Coffins to bear logos of baseball teams
By Patrick Walters, Associated Press Writer
PHILADELPHIA –Many crazed baseball fans have said they would die for a championship. But are they willing to take that devotion to the grave? Major League Baseball and a company that makes funeral products will soon find out just how many fans want to be decked out for all eternity in tribute to their team.
Despite the headline, though, it’s not really a coffin. It’s an urn. Or, as they would say in The Big Lebowski, a “recepticle.” And while Eternal Image does plan on eventually offering “recepticles” for all 30 MLB teams, for their launch next season, they’re only offering urns for the Phillies, Yankees, Red Sox, Tigers, Cubs, and Dodgers.
Is it just me, or does that list have a bit of a one-of-these-things-is-not-like-the-others quality to it? The Dodgers inclusion therein just sort of….clunks. The other ballclubs all have storied histories and famously loyal fanbases, which the Dodgers haven’t enjoyed since they left Brooklyn. Am I wrong? Fellow UmpBumper Nick has even conceded to me that it is entirely normal to wander up to the ticketbooth in LA and purchase tickets for the game that very evening, a feat unheardof in Boston. (Nomar Garciaparra, who has now played for three of the teams on the above list, has also commented on this dichotomy.)
More mysteriously, however, if Eternal Image does go ahead and end up offering an urn for every team, will anyone buy a Devil Rays casket? (That is, other than this guy.)