We had a kid’s day at the park and to draw the youngsters somebody came up with the idea of a pet judging contest. And to avoid any problems with favoritism, one of the owners invited a person from the local SPCA to officiate the judging.
As was expected, there wasn’t much interest, but a decent crowd showed up and about fifteen kids with dogs, cats, a bird or two, a couple of fish bowls and a hamster. The interns setup a judging area and the contest began. The large animals were on the ground and the birds, fish and hamster were placed on tables.
Out of nowhere, a red tailed hawk blitzes across the table and picks off the hamster just as clean as if he hit it with a buzz saw.
The kid was in shock, the rest of the animals went nuts – except the fish .. they were clueless to start with, and the interns did their best to smooth things over. And if that wasn’t enough, a local news crew was there and took advantage of the situation by catching one of the interns unexpectedly for a remark on camera. But, as our luck would have it, this was the wrong guy to shove into the spotlight for public relations and damage control. When the reported ask him to comment on what just happen, he replied by saying …” hawks one – hamsters nothing!” Why us…. Why on earth does this stuff happen to us?
It was the end of our season and our new brochures for the next season were going to the printers and the stadium was going to be front and center. A plane circled overhead was gong to take the picture. The only problem was the grass – it was this brownish tan color with swipes of clover. It was not very impressive. It was also the time before computer enhancement came of age, so the only thing that the promotions people could come up with, was to hose down the grass with water mixed with green food coloring. Seemed like a good idea at the time – season over, stadium in maintenance mode, why not!
Unfortunately at this same time the owners had invited a local businessman and his family to visit the club and they wanted to give a sales pitch about some sponsorship. As would be expected, the kids wanted to run the bases, tryout the dugouts and stuff. So, from the owner’s office they got a staff member to show-em around.
A few hours later the kids came back and their parents did a GASP! The kids looked like little leprechauns. It seems the kids went running and sliding in the outfield grass after a recent application of green food coloring. But just as the man and his family were about to storm out – our promotion guys who were never lost for new ideas, immediately pointed to the kids and said ..” There… there’s our new mascots… they’ll be famous.. let’s get pictures for the new brochure!”
The man and his wife stopped, thought for moment and then asked ..” how much?” The entire day for the owners went down hill from there. On the way out though, one of the sales guys asked the kids..
“you kids like corn beef and cabbage do ya? Their mother was not amused.
(truthfully, I miss those guys)