Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Know Your Minor League Mascot

You can be forgiven if you thought we'd discontinued this feature when the Richmond Flying Squirrels retired the trophy for best mascot ever. Like the salmon returning to Capistrano, though, Know Your Minor League Mascot returns after a 497-day hiatus to take a trip on the wayback machine and celebrate one of the first famous bush league clubs.

Team: Toledo Mud Hens
League: International (AAA)
Affiliation: Detroit Tigers
Mascot: Muddy

Self-Absorbed East Coast Elitist Commentary: The Muds Hens were made famous nearly 40 years ago by a cross-dressing Lebanese comic actor, but the team's actually been around since 1896, making it one of the longest-tenured minor league franchises. The team promises their fans fun, family, fabulous food, and affordability, failing the alliteration test, but making up for it in good feelings.

The Hens play their home games at Fifth Third Field, which I assume has something to do with hard liquor. It goes without saying that we approve.

Phil Nevin manages the 2011 Hens, assisted by Leon Durham (the Bull!). They have a pitcher named Al Alburquerque on their roster, making them the favorite team of not one, but two fictional characters. Charlie Furbush is a member of their starting rotation. Charlie Furbush. Man, I wish I made that up.

Toledo's started the year scuffling a bit, with a 2-4 mark at the time of this writing. (Furbush is 0-1. Furbush. Good gracious.) So are we, frankly, but we promise not to wait 497 more days to celebrate all that's good and well with our American pastime.

Gheorgheness Quotient: 55/77

To sate your minor league baseball jones during our frequent hiatuses (hiatii?), we commend to your attention the excellent work of our friend, the Artist Sometimes Known as Extra P, and his mates at Bus Leagues Baseball.

40 comments:

T.J. said...

#charliefurbush needs to trend.

T.J. said...

Ray Ratto just tweeted back at me.
/people googling Ray Ratto

Danimal said...

Nice. I got a Pat Forde though. WINNING!

How 'bout the person who answers the phone while on the crapper and has a discussion? To each its own I guess. If I'm in my home and I'm talking to one of my brahs it's one thing....

rob said...

i see your winning and raise you snooki's salary. rob corddry told me i'd made the best tweet ever several months ago.

zman said...

Does this mean the Mud Hens are a Furbush League team? I think I ran into Charlie Furbush's sister once.

zman said...

What did you twat?

T.J. said...

My tweet was dumb and meaningless, as most are...

zman said...

I meant rob's twat, not yours.

T.J. said...

The Redskins have kicked Popeye's to the curb:
http://bit.ly/h52UUO

Igor said...

Blogging about tweeting. New heights in W&M nerdiness.

rob said...

i can't remember. something about cow farts and traffic on the 5.

Danimal said...

Is that worse than tweeting about blogging bc a lot of that goes on here also

T.J. said...

MS-DOS comedy pyramid...in 3-2-1...

zman said...

I suppose we could talk about Furbush and our experiences therewith.

T.J. said...

I assume Furbush has been a gamer ever since there was grass on the playing field.

Dave said...

i really missed the recurrence of this segment-- thanks rob!

and i highly doubt that the best tweet ever was a comment on cow farts and traffic.

Geoff said...

The Peeps diorama contest 2001:

http://tinyurl.com/5sy8dah

Geoff said...

And by 2001 I mean 2011.

rob said...

dave, i aim to please. a furbush in every pot, i always say.

rob said...

can we all agree not to tell my daughters that this year's peeps contest has come and gone and i failed to realize it? kthxuguysarethebest.

zman said...

Furbush would have been called up long ago but for his muffs.

rob said...

all this raunchy commentary reminds me of some of igor's notable collegiate hijinks. dude would go a long way furbush.

Danimal said...

Vote Furbush 2012

Danimal said...

A bird in the hand is worth 2 hands in the furbush

Geoff said...

I once saw a guy get two hands in the furbush at a bachelor party.

T.J. said...

I've heard Charlie's cousin, Nappy Furbush, is tearing up the independent leagues.

T.J. said...

And your god damn right I had an alternative joke there I chose not to play.

Danimal said...

After that waxing I think it is time for a refurbushing

Shlara said...

Can I get in on the tweet bragging?

Stuart Scott and I had a twitter conversation about how to entertain oneself during cancer treatment.

One of the few cool things to come out of my whole cancer thing. That and new boobs.

Geoff said...

I found a lot to like in this pic of Jason Day and his wife:

http://tinyurl.com/3czyml5

Danimal said...
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rob said...

fairly sure danimal just admitted seeing andy roddick's manparts

Danimal said...

Furbush

T.J. said...

I see danimal has pounded a bottle of Irish Mist and chosen to reboot this thread...

Danimal said...

I thought it'd be best to delete the hypotheticals....

rob said...

because a lot of pga tour players and their wives read g:tb. pretty smart on your part, i'd say.

Danimal said...

Dude....that's all those guys talk about.

rob said...

hockey!

rob said...

i've seen this capitals movie somewhere before

T.J. said...

Does it end with a Semin money shot?