Mallards Ain't Shittin'
Beware the enraged Mallards catcher and his lethal bat-thingy
The hard-workin' folk(s) at Ballpark Digest recently drew my attention to the web site of the Madison Mallards, a team that plays in the Northwoods League, which is a wooden bat summer league for college players (much like the NECBL and Cape Cod League that we have in New England).
The Mallards are only a .500 ballclub on the field so far this season, but they come out looking like champs in the promotions department. Check out the "Ducks Unlimited" jersey that catcher Jordan Wolf is wearing, above; while most teams are wearing sissy-looking pink jerseys and giving away little souvenir bats and other tacky crap, the Mallards are wearing combat camo and giving away freakin' double-barreled Winchesters!* Top that, Connecticut Defenders!
Mallards Hockey Night jersey
And unlike one team I could mention, it looks like the Mallards did their "Hockey Night" promotion the right way, including a fairly sharp hockey-type jersey that the players wore on the field and which apparently right after the game were donated to the Frolunda Indians.
Among the other bits and pieces you'll find on the web site-- such as video downloads of game highlights and the semi-rockin' (in a gay John Fogerty "Centerfield"-kinda way) "Go Go Mallards" theme song-- are some 30-second radio spots. A couple of them could pass for amusing, so I'll post them here:
Mallards "Bass Fishing" radio commercial
Ballpark Digest has already posted a couple of Mallards TV commercials (here and here)-- basically about how baseball is the national pasttime instead of opera and stamp collecting, voiced by Morgan Freeman** no less-- so I'll offer this clip from my own YouTube account, a 2007 promotional video.
That "Go Go Mallards" theme song might be kinda corny, but at least it's not as bad as this:
(I know I've posted this song as a punchline before, but since no angry mobs have come after me with knives lately, it must've not worked. So I'm posting it again.)
**apparently this is wrong also