Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Rick Ankiel: Marvel Comics Superhero

Posted on Tue, Jul 31, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Our hometown minor league baseball enterprise has announced a most inventive promotion. The first 1,500 fans through the AutoZone Park turnstiles August 10 will receive a Marvel Comics comic book with the Incredible Hulk, Superman, Iron Man, Rockey the Redbird, and, not least, ‘Birds outfielder Rick Ankiel.

"Baseball and comic books - the perfect partners; boys and girls, for generations, have spent hours reading comic books and passing countless summer hours playing baseball," Redbirds President/GM Dave Chase says. "Today's children are watching super heroes on movie screens, but the heart and soul of the big screen version is the paper and ink of comic books. Triple-A Baseball would be hard pressed to find a more perfect partner."

The smart asses at deadspin.com have already gotten hold of the news, and the blog’s cast of commenters is having a field day. Examples:

“Watch as Rink Ankiel defeats robots above 20 feet tall with the single pitch of a baseball!”

“When battling Rick Ankiel, the only way to avoid defeat is by standing in the strike zone.”

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