thegmsperspective.com


Manti Te'o Girlfriend Bobblehead Night at Freedom game

By: Devon Teeple

Manti Te'o and Independent baseball. Very interesting.

The Florence Freedom of the Independent Frontier League is offering their first 1,000 fans a genuine Manti Te'o Girlfriend Bobblehead this Thursday night. On May 20, when initially announced, their website included information on the additional giveaways and festivities;

"Thursday night’s promotions will also include an air guitar contest, a pretend kiss cam, an imaginary food fight, and fans with imaginary friends, girlfriends/boyfriends or spouses are encouraged to sit in section 115, the section furthest down the left field line"

Now that the hysteria surrounding Te'o's "girlfriend", the fake twitter account and the guy running it is all out in the open, you can't fault anyone for trying to exploit the profitability in all of this.

The Freedom were in the bottom five of 14 teams in attendance last year and second last in 2011 (Courtesy Frontier League statistics), so it's no surprise why this is happening. It's obviously old news since this was reported way back in January according to CBS Sports, although you can guarantee it's certain to draw a crowd.

Baseball in general is no stranger to wacky and off-the-wall promotions.

The Brockton Rox of the Indy Can-Am League broke a Guinness World Record by selling an $80 hot dog in 2011. And the Lowell Spinners held a Political Correctness night a few years back. Spinners spokesman Jon Goode wasn't taking things too seriously;

"We just pay attention to what's in the news, and it seems like you're always hearing about people getting upset over what seem like the silliest things to the vast majority of people. So we thought, why not have some fun with it?"

Yes, the Freedom having a bobblehead night is not supposed to be taken seriously, it's all in good fun. It's like toilet humour, lame but funny. However, you can guarantee people will be talking about this and isn't that the whole point?

Look at the now-defunct London Rippers. Their logo was getting ripped apart six ways from Sunday because of their "Jack the Ripper" logo. The London Free Press noted that women's abuse center's were in an uproar amongst others because of it. Still, the logo garnered national attention throughout the U.S.

Sports is entertainment plain and simple. That's what the Rippers were about and that's what the bobblehead night is about. Nothing more, nothing less.

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on Twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here.

 



Search Archive »




Browse by Year »

2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010

Browse by Month »

January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010