Things got a little crazy yesterday on Twitter, at least when it came to MLB and some of its teams. Someone over at the MLB headquarters must have been jamming along to Taylor Swift's "Love Story" because all it took was tweeting one lyric to the song before a sing-along began between the MLB Twitter account and the official accounts for teams like the Rangers, the Reds, the Brewers, and the Dodgers. Who knew they were all such big Taylor Swift fans?
Here's how it all got started...
If you don't follow sports very closely, you may not know that game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals happens June 4. The Rangers were the first team to make it to the finals... and after watching the video below, I can't help but root for them. Check out the 11-minute profile on Rangers play Dominic Moore and his lovely wife.
After the recent stories about the New Orleans Pelicans and their terrifying mascots — first Pierre, then King Cake Baby — I figured now is as good a time as any to delve into some of the weirdest mascots in sports. Specifically, 9 of the most bizarre mascots in college sports... plus one more, just for fun:
#1 Blue Blob
Mascot for: Xavier University
Background: Prior to the Blue Blob, Xavier University's mascot was a musketeer — which scared little children. So the school needed another mascot, something more kid-friendly. Blue Blob was born. The university now has two mascots, D'Artagnan the Musketeer and Blue Blob. Since its creation in the 1980s, Blue Blob has made several appearances, including a controversial Playboy article. So much for kid-friendly?
Why it's weird: For starters, it's a blue blob. It's relatively harmless to look at, aside from the fact that its existence has no purpose or connection to Xavier whatsoever. What's more: the mascot has a 22-inch tongue that hangs inside of the blob's mouth — that is, until the person inside uses his or her arm to operate it. The tongue is frequently used to lick children and fans. That's weird.
Like last week, the next few days of this week are going to be quite busy, with a lot of activity in concerts, sports, and theater. However, one of the onsales we'll be paying particular attention to is that of the New York Yankees. That's because single game tickets for Yankees home games go on sale this coming Monday, February 24.
Of course, we're really interested to see how well Yankees tickets sell in light of Derek's Jeter's recent announcement that he is retiring after the upcoming season. I don't think anybody doesn't think they'll sell extremely well — the final home game and final regular season game ought to do particularly well — but we are excited to see how the retirement affects demand.
We already have some preliminary answers to that. More than a week after the announcement, prices have spiked. Last Friday, I noted that the average selling price for Jeter's last home game on September 25 had risen almost $250 from before the announcement to after it. Today I can report that the after-announcement selling price is now $505, almost $100 more than seven days ago.
Earlier today, longtime New York Yankees player Derek Jeter announced he'll say farewell to baseball following his 2014 MLB season. The shortstop is entering his 20th season with the Yankees this spring. Jeter is a five-time World Series champion, a 13-time All Star, and the Yankees' all-time career leader in hits with 3,316.
Jeter released a statement on his official Facebook page to deliver the news. In it, he called his 2013 a "tough one" (citing a broken ankle) but noted he came to the conclusion months ago that this season would, indeed, be his last.
He wrote, "I will remember it all: the cheers, the boos, every win, all the plane trips, the bus rides, the clubhouses, the walks through the tunnel and every drive to and from the Bronx."
Jeter's final game will be Sept. 28 at Fenway Park, with his final game at Yankee Stadium taking place Sept. 25.