Between this post and the last one I wrote here at the Fungo, I hope I’m not giving the impression that I’m against ballpark promotions.
Far from it. I want a t-shirt, bobblehead, mini-bat or commemorative cup as much as any baseball fan.
Even if you’re not at Comerica Park enjoying the events, you get some fun visuals on TV — especially if Mario Impemba and Rod Allen join in the fun (often with creative Photoshopping by the Fox Sports Detroit production crew.)
I especially like the ethnic heritage nights that the Tigers hold because they highlight and celebrate the many backgrounds and nationalities that live in the metro Detroit area. I certainly haven’t lived everywhere, but I’ve lived in a few different places now and can say that other cities are sorely lacking in the sort of ethnic diversity and varied cultural backgrounds that you can find in Detroit.
In looking over the special events schedule this season (courtesy of an e-mail from the Tigers), a couple of occasions do stand out.
Zubazpalooza looks pretty fun. I’m sure it’s a celebration for those who actually held onto those zebra-striped monstrosities from the early 90s. It would be even better if Prince Fielder took the field in some Zubazs, as he did during batting practice as a kid.
But how about the event on June 17? “Gluten Free Package” night?
Seriously? This is a thing?
I understand that gluten-free diets are the trendy thing nowadays. The increasing number of items at grocery stores and restaurants will tell you that. I do wonder, however, how many people actually need to follow a gluten-free diet because they suffer from celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity.
But hey, if you feel better by eating gluten-free, that’s all that matters. Maybe I should try it.
I guess my point — I was getting to it eventually — is being surprised gluten-free eating is such a thing that baseball teams such as the Tigers are creating theme nights based around it. I get that there’s not a “Vegetarian Night” or “Paleo Diet Night” because people could create those sorts of meals from what’s already available at the concession stands. Well, presumably. I’m not saying it would be easy.
Perhaps the Tigers feel like they missed the boat on the low-carb thing and should’ve had a “Low Carb Package” night years ago, including hot dogs without the buns and Michelob Ultra beer.
Maybe I shouldn’t poke fun at this. Are the Tigers providing a service to those who have felt underserved? Are you gluten-free with a gluten-free family and excited about June 17 at Comerica Park? I’m just trying to learn here; I’m trying to understand. Help me bridge the gap.