Mark Townsend

  • Bridgeport Bluefish unveil unusual jerseys for Military Appreciation Night

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew4 hrs ago

    The Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League should be commended for hosting Military Appreciation Night at an upcoming home game at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard. It's a very noble promotion that will bring awareness and attention to men and women who deserve recognition.

    However, we can't help but scratch our heads after taking a good look at the custom jerseys the team designed for the special event.

    Here they are: 

    The Bluefish Military Appreciation jersey design. Pretty original! What do you think? pic.twitter.com/c9iN8Kuxfi

    Well, that appears to be a jersey depicting a shirtless white male with chiseled abs. Nipples included!

    Yes, this is most definitely original. But is it really the look they should be going for, and does it truly capture the essence of what the military stands for? That's the debate that's been going on since the jerseys first popped on Twitter late Friday afternoon, and many of the responses indicate the Bluefish probably missed their intended mark. 

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  • Triple-A Louisville Bats celebrate every win with team selfie

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew5 days ago

    The Louisville Bats — the Triple-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds — entered play on Saturday with a 50-50 record through 100 games, which is pretty much the perfect record for a .500 ballclub. However, what's more interesting about the Bats team isn't the number of wins they have, it's how they go about celebrating them.

    According to WHAS in Louisville, the team started a unique new tradition while preparing for their official team picture last month. Before taking the team photo, a seemingly random team selfie was snapped. From there, the idea was suggested by outfielder Mike Costanzo to take a new team selfie following each victory on the field, so that's exactly what they do.

    Well, most of the team anyway. According to Costanzo, a couple nameless players want no part of the action, but who needs those guys anyway?

    Here are a couple recent examples of the celebratory selfies:

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