It seems Ellen's "selfie retweeted around the world" at this year's Oscars has inspired a uniform unlike any other in the history of baseball. According to the website of Kalamazoo Growlers, the independent baseball team from the Northwoods League it set to unveil the first ever "selfie jersey" during their game on July 24.
You read that correctly. A selfie jersey, which essentially means the team will be collecting a series of selfies — or self taken photos, for those who may not be caught up on the lingo — from fans over the next few weeks and many of the photos will be included on the team's jerseys for that selected game.
— Kalamazoo Growlers (@kzoogrowlers) March 5, 2014
It seems to be all about the fans, though it's certainly possible each player will have his own selfie featured on his uniform. That would be a cool wrinkle if they haven't already thought of it. Also, as a part of this creative promotion, the Growlers are encouraging fans to show as much team spirit as possible in their photo. In fact, the fan or fans deemed to have shown the most Growlers spirit will receive the most prominent locations on the jersey.
There's your incentive, folks!
The Growlers have also announced a silent auction will be held during the game for fans hoping to get their hands on one of these unique game worn uniforms. Immediately following the game, the winners will head down to the field to collect their jersey straight off the players' backs.
The deadline to enter is April 1, but many fans have already submitted their selfies. Some show team spirit, while others feature famous faces.
— Daniel Petrus (@Daniel_Petrus) March 12, 2014
— Dave Briggs (@davebriggstv) March 12, 2014
While the Growlers are encouraging team related submissions, it sounds like they'll accept just about everything. As long as you keep the photo clean, you should have an excellent shot at finding real estate on their jersey.
For information on how to submit a photo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, visit the Growlers official team page.
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