A wild baseball promotion that somehow slipped under the radar occurred on Friday night in Wisconsin. The Madison Mallards, a collegiate summer baseball team that plays in the Northwoods League, held "Office Space Night" at Warner Park for their game against the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters.
Yes, those are actually the team's names. Also, yes, that's a homage to the 1999 film starring Jennifer Aniston, Ron Livingston and Richard Riehle, who played the role of Tom Symkowski.
Riehle was the lone cast member to appear at the game, but it seems the real attraction came after the game when fans were armed with baseball bats and invited to the field to take out their life's frustrations on out-of-date office equipment. There were printers and copiers, and possibly a few fax machines in there as well, and the fans smashed every last one of them into pieces.
This could probably be labeled the modern day "Disco Demolition Night" only without the explosions and rioting. Based on the video, which does include some foul language, the fans were well behaved. Or at least as well behaved as could be expected under the circumstances, and the only injuries reported were those suffered by the office equipment.
It's certainly something different and creative. The smashing things part definitely looked fun, but this is one of those promotions that is probably best used sparingly. As in, we tried it once, it went well, now let's retire it and not push our luck again.
Also, kids, don't try this at home!
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