Rally Towels or Dish Towels?
It's the first week of the regular season, and yet it seems like the Nationals promotions are either confused or blatantly misleading.
Lets take the "rally towels" that were handed out as fans entered the stadium opening night. When I was first handed one as I walked in through the center field entrance about an hour before the game, my father and I were confused: Were we supposed to wave the towels ... or were they dish towels?
Surely, my dad eventually reasoned, the towels had to be for dishes. They were grainy and uncomfortable, and fairly small, not an optimal waving towel (like the Pittsburgh Steelers' Terrible Towel.)
In fact, apparently most fans came to the same conclusion. The towels were not being waved by anyone near my section; rather, they were shoved in pockets to avoid being seen.
But after a quick glance at the Nationals promotion website, they indeed are intended to be waved, and advertised as rally towels. So let's compare the rally towel with the established Terrible Towel and see how it comes out:
Notice the key differences. First off, the Terrible Towel is longer, making it much easier to wave. Secondly, it's smooth, making it easier and more comfortable to hold. And finally, the towel is an established presence in Pittsburgh; fans have been waving them for more than 30 years.
The Nationals towel is grainy and uncomfortable. It's also shaped more like a dish towel, which doesn't optimize the waiving ability. And finally, the tradition is not established at all. Shouldn't the Nationals try to establish their own tradition, rather then merely stealing one from Pittsburgh?
So, come on Nationals promotion staff, you can do better then passing out red dish towels with Nationals lettering on it.
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