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:
— Kristopher Negron (@KNegs17) June 30, 2014
— Tucker Barnhart (@Tucker_Barnhart) July 3, 2014
Props and all, they obviously take this selfie business seriously in Louisville. In fact, based on the video it appears that most lockers in the clubhouse are loaded with different costumes and props in preparation for the postgame shot.
It's also a fun way for the team to bond and break up some of the monotony that goes along with a long season.
Minor league baseball teams usually set the standard for creative promotions in the sporting landscape. But that's all brainstormed in the front office, which at that level is basically centered around finding ways to attract fans to their stadium. In this instance, it's the players who may or may not be creating the next big fad. Time will tell, but at least the Louisville Bats are having fun and giving themselves a reason to stay engaged during every game.
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