Who said the New York Mets don't know how to have a little fun?
In one of the funnier and more frivolous moves this offseason, the Mets' Class A Short-Season affiliate Brooklyn Cyclones have invited Super Bowl scapegoat Christina Aguilera to have a National Anthem do-over at MCU Park this season.
Aguilera, who butchered the lyrics of the Star-Spangled Banner last weekend, has an offer on the table from Cyclones GM Steve Cohen to come down to Coney Island and take part in the pre-game festivities.
According to the Cyclones, they will even hand the global megastar a set of lyrics, to avoid further embarrassment.
A press release published on the team's website says: "Each year, it seems like someone makes a mistake and because it happens in the Super Bowl, the whole world is buzzing about it the next day. This year's victim is four-time Grammy Award Winner and Staten Island, NY native Christina Aguilera whose slip-up during the Star-Spangled Banner has everyone talking.
"With that in mind, the Brooklyn Cyclones have offered Christina Aguilera the opportunity to perform the National Anthem at MCU Park this summer. The team will even provide her a copy of the lyrics to prevent another mishap from occurring."
Cohen said of the proposal: "We've all made mistakes. But when most of us make mistakes, it's not in front of 100 million people watching in every corner of the world. When a player makes a mistake, they usually don't get a shot at redemption, but with a singer, that's a different story."
I absolutely love the Brooklyn Cyclones jumping on this gimmick. It's stupid and random, but it made me laugh. What's even funnier is the fact that Aguilera is from Staten Island, home of Brooklyn's closest New York-Penn League rival Yankees.
The minor leagues are as much about fun as baseball, especially the lower you go down the farm system. The Cyclones continually churn out great stories as promotions as much as they have on-field success.
Their Ike Davis bobblelegs giveaway and 'Jersey? Sure!' themed night were both fan favorites in 2010 and each promotion was voted the second best of its kind in the minors in MiLB's year-end vote.
With a bunch of other jersey giveaways, as well as the new Angel Pagan bobblehead promotion set for June 20, the Cyclones' PR team seem to be right on track again. Who knows, you might even catch Aguilera redeeming herself.