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Good morning! Hope everyone had a good holiday weekend, as I did.
Speaking of which: As many observers have noted, Major League Baseball has finally gotten it right when it comes to Memorial Day, using simple but effective poppy patches and, in the Tigers’ case, handwritten cap inscriptions.
The same, unfortunately, cannot be said for one of MLB’s biggest advertisers.
During last night’s Nats/Dodgers game in L.A., a big Budweiser ad appeared on the ribbon boards at Dodger Stadium. It attempted to send a Memorial Day message by saluting “our heros” — but of course the proper spelling is “heroes.”
Or at least “heroes” would be the proper spelling if you’re referring to an outstanding person like a fallen military service member. Interestingly, however, “heros” — without the “e” — is correct if you’re referring to the plural of a submarine-style sandwich. So maybe Anheuser-Busch was just suggesting that a Bud would go great with a meatball hero.
Maybe the larger lesson here is that mega-corporations should just stick to their basic marketing campaigns instead of trying to leverage the goodwill generated by an important holiday.
(My thanks to @VintScoreboards and Trevor Williams for bringing this one to my attention.)
Call for “Ask Me Anything” Questions
The next quarterly installment of “Ask Me Anything” — the Substack series where you can ask me a question about uniforms, sports, Uni Watch, me, or anything else, and I do my best to answer — will be coming up next month. I’m dropping the paywall for this installment, so it will be available to all.
If you’d like to submit a question, feel free to email it here. (Please note that this is not the usual Uni Watch email address.) One question per person, please. I look forward to seeing your queries!
What Paul Did on Friday Night
On Friday night I went to Coney Island, where I attended a Brooklyn Cyclones game with my friends Bill and Brad. On our way back to the subway after the game, we came upon a guy with this adorable animal on a leash. “Look,” said Brad, “it’s a lemur!” But the guy corrected him: “It’s a kinkajou.”
I asked the guy if I could say hi, and he said, “Sure — her name is Honey.” So I kneeled down, but before I could reach out to pet Honey, she hopped right into my lap! She was super-sweet and super-soft. As you can see here, I was pretty delighted by the encounter:
Now, I am fairly certain a kinkajou does not belong on a leash on a Brooklyn street. But still: What a cutie!!
Can of the Day
Why would you call your product “mystery oil”? Very strange. In any case, the design, featuring that crazy “M M” icon in the center, is really something.
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Sorry, no Ticker today, because the Uni Watch team had yesterday off. The Ticker will return tomorrow.