The Million-Dollar Sock?

October 16, 2012 by TheUmpire

by Douglas J. Gladstone

Worth a bloody million?

Seven years ago, American-born Canadian children’s author Robert Munsch and his illustrator, Michael Martchenko, published a children’s book about a girl named Tina, who loves her brand-new socks so much that she doesn’t take them off. Titled, appropriately enough,”Smelly Socks,” (Scholastic Cartwheel Books, 2005), The Globe and Mail had nothing but praise for the story – in its review, the newspaper described the book as “more witty, creative and entertaining than most of what passes for adult literature.” The Toronto Star even referred to Munsch as “arguably the most successful kid-lit writer in North America.”

I know about books like this because I’m the parent of a four-year-old girl who loves when I read to her at night. She also routinely smells my feet. Maybe that’s why I haven’t purchased the book for her yet.

Of course, my four-year-old’s fascination with smelly feet and socks is to be somewhat expected. What’s not expected is when countries actually advocate using them to ward off malaria.

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Hooves on First

August 30, 2012 by TheUmpire

(from press release)

Hooves on First FLUSHING, N.Y., August 30, 2012 – The New York Mets today announced they will partner with Seraphim12 Foundation on “Hooves on First” Night Monday, September 10 at Citi Field when the Mets host the Washington Nationals at 7:10 pm.  The fundraiser will raise awareness about the treatment of horses. Tickets are available at Mets.com/Horse and (718) 507-TIXX.

“Joey,” the life-size horse puppet from the Tony Award-winning play War Horse will be appearing pre-game on Mets Plaza and in-game during the seventh-inning stretch.  Seraphim12 Foundation’s horse ambassador, “Chip,” will also be greeting fans pre-game near Mets Plaza.  Chip often works with inner city and autistic children who have never seen or touched a horse before.

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What’s in a Name? Free Tickets

August 23, 2012 by SamM

From the city of double-decker busses and afternoon tea, comes a contest you can dip your crumpet in: The Name the Victoria (British Columbia) Baseball Club Contest.

With only 287 days left – as of this writing – to go until its first game in June 2013, the Victoria team is nameless, and hence is relying on fans to help them find a memorable moniker.

Can open-source minor league baseball club naming outdo the likes of the Savannah Sand Gnats, Lehigh Valley Ironpigs and the Lansing Lugnuts? We shall see.

You can enter the contest here. The first 250 valid entries will receive two tickets each to a home game.

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Trenton Thunder and Wimpy Kid Team to Attempt Largest Camping Read-Along

July 26, 2012 by TheUmpire

(from press release)

TRENTON, NEW JERSEY – (Tuesday, July 24, 2012) Two of the stars of the upcoming motion picture Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Dog Days – the “Wimpy Kid” himself, Zachary Gordon, and Robert Capron, who portrays Rowley – will join author Jeff Kinney, who penned the phenomenally successful books upon which the film is based, and the baseball team the Trenton Thunder, to set the world record for the largest Camping Read-Along.  The event will take place on July 27, 2012, at Mercer County Waterfront Park in Trenton, NJ at 10:30pm.

In addition to making camping and reading history, the Wimpy Kid team will throw out the first pitch with baseball’s only “bat dogs” – Chase and Derby .

“We are thrilled to bring Hollywood to New Jersey, with the appearance of author Jeff Kinney and Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Dog Days stars Zachary Gordon and Robert Capron here on July 27,” stated Eric Lipsman, Senior Vice President, Trenton Thunder.  “I’m sure our fans that have read the books and seen the first two movies will be very excited to meet them in person and participate in our post-game outfield camp-out/sleepover…as we attempt to set the record for the Largest Camping Read-Along.”

Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Dog Days is in theaters everywhere August 3, 2012.  In the film, set during summer vacation, “Wimpy Kid” Greg Heffley, the hero of the phenomenally successful book series, hatches a plan to pretend he has a job at a ritzy country club – which fails to keep him away from the season’s dog days, including embarrassing mishaps at a public pool and a camping trip that goes horribly wrong.

The Trenton Thunder are the New York Yankees Double-A Affiliate in Trenton, NJ. The team has attracted over 7 million fans to Mercer County Waterfront Park along the banks of the Delaware River over the past 18 years.  Yankees stars such as Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Robinson Cano, and David Robertson are a few of the hundreds of current and former Major League players who have worn the Thunder uniform.

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In-Season Promotion/Relegation Standings at ProRel.org

May 12, 2012 by TheUmpire

ProRel.org The sabermetric savants over at ProRel.org have started an in-season promotion/relegation table for American baseball this year.

What is Promotion-Relegation? (from here on out we’ll just call it P-R) The P-R system is one in which teams are in tiered leagues (i.e. in baseball: the Majors, Triple-A, AA, and so forth) and at the end of each season, the top few teams in each league trade places with the bottom few in the league above them. In some countries, there is a playoff, rather than automatically trading places.  A P-R league is open (the best teams rise, the lesser teams fall), the worst teams have to fight for their lives at the end of the season. This creates a passion that’s hard to find outside of some college sports.

For even more up-to-date Baseball Premier League news, follow ProRel on Twitter.

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