But enough about that. This weekend, I went to my first-ever taping of The Daily Show. It was cool, but I like the Colbert Experience better. (I'll be going to yet another Colbert taping on Thursday.) Friend of ARSFIPT Jason from Seattle came along with Chan and I, as did my mom. Mom was in town for an interview with an XM radio show. Since she had her book with her, she tried to give it to Jon Stewart during the pre-show Q & A. It seemed like he was going to accept, but then laughed it off upon hearing the title. I guess celebrities can't bother taking gifts from fans--she could've published the book in her attic for all he knew--, but still, he could've taken the gift and thrown it away when he got backstage if absolutely had no interest. Besides, my mom's idea of giving him a book was much better than that of the kid who raised his hand and just said to Jon, "You should write a screenplay." On Thursday, both my parents will be joining Chan and I at The Report. I came up with a great idea. For the Colbert Q & A, Mom should again raise her hand, only this time say how she tried to give the book to Stewart three days earlier, and he declined, and that she's crossed out the inscription to Jon and written a new one to Colbert. I think that might work.

I also saw a piece of the Berlin Wall yesterday. They're all over the place.

Uh...did I read that wrong or did it really say that a section of the Berlin Wall is in a men's bathroom in a casino in Las Vegas?

Do people pee on it to show their disdain for the former East Berlin? Or is it like a "marking the territory" thing?

Inquiring minds would like to know.

Thank you.
That's the first one I noticed, too. Click on it and it shows a pic of the wall with urinals attached to it. I guess, yeah, they felt it was something to be peed on.
I went to The Yanks' 1978 Opening Day Yanks/Chisox (wearing a Chisox cap, of course). As we walked in, they handed everyone Reggie Bars, which had just been introduced (looked and tasted like a round Baby Ruth). We were sitting in the loge on the first base side. When Reggie hit a dinger in his first AB, everyone spontaneously threw their Reggie bars onto the field; probably a few thousand of them. A bunch of kids sitting in the bleachers jumped over the LF wall (back then there was no 'moat') and started picking up Reggie bars in the outfield. I think we have a picture of it somewhere.

Reggie may have been one of the most egotistical hot dogs in the history of baseball. But there's one thing you can say for him: Billy Martin, Graig Nettles, Sparky Lyle, and Thurmon Munson all hated him with a passion. Anybody who got on the wrong side of those pricks couldn't be all bad. Especially Nettles; it amazes me how that washed-up, has-been asshole is constantly shooting off his mouth about modern ballplayers, calling Pedro a punk a few years ago, and ripping ARod about a month ago. Nettles never saw the day when he was half the ballplayer of Pedro or ARod. But I digress.

The other thing about Reggie...he was the one who won the '78 playoff game with his hr to make it 5-2; not that other has-been BF Dent.
That's just like you could see the Zimmer/Steinbrenner feud and feel sorry for Zimmer. But then you realize they're all pretty shitty. Yeah, Reggie was the epitome of the Yanks. The first group I knew, too. Arrogance McGee. He was a perfect fit. The straw that stirred the shit-shake. Screw him and his center line (see story, this blog.) And Reggie's not beyond ripping current players--asking if Trot Nixon is a horse. And him using the "luckiest man" line would be like a president using the "ask not" line in a speech.

I think the magical tiki Lou Piniella was wearing around his neck in right field won that game...

Let's see those pics!
Don't get me wrong; I totally get hating Reggie...the fact that he was a Yankee, and requested that his HoF plaque show him as one, is justification enough. But the fact that he was detested by the dumb jockos like Nettles & Lyle that were the core of those late '70's Dunbars, and reviled by a lot of Yankee fans back then (that seems to be forgotten by history, but I remember going to Yankee games as a kid and hearing old-time Yankee fans yell all sorts of crap at him, worse than ARod gets now), has always left me with a little bit of a soft spot for him. He was also always very respectful towards the Red Sox back then, talking about how great Yaz was and how much he loved Fenway and asking for a tape from Sherm Feller.
I see. So what do you think of the Jays doing that?
Well I do think it's a kinda strange, particularly if they're only doing this with Reggie, and not with other baseball greats at other points during the season. But, with that said, Reggie is a Hall of Famer, is quite articulate and has a healthy knowledge of, and respect for, baseball history. So I can understand why they would think a Q&A with him would be a draw. But I agree with you that if I were a Jays' fan, I'd prefer that my team's promotions actually be centered more around my team.
But why make it so Yankee-centric? Why not a collage of Reggie pics in different uniforms? Or a nice shot of him smiling at you in street clothes?

Any baseball organization has to know that its fans especially don't want to see their own team's ads plastered with Yankee uniforms. Granted, this card only went to Americans, most of whom were on the list because they went up to Toronto to root for their team against the Jays the previous year. But that doesn't mean we're all Dunbar fans!

Maybe this whole thing is to keep Sox fans out of their park! Since they know Yankee fans will be there on the Reggie day anyway, so they're not really adding Yankee fans, but this would detract Sox fans from planning another trip, just by seeing all this Yankee crap in their ads.

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