Nats Introduce the Dinger
I love Barry Svrluga as much as the next stark raving mad Barry Svrluga fan, but how could he write an 814-word blog post today without mentioning the "Dinger"? I know you all are well acquainted with the "Dinger," but just in case, let me quote from yesterday's release, announcing a new partnership between the Nats and Gifford's Ice Cream & Candy Co., which should feel free to send me some tasty samples in return for this bounty of publicity:
Gifford's will have a branded concession stand on the main concourse featuring their scooped ice cream. Additionally, Gifford's has partnered with the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation to create the "Dinger", a vanilla ice cream and chocolate cookie sandwich which will be sold at various concession stand locations and at Gifford's carts, located throughout the ballpark. A portion of the sale of each sandwich, also offered at all Gifford's locations, will be donated to the Dream Foundation. The "Dinger" will make its debut on March 30, 2008 at the Nationals Opening Night game vs. the Atlanta Braves at 8:05pm.
And now we all truly understand the crushing ironic sadness in Brian Schneider's departure, for lo, the many-consonanted one tells me that Schneider's two dogs were named "Dinger" and "Ribbie." Or possibly "Ribby." Or "Ribi." You get the point. My brain can faintly hear the tones of Lindsay Czarniak's early Spring report about "Dinger" eating the "Dinger," followed by the wise chuckle of an amused Jim Vance as the credits roll.
Anyhow, I'm unfortunately unable to watch Mike Bacsik and Tim Redding scoop ice cream and possibly fling the "Dinger" at Gifford's downtown shop this evening, on account of the equally amusing hot dog promotions going on at Verizon Center, where, on Feb. 2, it's also worth noting, the Washington Capitals will be handing out branded toothless Mr. Potato Heads to the first 5,000 child fans and/or bloggers who are interested in selling out to virtually any corporate interest so long as it features a funny name and/or image.
For any companies and/or teams running promotions, my address is 1150 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20071. Thanks.
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