Today was a momentous day on two fronts:
– Barack Obama was sworn in as president.
– I finished my marches through the Pacific and European theaters in Call of Duty: World at War, thereby securing justice and liberty for all.
Not long after Chief Justice John Roberts fumbled through President Obama’s swearing in in Washington, D.C., I (playing as Pvt. Dimitri Petrenko of the Red Army), unfurled the Russian flag high atop the Reichstag in Berlin. The storming of the German parliament building was not easy; the Hammer and Sickle was not flown without grave resistance. Previously, I had finished the Battle of Okinawa by capturing the Shuri Castle (as Pvt. Miller of the Marines).
Silliness aside, I couldn’t help but to feel some sort of strange disconnect. There I was, on an historic day in US history, simulating battles fought over 60 years ago from the comfort of my couch on the Wii. Despite the game’s truth to real-life events, I somehow inevitably end up feeling crummy playing a game that depicts such things, and this time was no different.
World at War concludes with a cinematic scene in which I’m nearly ambushed by a leftover Nazi atop the Reichstag before he’s brutally hacked by one of my comrades with a machete.
The thanks are endless, including a stable of Marines who were deffered to for the sake of keeping the game as realistic as possible. At that point, I thought about Gramps, a retired Marine and a staunch republican. He fought in the Pacific on Iwo Jima and Okinawa and Sipan. I wondered how he felt about Obama’s inauguration, wondered if he watched it on his TV from his gated community in Florida. Maybe not an outright racist, Gramps is of the breed of old folks who wouldn’t hesitate to relay an off-color joke.
I’m not sure what I’m getting at here, to be honest. There’s too much perverse symmetry in this little slice of modern malaise to enumerate it coherently.
The presidential election is long over — with this particular blogger backing the right candidate, thank you very much — but that doesn’t mean the
desperate creative minds in the ranks of Minor League Baseball have abandoned partisanship as a promotional tool.
A staunch supporter of all things MLB.com (not that I have a vested interest, or anything), I was perusing our sister site, MiLB.com, today when I came across this incredible story.
The Brooklyn Cyclones, the Mets’ Class A affiliate in the New York-Penn League, will usher in the 2009 campaign and Barack Obama’s presidency in one fell swoop — renaming themselves the Baracklyn Cyclones for their home opener on June 23.
The first 2,500 fans to pass through Keyspan Park’s pearly gates will receive a one-of-a-kind Baracklyn Cyclones bobblehead doll, fashioned after the handsome grim and kind eyes of
The Second Coming Barack Obama himself.
Here are the rest of the juicy details, lifted directly from the story (I’m guessing most of these are a joke?):
- Alternate red, white and blue jerseys adorned with the team’s new name
- FREE Barack Obama bobbleheads to the first 2,500 fans in attendance, featuring the President in a Baracklyn Cyclones Jersey
- The Economic Stimulus Package: From 10am on January 20th —
Inauguration Day — to midnight on January 23rd, ticket prices for the
June 23rd game will be “rolled back” to the Cyclones’ inaugural 2001
season rates: $10 Field Box Seats, $8 Box Seats, $5 Bleacher Seats.
Beginning January 24th, tickets will be priced at the regular 2009
rates ($15, $12, $8)
- Universal Health Care: Free Band-Aids to the first 1,000 fans
- Naming Rights: Anyone named Barack gets in for free
- Joe the Plumber special: any plumber named Joe gets two free
tickets — one for himself, and one to “spread the wealth” with a
- Bi-Partisan Consolation Prize: anyone named McCain or Palin will get a free Bleacher Seat
- A clear-cut Exit Strategy: fans will receive American Flags and discount coupons as they leave the ballpark
In all seriousness, I know such outside-the-box promotions have gone mostly the way of the dinosaurs in Major League Baseball, so it’s nice to see something different.
In addition, credit the Cyclones, who will auction off game-worn jerseys and fork the proceeds over to the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Now that is symmetrical.