The Story of the Rally Camel

Well, last night’s game didn’t turn out how the TinCaps would’ve liked, as they lost 5-4 on a walk-off hit in the bottom of the ninth inning. Joe Ross pitched well, striking out six over five innings, and he did not walk a batter. The four-game series with Great Lakes is now locked up at one game apiece. So, why don’t we go to a more lighthearted story, which involves a camel in Michigan.

It all began with a DVR. As Chris Lones, the Assistant General Manager for Promotions and Entertainment with the Great Lakes Loons, remembers it, he was sitting at home one night watching recorded TV shows with his wife, Linda.  As Chris was watching TV, he saw a camel that he thought was a little bit funny. It made him laugh. He thought it could make others laugh, too.

One day while at work, he mocked up an image of a camel prototype. The madness had begun. As Chris’ creation made its way around the office, it eventually morphed into a video clip, and this year it’s become a full blown mascot at Dow Diamond.

Listen to today’s special edition of the TinCaps Report Podcast to hear Chris discuss how Rall E. Camel (seriously, that’s its name) became a sensation in Michigan:

Back in 2009, a live camel even came to the ballpark:

Rall E. Camel, a live camel hailing from an exotic petting zoo, will be at Dow Diamond 
Wednesday posing for pictures and greeting Loons fans.

The Loons won 11 games in their last at-bat, many of those wins buoyed by the “Rally Camel” on the giant video board. In an effort to help bolster the team to a win over the West Michigan Whitecaps, Dow Diamond will have both a real camel and a video board version of one.

It is believed to the first time that a live camel has attended a Minor League Baseball game.”

That’s just a hilarious sentence right there.

In case you’re wondering, here’s what Mr. Camel looks like:

Stylin' & Profilin'

Separated at birth?

Thanks to Chris for sharing the story of Rall E. Camel.

CELEBRITY FOR THE DAY

I came across this video on Facebook on Friday, and found it too funny not to share. Here’s the gist from the description:

“Last Saturday we went to a popular mall in Virginia and conducted a bit of a social experiment. Using his real first and middle name, and with the help of just a few staged people, tons of people believed Thomas was a famous actor, including mall security. The mall assigned us a security detail who escorted us everywhere and helped close stores for the supposed celebrity. They also took us through private corridors to avoid the frenzy. Our cameras were quickly shut down, and most of our footage was captured with a single iphone. The following is just a taste of all the autographs, pictures, and people who wanted get close to all the commotion. Do something fun today.”

I think it’s particularly funny because of what happens each night after a minor league baseball game. Whenever the players leave the park, there are usually a few fans waiting by the exit of the clubhouse to ask for autographs. Every once in a while, someone will ask for mine.

Why, I do not know, but I always find it kind of funny. Do they know I’m the radio guy? Do they think I’m a pitcher because I’m tall? Either way, I’ll explain to the person that I’m not a player, and sometimes they’ll be disappointed, other times they’ll still ask me to sign anyway. I’m happy to share my chickenscratch with anyone who wants it, but this video made me laugh thinking about those situations.

‘DRAW SOMETHING’ DIEHARDS

Since the start of baseball season, I’ve started playing the game “Draw Something” on my phone. The game gives you a choice of three words to pick from, with varying degrees of difficulty, and then you have to draw that word and have your friend guess what it is. It’s basically Pictionary on your phone. Although I may consider myself moderately good at Words With Friends, I am terrible at ‘Draw Something’.

The extent of my drawing abilities

So when I saw this article on CNN.com today about people drawing the Eiffel Tower and other things with crazy accuracy, I was stunned. Think about this: you’re drawing on a smartphone with your index finger. How good can it get? This good:

Seriously?

He even added the stars as a bonus. I don’t even know how that’s possible. But congratulations, Jamil Ammar of Toronto, on, well, being good at a cell phone game.

MUSICAL GUEST

George Costanza’s answering machine…take it away!

If you’d like to get in touch, you can reach me at Couzens@TinCaps.com or on Twitter @MikeCouzens.

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