This past Friday I went to the Marlins/Rays game with fellow themarlinsblog.com contributer, Dan, and were given the soon to be fabled giveaway.
It was one of the most fun games I’ve ever attended! No joke.
It was so ridiculously over the top that it constantly made me laugh every time the stadium erupted. The question is whether we will bring them back to future games (I say YES!!!).
And a whole bunch of news stories are going to circle this week about how Rays manager Joe Madden is upset by the giveaway, calling it an “annoying and unprofessional thing to do.” But the Rays themselves actively promote their fans bringing cowbells to the stadium, have strobe lights in the rafters of the dome that flash, and they have three idiots who have been bringing vuvuzela-like horns to the games for years. They sit out in right field and blast them like there’s no tomorrow.
Yes, it was pretty obnoxious and I’m sure made for a pretty terrible experience for the players, but as a fan I had a blast (pardon the pun).
The vuvuzela itself is going to be one of those things that we’ll forget about after the 2010 World Cup and we’ll see it again in 20 to 30 years when VH1 airs an episode of “I Love 2010." Some fat, comedienne will make some snarky comment about the obnoxiousness of the horns, and then Hal Sparks will try to blow into one of them.
Comedy will ensue.