Or, the Ultimate Show of Fan Support
Well, now I have seen everything. While drinking my morning coffee and scanning the local news section of the Philadelphia Inquirer (I do occasionally read sections other than Sports), I came across a column explaining how you can now be sent to your eternal rest in the ultimate team-supporting style. Sports logo coffins!
You can read the full article here, if you’re so inclined. The article includes a photo gallery of Phillies logoed urns that are also available, as well as options for fans of other sports, or even Star Trek. OK, an urn I can understand – it will be out in the open, on display, to be seen. But the coffin? After the funeral, no one sees it! It will get buried in the ground, or stuck in a vault. I can think of some better things for me or my loved ones to spend several thousand dollars on.
Phormer Phillie Update
Bobby Abreu has signed a one year, $5 million deal with the Angels. From 1998-2006, Bobby was the Phillies right-fielder before being traded to the Yankees. I always felt he was a bit of an enigma during his tenure here – he put up some good numbers and the fans respected his talent, but he didn’t seem to be a fan favorite in the same way as Pat Burrell or Jim Thome (at the time). Maybe because he was rather quiet, or because of his aversion to the right-field wall. I swear it had an anti-Abreu force field around it! Bobby, I wish you well this season as an Angel!
So not only TGIF, but the final entry for players sharing names with days of the week. Earlier this week I wrote about Billy Sunday and Rick Monday. There were no players named Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday in the major leagues (and there won’t be a Saturday either).
There was, however, Skipper Friday, given name Grier William Friday. Skipper had the classic “cup of coffee” in 1923, appearing in a mere seven games for the Washington Senators. But wait! There is also a Brian Friday, who has played in the Pirates minor-league system the past two years. So maybe we will eventually have another big-league Friday to blog about.
‘Til tomorrow, happy blogging!
(coffin photo April Saul, Philadelphia Inquirer; Abreu photo mine)