June 2012

Tooth Fairy Chronicles: Vol. V

It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to get a blog out to all ya’ll Crawdads fans out there, but I’ve been busy trying to find a new toothbrush capable of cleaning those dirty bases at L.P. Frans stadium.  For those of you who attended the June 23rd game, you witnessed firsthand the atrocity that took place at 2nd base by the hands of Douglas “The Majik Man” Locascio.  Here I am, minding my own business, providing my friends in the Crawdads front office a selfless service cleaning the bases when, literally, out of left field comes The Majik Man.  First this character blinded me with baby powder, shoved me to the ground, stole my beautiful blue brush, and broke the top right off of it.  It was a monstrosity that left my base-brushing apparatus in disrepair.  No easy feat since, according to Dr. Ross Penland at Growing Smiles, the average toothbrush contains about 2,500 bristles grouped into about 40 tufts per toothbrush.  The tufts are folded over a metal staple and forced onto pre-cored holes in the head and fused into the head with heat.  The handle is made of at least two materials, usually plastic and rubber.  So these things are engineered to clean teeth (or bases) for months at a time, depending on the level of vigor with which an individual brushes. 

Thankfully, my good friend, WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler, who happened to be in the neighborhood, intercepted the nefarious Majik Man before he was able to exit the infield.  The King is not as benevolent and peace-loving as yours truly and was not about to take any flak from such a villain.  The Majik Man attempted to baby powder The King but was met instead by a big ol’ boot to the gut followed by a flawless piledriver on the infield grass.  The Majik Man was down for the count and the day was won.

Anyway, for this reason I have been wielding a refurbished brush and am looking for a replacement.  Toothbrush shopping is a science and must be conducted with extreme attention to detail.  On that note, I must be off.  I’m headed to Cincinnati today for the 74th annual Technological Engineering for Exceptional Toothbrush Hygiene, or TEETH, convention, to see what advancements have been made in toothbrush technology in the past year.  I think I might also stop and catch a baseball game at Great American Ballpark while I’m there since my favorite major league team, the Milwaukee Brewers, take on the Reds in a key three game series.

Your friend,

The Growing Smiles Tooth Fairy

This is the Tooth Fairy’s 1st year with the Crawdads.  Although he works nonstop, around the clock for most of the year, in his free time he enjoys baking, eating, and throwing pies, playing NBA Jam, and flossing.

New Girl

By: Kathryn Bobel, Director of Group Sales

The last time I attempted to convince our throngs of readers to watch the best television show currently on the telly, it was for the following five reasons:

  1. It has dynamite songs
  2. It has cute boys who sing dynamite songs AND play football
  3. It has slurpee facials
  4. It certainly has drama
  5. It’s real

If any of you readers are worth your teen-tv-show-loving salt, you already know that I’m talking about GLEE! Two years later, Fox has churned out a winner yet again—my current obsession—New Girl! The following four reasons are my attempt at convincing you to tune into Fox on Tuesdays at 9:00pm.

1. You can relate. And by you, I mean any individual ages 20-30 or any individuals that were once ages 20-30.  You make so little at your benefit-less job that you have to pay for your MRI with coins. Your car is worth so little the guy at the garage refuses to fix it out of fear that parts may fall on him once he puts it on the lift.  You want so badly to be great at your job that you babysit your boss’s kid at the company Christmas party, but get perhaps a tad too intoxicated while doing so.  And, you have the absolute greatest friends who drive you to your ex-boyfriend’s house to get your stuff back—even your t-shirt that he’s currently wearing (odd…I know.) While each of these situations were created for the show, we can all think of at least a handful of such stories that we’ll never forget.

2. It’s intelligent.  Good writing is difficult to come by on television these days, and while I’m as big of a sucker for the newest reality show as the next chica, it is very refreshing to stumble upon a show that uses words other than “guido,” “juicehead,” and “T-SHIRT TIIMMEEE!” My all-time fave is Aaron Sorkin’s “Sports Night,” a two-season masterpiece that aired in the late ‘90s before getting the ax far too early. Sorkin illustrated an uncanny ability to mix historical references and tawdry one-liners, all while employing an admirably advanced vocabulary. The result? An irresistible mix of drama and humor, laughter and tears.  Similar to Sports Night, New Girl displays a great combination of witty pop-culture references and wonderfully realistic characters just trying to navigate their way through the world.

3.  Zooey herself!  Deschanel is widely lauded for her originality, and seeing a strong female lead in a show is always a welcome reprieve from the flaky, flighty female archetype that seems to pervade TV these days. And while I’m not going to wear a knee length knit sweater with leg warmers and black, plastic-framed glasses any time soon, the confidence Deschanel’s character portrays is undeniable. (My purple suede pumps give me the same bravado.) She shows you can be clumsy, ornery, and quirky, all while possessing an equal amount of elegance, class, and intelligence.  She loves her job, she’s not afraid to go get the guy, and she has great hair, to boot.  She’s inspiring and invigorating.

4.  Similar to GLEE, it’s real. While the idea of four individuals living in a loft each with bedrooms large enough to rival my current apartment is no where near real, the idea that living life from the ages of 20 to 30 in a somewhat transient but unforgettable state is very real.  There are those “Seinfeld”-like conversations that go nowhere, the “Friends”-like relationships and breakups, and stories with plot lines so outrageous you wouldn’t believe them if you weren’t there to experience them yourself.  (Mine include rolling a sleeping co-worker down to home plate in an office chair and getting booed out of a gymnasium with Conrad the Crawdad after being eliminated from an adult spelling bee.)

So, next Tuesday at 9:00pm, after cardio sculpt class and my healthful dinner consisting of Diet Dr. Pepper and Spaghettio’s (which basically undoes anything done at cardio sculpt class), you’ll know right where to find me—on my couch getting ready to watch the best show on television. Feel free to come join the party! One rule at Bobel’s bachelorette pad, though—you have to bring your own Diet Dr. Pepper and Spaghettio’s!

In her fourth year with the Crawdads, Kathryn is a native of Indianapolis, IN and graduated from Bowling Green State University in December 2008 with a degree in sport management.  She has previously worked with the Indianapolis Indians and USA Track & Field.  In her spare time, Kathryn enjoys following the Cleveland Indians and BGSU athletics.

Tooth Fairy Chronicles: Vol. IV

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Ahhh, summer.  It would be redundant of me to preach how and why summer is such an appealing time of the year, as I’m sure we’d all agree, but I think I will anyway.  Beautiful weather that I can tan my wingtips in, the surplus of sugary frozen treats kids out of school will over-consume giving me plenty of work to do, and one of my favorite pastimes, grilling.  Yet, there is one reason above all I am excited for the next three months, and that is summer movies. 

I have not always been a fan of the cinema, as in the past many works of film fiction have depicted my likeness in an unfavorable manner, leading many to believe these erroneous images to be true.  For example, I am not a girl.  Very few movies have gotten this right, save classics such as the Santa Claus 2, where they correctly identified my struggle to change my name to “The Molinator,” as I would no longer like it assumed that I am without a Y chromosome.  Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson also starred in a biopic loosely based off me fittingly called “Tooth Fairy,” and I must say the role was perfectly cast; his build is quite similar to mine.  Some films such as “Darkness Falls” have even gone so far as to make a monster out of me which also couldn’t be further from the truth.  I am a peaceful entity who enjoys smiling, working, and cheeseburgers.

Despite these shortcomings of Hollywood, I’ve been able to grit my teeth and get myself to the theaters in the recent past.  Summer movies have improved in the last couple of years, producing quality blockbuster films instead of creating sensationalized works of plaque designed only to suck audiences in and send them home sad.  Also, according to Dr. Ross Penland and my friends at Growing Smiles, Hollywood actors and actresses have the best smiles in America, including Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts, so naturally I have a certain amount of respect for them.  Films for summer 2012 have already been impressive and we’re only in the second week of June.  “The Avengers,” which is still in theaters, has already become the third highest grossing film of all time and with its genius blend of action, humor, and a star-studded cast playing some of the most iconic superheroes, I would not be surprised if it took over the all-time top spot.  I could go on and on but I’ve really got to get my work done now if I want to catch the midnight showing of “Prometheus.”  Instead I will provide a quick list of my “Top 5 Summer Movies I Will Most Likely See Twice.” 

  1.  The Dark Knight Rises
  2. Prometheus
  3. The Amazing Spider-Man
  4. The Avengers
  5. Snow White and the Huntsman

This is the Tooth Fairy’s 1st year with the Crawdads.  Although he works nonstop, around the clock for most of the year, in his free time he enjoys baking, eating, and throwing pies, playing NBA Jam, and flossing.

Chip takes on Hickory – The Journey In and Day One

I am certainly no longer in Rhode Island or Colorado. The air is different, the way of life is different, the food is different and the streets really confuse me.  I have made my way to Hickory, North Carolina to join the Hickory Crawdads baseball organization.  

I graduated in May with my master’s in broadcast journalism from the University of Colorado and I have arrived in northwest North Carolina to work as a broadcaster with Andrew Buchbinder and take on whatever else comes my way.  

My journey to Hickory began on Tuesday May 29 when I packed “The Stormtrooper,” my white Jeep Grand Cherokee, as full as possible with my entire life.  I said goodbye to friends, and a life and city I had known for eight years.  I was through wrangling buffaloes, hiking the flatirons, closing down the Attic and carousing at Gary’s Bar.  Like Smokey and the Bandit, I was eastbound and down, loaded up and trucking.  

I drove across the middle of America, rolling Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, before making a stop Wednesday night in Charleston, West Virginia. I spent the night with close friends and former co-workers from my previous two summers working with the West Virginia Power. After I awoke Thursday morning, it was time for the final stretch into Hickory. 

I arrived at L.P. Frans Stadium around 4:30 p.m. I was greeted by my new roommate, Vicki Pumpple, who introduced me to Andrew Buchbinder my new broadcast partner.  Andrew gave me a brief tour of the ballpark, the press box and our radio booth.  We had discussed that I would start on Friday, but being present already, Andrew invited me to join him in the booth for that night’s game. 

I hurried to my new apartment and made a quick turnaround to get ready for the game.  I rushed back to the ballpark and got back just in time for the beginning of the broadcast.  Andrew knew all the fans sitting in front of our booth and politely greeted them as they came in for the game.  

After three innings of shadowing Andrew, we agreed it was time to get things rolling.  As the top of the fourth inning began, Andrew introduced me, I said hello to the listeners and I was underway as the new broadcast assistant with the Hickory Crawdads. 

I loved it. The game went well. The Crawdads won 3-2 and I was ecstatic to have joined the broadcast. You couldn’t have slapped the smile off of my face.  I looked like a kid that had just found a hidden room filled with candy.  Maybe it was from being overtired or delusional from driving across the country, but I was pumped!  

After the game we had a breakdown meeting as a whole staff and afterward I was able to hang out and get to know some of my new co-workers.  We chatted about life and exchange stories as some of us became more familiar with one another.  Just when it appeared day one was complete, at 1 a.m. the weather was threatening with rain, so the staff was called back to pull the tarp onto the field.  Welcome back to minor league baseball.

Chip Samson is in his first year as the second broadcaster with the Hickory Crawdads.  He has spent the last two baseball seasons working with the West Virginia Power in Charleston, WV.  Chip grew up in West Kingston, Rhode Island raising Newfoundland dogs. He loves buffalo wings, french fries, popcorn, pizza, beer and diet Dr. Pepper.