Reading Phillies To Host Karaoke With Mr. Belding

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mr.belding.night.wow.jpg The Reading Phillies have unveiled their Top 10 Promotions of 2010, and one of them is a karaoke night with Mr. Belding. Sorry, I just had to get right to it. Actually, Meech spotted this first, but flagged the Ryan Howard garden gnome (August 3) as his lead. That's pretty good, but Mr. Belding is the one who will get all the real Internet traffic. Quoting the R-Phils' website:

Dennis Haskins, better known and loved by fans as Mr. Belding, will be on hand for a special Mr. Belding Schools Out Teacher night on Wednesday, June 23. The lovable principal on one of television's most popular teen shows ever, Saved By The Bell, will treat fans that enter through the turnstiles for the 7:05 p.m. game against the Bowie Baysox, to an event like no other. Fans will have the chance to meet Mr. Belding during an autograph session, presented by Berks Technical Institute, and will even have the opportunity to hear Mr. Belding sing karaoke, during a pre-game karaoke party beginning at 5:00, presented by Rock Hits Y102.

Did you catch that? There is a school advertising itself with the principal1 from Saved by the Bell. Also, yes, you can hear Dennis Haskins sing karaoke. I'm not quite sure what the draw of that is. Karaoke is mostly fun when you sing yourself2, not when you get to watch celebrities ("celebrities") doing it. Unless Mr. Belding is going to sing "Friends Forever" by Zack Attack.

It's not all garden gnomes and 59-year-old actors in Reading this year. April 23 is Jerry "The King" Lawler night; fans over 21 get a Pabst commemorative cup of the pro wrestler. There are also several beer tasting nights, multiple insane-sounding Mascot Band Pre-Game Concerts, 26 nights of fireworks, all-you-can-eat Gluttony Nights, something called "'Yo Pimp My Ride' Clunker Car Give-Aways", a chance to meet Clifford the Big Red Dog, two nights for Deadheads, Food Allergy Awareness Peanut Free Night and probably 40 other kinda funny things I skimmed over.

I dunno. I kinda think I could go to the Reading Phillies every night this year.

1 I think there's an episode where Mr. Belding reminds Zack that "the principal is always your P-A-L." Only it's not a mnemonic device, it's a legit attempt at a poignant moment. If this episode didn't exist, it should, so I'm really not wrong.
2 I tend to rap, usually "Regulate" or "Lose Yourself," though I'm working on Ludacris' "Stand Up." One time I made my then-girlfriend's ears bleed with a rendition of Lisa Loeb's "Stay."


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Not allowed within 200 feet of FirstEnergy Stadium on June 23: The McPoyle brothers.

I get the occasional Karaoke Hero at the open mic I host - you know what you're in for when they walk up to the stage with iPods in hand. Luckily, I have a set structure in place, so they don't wind up standing there for a half an hour bludgeoning us with their taste in music. It's TWO OR THREE SONGS AND GET OFF THE STAGE, ASSHOLE

And yet nary a mention of the Zooperstars. For shame!

Note: I never remember the word "zooperstars," so when I need to look them up, I just Google "Ichiroach."

The oddest celebrity "sighting" I've had (and I use quotes because it was on tv) is when my roommates were watching some WWE event and I noticed that Mr. Belding was one of the fans in the front row. How weird is that? Apparently when you're Mr. Belding, your fancy sporting event seats are to Monday Night Raw rather than to, say, Mosley/Mayweather...

Maybe someone will do "It's My Life".

If you at all appreciate my contributions to this website over the past 2 years and live anywhere near Reading... PLEASE GET ME A JERRY LAWLER CUP.

I can think of someone who could do "It's My Life"...

Mr. Belding was on Men of a Certain Age. Anybody see that? It's actually a pretty good show. Way better than Everybody Loves Raymond

"Way better than Everybody Loves Raymond" still sounds pretty sub-watchable.

My wife is pregnant and has been stuck at home on bed rest since December so there has been a lot of time at home in front of the TV. We will watch anything that's halfway interesting.

"Way better than Everyone Loves Raymond" is the equivalent of "Hey, it's herpes, not AIDS".

Or "Hey, it's the Indians, not the Royals"

It hurts because it's true.

Sorry, it was too easy

a chance to meet Clifford the Big Red Dog

I hope they somehow create a 75-foot animatronic replica of Clifford that goes haywire and eats everyone in the right field bleachers.

If you give him a 6 foot cord he won't be able to chase people

The 2010 Heist - A wild weekend of karaoke throwdowns the likes of which Pittsburgh has never seen before. Pre-gaming and vocal warm-up at PNC Park.

Speaking of PNC Park, I should probably let y'all know that 1) I won't be able to make the Heist this year because B) my wife and I are expecting our first child. Her due date is a scant two weeks after the Heist, So I won't be leaving a 5-mile radius of my home, much less jaunting out 5 hours away to drink with other nerds.

Oh, and Rob and Matt already knew this info because Rob is the father and Matt is the surrogate.

Congrats!!!! is what I would say were I not acutely aware of the world of pain you're entering.

Parenthood: there are no winners.

Nick,
Our first in on her way any day now. Just in time for opening day at Target field which she will attend.

@Drew
When I told the new to my buddies who have kids, they just laughed and laughed.

@BC
You had better swaddle that baby in 8 layers of gore-tex if she's gonna survive outdoor baseball in April in the Twin Cities. Maybe you just wait until July. She'll be too little notice the difference.

I'm just shocked as to how many WoWies have made babies since WoW started.

@Nick
If I swaddle her she won't be able to see the game. I can imagine she wouldn't like that. I don't want a crankie baby.

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The Reading Phillies are a minor league baseball team based in Reading, Pennsylvania, playing in the Eastern Division of the Eastern League. Since the 1967 season, they have been the AA affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. The R-Phils affiliation with the Big Phils has lasted unbroken since 1967, and this relationship was solidified even further when the Philadelphia Phillies purchased a controlling interest in the Reading Phillies in 2008. The Reading Phillies play in FirstEnergy Stadium, previously known as Reading Municipal Memorial Stadium. Built in 1951, the stadium seats 9,000 fans. On July 3, 2007, the stadium celebrated their aten-millionth fan to attend a game.
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