I am so glad this is over. This clogged up my timeline like no other this past week. (And I am an A’s fan and I am an Eric Sogard fan.)
MLB, with MLB Network, held a contest where fans on Twitter can send tweets with the hashtag #FaceofMLB and the selected player’s name to be counted as vote for the Face of MLB contest. The final was between #DavidWright and #EricSogard.
But what exactly is the Face of MLB contest and what is the prize? It’s a contest to see who is the Face of MLB. What does that mean? Nothing. It’s a fictional prize that has no merit and it really is a filler space for the offseason to distract baseball fans and get them interacting and uniting for a value-less prize. It’s more of a contest to see which fanbase is more active on Twitter.
Essentially, it’s a pointless Internet popularity contest. A popularity contest. The silly stuff people have in high school.
People are upset over the results of an Internet popularity contest.
It’s smart marketing in terms of interaction with fans, but it is just filler. The contest means nothing. No charity money gets raised, no real tangible prizes are given away. It’s basically just empty sugar.
So when Eric Sogard, an unlikely favorite, lost to David Wright this morning following a late surge, A’s fans called out MLB for tainting the voting process for an award that holds no meaning.
Remember when the Giants asked their fans to tweet their phone numbers publicly? Well, they did it again and fans followed their leader.
And so people decided to tweet their phone numbers publicly. Maybe I should give them a call just to screw with them.
One of the many pages you can color in the new book of the history of disappointing Cleveland sports moments.
You may or may not be a fan of Cleveland sports teams, but you are familiar with the history of heartbreak the Browns, Cavaliers and Indians have given their fans over the years. From The Drive to The Shot, Cleveland fans have experienced a lot of heartbreak from their favorite teams since their last professional championship in 1964. It’s such a common thing for Cleveland sports to fail, that even Cleveland sports blogs have adopted that mentality.
Scott O’Brien, a native of Cleveland who now lives in Los Angeles, decided to gather all the heartbreak he’s endured over the years as a fan of these three teams and put together a coloring book based on it. It’s an odd thing that has gained enough attention that his Kickstarter project has already exceeded its funding goal with more than three weeks left.
In an interview with But at the End of the Day, O’Brien explains his decision to create this coloring book.
“The book idea came out of nowhere,” O’Brien says. “I was sitting in L.A. traffic and I heard about the Browns firing their front office again and it just kind of clicked to me.”
O’Brien, father of a one-year old daughter, realized that another heartbreaking moment had just occurred and his kid will never understand his pain. He then thought about a possible way of explaining it to her when she grows up.
“There’s no way of explaining what I went through as a Cleveland fan growing up in the `80s,” O’Brien reflects. “I thought a coloring book would be a fun way to show her the history and why Cleveland fans are bummed out more than just a specific team you like.”
I hate the Yankees. I hate everything about them. I cannot stand them. But there were only two players that I admired on that team. Last year, Mariano Rivera had his farewell tour. This season, it’s Derek Jeter’s turn.
Click the above photo to his official announcement on his Facebook page.
Watching him on the evil team sucked for me as he continuously gave the Oakland A’s fits, but he was a great hitter, a great defensive player and was a great teammate. He seems like a good guy and was a perfect fit for the Yankees. He was a great captain.
I will never let go of the flip in 2001, but I hate him for that because he’s so damn good. Thank you, DJ. I will make an effort to see you play one last time.
This amazing play will haunt me forever.
When the NFL ugly sweaters made the waves around the Internet over the weekend, I noticed that there were placeholders for MLB versions to it.
As confirmed by Forever Collectibles, the company behind the ugly sweaters, the MLB placeholders are indeed used for a soon future release of the MLB sweaters.
I am curious as to what these will look like. I will get an ugly sweater but I don’t know which sport I want to go with. Baseball is my favorite sport, but football works so much better since it actually is a sport that runs through winter. It will all depend on the design whenever it’s released.
I am excited to see which one I will get. They don’t currently have all the MLB teams listed with placeholders, but that may change.
The placeholder on Clark Toys’ site.
It’s official now. The new green jerseys are here and I would expect them to be seen at the team’s fanfest this weekend.
This matches exactly what I predicted last month.
I am OK with this. It’s not great and it’s not bad. It’s basically a green version of their gold jerseys. I actually don’t mind it really, but I hope they don’t wear it all the time. It’s just a good marketing, merchandising opportunity.
My biggest concern is actually the inclusion of this new cap.
A mock of what the new green jersey will look like.
The Oakland Athletics teased some photos of their commercial shoots today and the above photo was shared on Twitter.
Notice in the background you see Coco Crisp’s #4 green jersey. It’s different than the regular green jersey they had been wearing in the past. They have the headspoon piping that goes around the neck and the number of the jersey is white with a gold trim.
This matches exactly what I predicted to be their jersey when their alternate cap was leaked.
I think it’s fine, although I wish the emphasis would be on the gold lettering, not the white lettering. But is this change necessary? Absolutely not. But in terms of marketing, the A’s need as much as they can and this is a new way to do it.
Surprised they would let this slide. But then again, teams have made these mistakes in the past.
If you see the above link, that is a story on the new batting practice caps that several teams are using as an alternate this upcoming season. I had seen a few of these before but didn’t write about it because I also came across this story that I did write about.
In my blog entry, I noted that the New Era UK site said that the team would be reverting back to the 39THIRTY model for this upcoming season. But apparently, after looking at the details, it seems that the site may have just mislabeled their description.
But if we look at the new information provided above, we see that several teams are adding a new cap to their style guide. They are the 59FIFTY model and a few of them are throwback designs. These likely will be used during spring training and throwback games. And more importantly, it could be a sign that all caps in the future could be part of the Diamond Era mesh design.
For now, we’ll just take these new caps as part of some kind of merchandising marketing ploy. Only one year after their big reveal and already their putting more different stuff on the shelves. That’s New Era and MLB for ya.
Is the 39Thirty back?
Remember last year when MLB and New Era agreed to make their batting practice caps with the 59FIFTY model? It was well-received and I was a fan of it. But was this just a one-year thing.
According to New Era’s United Kingdom site (and not on the USA site) they are reintroducing the 39THIRTY model for batting practice and spring training along with upcoming regular season games. Check out their page right here.
Not only that, but there are several teams with different designs. Check out the description of these caps.
George Brett signing autographs. The image inspired the hit song “Royals.”
As some of you may know, the title of the hit song “Royals” by teen sensation Lorde was inspired by an old photo of George Brett. Lorde said that a photo of a Kansas City Royals player from National Geographic inspired to come up with the title of the song.
As confirmed by National Geographic, the only image they have in their archive of someone from the Royals is that image of Brett. So we can safely assume that that photo is the one that inspired that great song.
The Kansas City Royals on Monday unveiled their new slogan for the 2014 season and as you can see in the above tweet, it says “Be Royal.”
That’s not a big deal, except the first line of the hit song’s chorus says: “And we’ll never be royals.”
Well, the team is encouraging you to be Royal. Did the actual song inspire the team’s new slogan for the season? Possibly. But with their already strange and fascinating connection with one another, I wouldn’t be surprised at all.