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Mariah Carey throws like a girl

If Mr. Ceremonial First Pitch Thrower Outer had his say, he probably would have gone to Japan too.

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Minor league baseball team holds raffle for free funeral


We’ve heard of some pretty zany giveaways at minor league baseball games with the most recent coming in the form of a Larry Craig bathroom stall bobblefoot doll. However, Craig’s tapping toes can’t hold a candle to the Lake County Captains latest freebie.

The Lake County Captains in conjunction with Monreal Funeral Home of Eastlake will be giving away a free funeral at Classic Park this summer. Fans can fill out an entry form at all Captains home games this year at the National City Fans First Center which is located dead behind home plate at Classic Park. Fans can also mail in their entry. The prize is valued at over $6,000 and the winner must be over 21 years of age. The prize will be awarded to the lucky winner after a game in August. The Monreal Funeral home has been in business for over 116 years and is across the street from the ballpark.

The free funeral consists of free service charge, free basic casket, free basic vault. A burial plot is not included and terms and conditions apply. The prize has no cash value.

“When I brought the idea up to my father (president-Bill Monreal) about giving away a free funeral he thought I was crazy. Once it sunk in he liked the idea”, said Funeral Director Jeff Monreal.

“Life is difficult when you lose someone close to you, you need an experienced funeral home during your time of loss, Monreal Funeral Home has been serving the Cleveland area for over 116 years. Giving away a free funeral is one way we can say thank you to the community” added Monreal.

Hey, it’s better than their first idea which was free urns with the Captains logo on them to the first 500 through the gate.

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[LakeCounty.Captains.MILB.com]: Captains to Give Away a Free Funeral

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General Sports

Behind every great franchise is a great giveaway at the gate


The bobblehead craze has gotten out of control. You can basically pick any professional or semi-pro league in the nation, choose a game, walk through the gates and it is almost certain that a bobblehead will be placed in you hand. Frankly, it’s beyond a craze and has officially entered epidemic mode. Personally, it’s not our style, but that could be changing. Why? Well, it’s because one imaginative baseball franchise went off the board, deciding to give away a headless bobblehead.

The St. Paul Saints are putting their own twist on the popular promotion, in a nod to one of the most notorious Minnesota stories of last year.

At Sunday’s game, they’ll give 2,500 fans a miniature bathroom stall with a pair of lower legs and feet – one of which is springloaded so that it taps.

A Saints press release notes that, “It doesn’t matter if your tapping style is done with a ‘wide stance.'”

That’s a not-so-subtle reference to Idaho Republican Sen. Larry Craig, who pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after an undercover police officer arrested him for allegedly soliciting sex in a bathroom stall at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Rumor has it that the New York Mets are following a similar path, giving away Eliot Spitzer bobblepenises to the first 10,000 fans through the gates.

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[KTVB.com]: Minnesota baseball team giving out Sen. Craig `bobblefoot’ to fans

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MLB General

Mascot gets decapitated on the diamond

If you thought telling your kids the truth about Santa Clause was difficult, just wait until you have to explain this one.

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Even after the fall, he is still more professional than Benny the Bull.

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When mom said "Give him a bottle during the game," we don’t think this is what she meant

Let’s face it, baseball is a sport conducive to fan drunkenness. In reality, all sports promote drinking while watching, but perhaps nobody does it better than baseball. With all the downtime between pitches and innings and the sheer length of the games, alcohol certainly makes the time pass a little swifter. So, it should be no surprise that parents are teaching their kids the proper ballpark etiquette at younger and younger ages.

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MLB General

Mr. Ceremonial First Pitch Thrower Outer

The mayor of Cincinnati finally has somebody to make fun of.

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Bantams seek first perfect season in college baseball history. Wait, what the hell is a Bantam?



I’m a miniature chicken, you moron!

Everyone thought they were going to see a perfect season in the NFL, but the Giants kept the Patriots from putting the Super Bowl cherry on top of a 16-0 regular season record. Memphis was oh-so close to perfection in college basketball this season, losing just one regular season game and then making it all the way through the NCAA Tournament before falling to Kansas in a frantic final. Well, believe it or not, we’ve got another team looking at perfection: the Trinity College Bantams.

At 27-0, the small private college in Hartford is getting increasingly close to something believed to be unprecedented in modern college baseball.

No team has won a national championship without losing a game, to be sure; but Trinity, which competes in N.C.A.A. Division III, could become the first college of any size to finish its regular season and conference tournament having won every game. Such records are not officially monitored, an N.C.A.A. spokesman said, but an examination of previous top teams’ final records suggested it was unlikely that any had done that before.

Next month’s N.C.A.A. regionals and the Division III national championships could trip up Trinity. But if the Bantams win Tuesday night against Eastern Connecticut State, a perennial national power and their toughest regular-season opponent, running the table will be a step closer for a team that has throttled opponents by a combined score of 260-64.

Got that?! Forget the Spurs vs. Suns; Trinity against Eastern Connecticut State is where the magic’s happening tonight. There’s always Game 3, but you only get one shot at 28-0.

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[NYTimes. com]: In Sport Filled With Flaws, a Chase for Perfection

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MLB General

A foul ball can be a great souvenir, as long as you see it coming


Baseball players are constantly trying to avoid injuries. Isn’t that right, Pedro? Well, so are the fans. According to a yet to be released book entitled “Death at the Ballpark,” over 75 deaths have been caused by foul balls at all levels of baseball. Yet, nets only protect a portion of patrons behind home plate. And if you ask the MLB, you’re watching at your own risk.

But in the big picture, baseball is ignoring those alarms – the big picture that includes all those fans in unprotected seats near the dugouts and the foul lines where line-drive foul balls can be lethal projectiles.

Baseball is hiding behind the 145-word “warning” on the back of every ticket that reads, in part, “The bearer of the Ticket assumes all risk and danger incidental to the sport of baseball … including specifically (but not exclusively) the danger of being injured by thrown bats, fragments thereof, and thrown or batted balls.” In other words, if you are injured by a ball or a bat, you can’t sue the teams, the players or Major League Baseball (or minor league baseball, for that matter).

You can go to the first-aid room or to a hospital, but you can’t sue. And you cannot know how many fans need first aid from batted or thrown balls. The commissioner’s office has no central file on injured fans.

Of course, there’s a contingency of fans who agree that it’s the individual’s responsibility to be aware of their surroundings, keeping their heads on a swivel at every crack of the bat. And those who are really in know make certain to keep one eye on the ball at all times, even if they’re watching the game on television because nobody is safe from a errant ball to the balls. However, there are plenty of other ways to get hurt at the ballpark without taking a knuckleball to the noggin.

Two fans injured at Camden Yards when a person fell from the club level to the lower deck were released from the hospital Friday, the Orioles said.

The accident happened Thursday night near the end of Baltimore’s 6-5 win over the Chicago White Sox. The fan who fell from the club level landed on another person in the seating area below.

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[IHT.com]: When foul balls become lethal projectiles, fans are mostly unprotected
[SI.com]: Injured fans released from hospital

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Baltimore Orioles

Take me out to the OLD ballgame!

It’s that time again. Time to vote and take full advantage of your rights as an American citizen; time to band with those who share similar philosophical views and unite for the greater good of our country.  Of course, we’re talking about the competition to determine who sang the best rendition of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame.”  After all, you do know it’s the 100th anniversary of the national pastime’s unofficial anthem.

Help us celebrate the 100th anniversary of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” by voting on who should lead the crowd at Oriole Park at Camden Yards during the Seventh Inning Stretch on Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 1:35 p.m. ET, when the Orioles host the Washington Nationals!

Don’t take this responsibility lightly.  There are 10 valid candidates for the honor and the power is in your hands.  Use it wisely.

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[Orioles.com]: “Take Me Out To The Ballgame”

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Flippin’ field of dreams

If a baseball player flips over the opposing catcher to score a run and nobody’s there to see, did it really happen?

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