I second everything Rob said in last week's post. Searching for Classic TV Friday clips was one of my favorite blog related things to do. Back when I wrote a lot it was like a mini vacation. When I wrote less, I fooled myself into thinking it was an actual post. In any case, we saw lots of dope shit together, didn't we? I hope historians someday recognize the WoW Collection™ as an important contribution to the curation of stupid old baseball videos. Here are some faves.
Honorable mention goes to Joe Torre Flips Out - 1982, one we posted in July of '08. If it wasn't my favorite it sure was close, but unfortunately the video has been taken down. I'll make a batch of Cakies for anyone who can read the description in that link and find it for us.
Ah, the good old country comfort of Classic TV Friday. A lazy baseball blogger's best friend. It's one of the few features (only feature?) that has remained constant throughout the three-year history of our human condition blogging. After all, what could be easier than popping open YouTube, typing "old timey cigarette commercial with charming milquetoast baseball star" into the search field, and clicking the "FIND ME SOME DAMN CONTENT, MR. YOUTUBE" button?
What could be easier? A Classic TV clip show! Here are five of my favoritest Classic TV posts from the archives, in no particular order:
I maintain that the Mark Attanasio-era Brewers are the most fan-friendly franchise in baseball (just look at their amazing prize raffle!) but watching this old promo video from the 70's makes me think that folks in Milwaukee can ignore their awful team and just have a good time; the team simply knows how to make money off that by encouraging tailgating and in-stadium fun.
If our newest hall-of-famer Robbie Alomar were to make a commercial today imploring us to catch something, I'm sure we'd all feel pretty uncomfortable. This is one of those commercials that's legendary north of the border but possibly never aired in the US. It's the Tim Hortons of baseball-played-endorsed-punch commercials.
It really is sad that Mickey Mantle is playing a pinball game whose ultimate goal is to "beat Roger Maris' record 61 home runs". Also sad: Mickey Mantle in a beer commercial. Also sad: that one commenter who admitted that he still buys Natty Light. Saddest of all: that shirt-vest combination Mickey Mantle is wearing makes him look like a lesbian cowboy.