March 31, 2011
It’s Opening Day today, and the folks here at Fathead couldn’t be more excited. The office is loaded with jersey-wearing fans, we’ve got nine TVs blasting baseball, and even the nerds on the tech team, normally indifferent when it comes to sports, are showing some excitement.
To commemorate the start of the season, we put up a Comerica Park Fathead mural (we’re based in metro Detroit, so most of us are Tigers fans). As a big baseball fan myself, I am of the opinion that these are the coolest Fatheads we’ve ever produced. And I think it’s safe to say that I am not alone, as the stadium murals have been pretty good sellers since we introduced them about a month ago.
Which are America’s favorite parks? If you judge based on our sales so far, you might be surprised at a few of them.
Top Selling Baseball Stadium Murals
1. Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox)
2. Citizen’s Bank Park (Philadelphia Phillies)
3. Yankee Stadium (NY Yankees)
4. Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs)
5. Target Field (Minnesota Twins)
6. Busch Stadium (St. Louis Cardinals)
7. AT&T Park (San Francisco Giants)
8. Great American Ballpark (Cincinnati Reds)
9. Citi Field (NY Mets)
10. Comerica Park (Detroit Tigers)
June 29, 2010
There I was this morning. Making breakfast, brushing my teeth, getting ready for work. In the background, CNN drones on about Russian spies and oil spills (more on that later) without me paying a lick of attention. Then, after dozens of important senators and policymakers whiz by without me batting an eye, there are a few names which, regrettably, grab my attention. I, as a rule, hate celebrity gossip, which is why it pains me to write about this. But something must be done. Today the talkingheads on CNN were going over the Forbes 100 most powerful celebrities list. The list is long and distinguished: Oprah, U2, James Cameron, and various other monsters of sound and screen. What upset me to the point of spitting out my listerine, however, was the name that catapulted itself from blissful anonymity (those were the days…) to number four on the list: Lady Gaga.
Why? WHY? The woman is an attention hound of such caliber that she makes Paris Hilton blush and Andy Dick cringe. I mean, if I was pressed, under pain of death, I might admit that she might have talent as a singer (and I say “she might” because I honestly can’t tell through all of the autotune and sound effects). But for the most part she is just a overly-sequined, overly-quaffed, fashionably-psychotic, Yankee-Stadium-disgracing, one woman reality TV show. I don’t doubt that she deserves her spot on Forbes’ list. My concern is that the world at large likes her enough to put her there.
Questions, Comments, Concerns, and Clown Jokes:
Really Russia? You are spying on us with KGB funded baristas in Times Square? What were you expecting to gain from this? Top secret CIA expresso recipes? Didn’t anyone tell you guys the Cold War was over thirty years ago? We’re gonna have to get James Bond and Jack Ryan out of retirement to kick some commie…. sorry folks. Forgot this was a family show.
Grow up Russia. Because we have a new weapon that your top secret cashiers might not have uncovered yet:
Breaking news- BP is still killing the Gulf. That is all.
Random thought from yesterday- every bag of popcorn should come with about half a dozen toothpicks attached. That should be a federal law.
Random complaint from yesterday- people emailing you from within earshot. If you email me something that contains no attached files, and it would’ve been easier to just say it, all you are doing is wasting valuable…. bytes? Ok so maybe there is no waste involved but you are cluttering up my valuable inbox space. And yes, I’m talking to you Molly.
Peace. Love. Fatheads.
October 3, 2008
By John Fontana
If you’re a voodoo-fearing, half-Bartman-half-goat Chicago Cubs fanatic you might want to stop reading now. Really. I mean it. When the Cubs hit the playoffs the question is always: Is this the year? Well, I’m not asking the question. I’m calling it for the Cubs after 100 years since their last World Series title in 1908.
I’m ready for the Cubs to break the Curse of the Billy Goat.
I live in Denver, have been in Chicago twice in my life, and could care less either way other than it would be another historic sports moment to drink in and would super charge October.
We are past the era – thankfully – when fans showed up to games with goats like Billy Sianis did at Wrigley for Game 4 of the 1945 Series, the event that started it all. So it’s time to forget.
I love the underdog and there is no bigger underdog then when the Cubs and the playoffs get together.
While the Dodgers – Manny, Billingsley, Torre et al. – go into the NLDS as handicappers’ favorite against Chicago, it’s the Cubs that will head to the NLCS and then decorate Wrigley with star-spangled bunting.
The Cubs have a winner at the helm. Many people forget that manager Lou Pinella was the AL rookie of the year in 1969, twice AL manager of the year and is the owner of three World Series rings.
There’s your experience in the club house.
Then you have balance in the lineup: five players with at least 20 home runs, five with at least 74 RBIs, and three pitchers with at least 14 wins. The big names are Carlos Zambrano, Geovany Soto, Mark DeRosa, Ryan Dempster, Kerry Wood, Carlos Marmol and Aramis Ramirez.
And since baseball is a numbers game, here is what the Cubs did as a team. They finished with the second -best record in baseball. The Dodgers started September with a losing record and had to get hot – going 18-5 to close the season – just to make the playoffs.
The Cubs had the best home record and the second best road record in the NL. Their batting average was second best in the NL at .278. They were second in runs scored and fifth in slugging percentage in all of baseball.
Now all the Cubs need is a little magic.
Maybe those ghosts at Yankee Stadium can make a visit to Wrigley, you know, while their house is being torn down.
If you disagree, tell me why the Cubs can’t break the curse.
July 28, 2008
By Apryl DeLancey
Baseball is finally getting back into the “swing” of things after the All-Star Break. Yeah, that was one loooooong game! The historic match was the last to be played in the old Yankee Stadium and lasted a whopping four hours and fifty minutes. The American League eventually pulled it out with a 4-3 victory.
Fathead favorites in the All-Star Game included Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Chipper Jones, David Ortiz, Grady Sizemore, Ichiro Suzuki, and Manny Ramirez. The temperature at the start of the game was a summertime 82 degrees and, for a while there, it looked like the Fathead crew was ready to heat things up even more. Sizemore managed a single and then stole second base (he was also in that exciting Home Run Derby).
The first four innings of the game were scoreless and the National League drew first blood with one run in the 5th and another in the 6th. The AL put up two runs in the 7th and each side scored one in the 9th. The game remained deadlocked until the 14th inning, when the AL was able to close out the contest. Overall, it was a contest that brought out the best in pitching and kept fans interested…if they liked long baseball games!
There was much chatter during the week about the relevance of the All-Star game. On one hand, the winner of the game gets home field advantage in the World Series for their division. Some don’t think this is very meaningful, especially since players run the risk of an injury in a game that does not directly affect their team outcome. Is the game worth it? Many enjoy the break but others find it to be a waste of time. What do you think? Is the All-Star Game really necessary?