Not completely irrelevant (Crustacean Nation)

Andrew Buchbinder, Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations

First of all, I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came on down to L.P. Frans Stadium last Saturday for the Crawdads Christmas Party, expecially to those that donated canned food items.  In total, almost 200 pounds of canned food was collected, which will be distributed by Unity Lutheran Church.  200 pounds!  That’s awesome – and we’d like to say thanks for helping us make sure a couple less people go hungry this holiday season.

Alright, now what to talk about?  We could talk about Tiger.  Nah, what else is there to say?  In my book, just another athlete that turned out not to be the shiny picture of perfection we hoped he would be. 

How about how the Red Sox decided to not go after Jason Bay or Matt Holliday and instead sign a 36 year-old Mike Cameron?  While I would greatly enjoy diving deeper into the undeniable nonsensicle nature of that decision, there are ‘Sawks’ fans in this office and I try to be nice.

So, what else? How about space?  Space has always fascinated me.  Not necessarily enough to motivate me to educate myself greatly on the vast subject, but enough for a headline like “Alien ‘water world’ found” on to catch my eye.  I read the article.  Some things were eyebrow-raising, most went entirely over my head.

More than having even a partial resemblance of an understanding of the topic, I enjoy reading these articles and/or watching shows on space because it puts things in perspective for me.  It makes me think about all the ‘just a speck of dust’ cliches.  It is really quite humbling if you really, deeply, at least try to think about it. 

There are planets soaring through areas (I’m sure there’s a more scientific term… er… continuums?) that are six-and-a-half times the size of Earth?!  Close enough to us for the people who get all this stuff to study those planets from Earth?!  And they have water?!

Due, most likely, to an over-abundance of caffeine intake, this is typically where I get sidetracked and start thinking about Marvin the Martian.  I then, naturally, transition to Bugs Bunny.  Before you know it, I’m belting out the “Fricka fracka firecracka shish boom bah, Bugs Bunny Bugs Bunny RARARA!!” cheer.  And then, as I’m doing now, I try to figure out exactly where my mind has gone.

Anyway, we could talk about space, but clearly that starts me down a completely random path.  Let’s just stick to the holidays.  I hope everyone out there, in Hickory and beyond, has a safe and happy holiday.  Enjoy your family, enjoy some great food, give meaningful gifts, and, of course, think about space… Marvin the Martian… and Bugs Bunny… don’t forget his cheer.  Merry Christmas!

Andrew Buchbinder is entering his second season as director of broadcasting/media relations with the Crawdads.  He previously served in similar capacities with the Bakersfield Condors (ECHL) and the Bakersfield Blaze, the ‘Dads High-A affiliate in the California League.


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