David Ortiz Bashes Pinatas In This JetBlue Commercial

I started college in the Boston area in 2004, and that was a great time to be there as a sports fan. The Red Sox broke the Curse of the Bambino, winning their first World Series since 1918. Many of the biggest postseason hits came from late-blooming superstar David Ortiz, AKA “Big Papi”, who had literally been picked up from the scrap heap after being released by the Minnesota Twins in late 2002. Fast forward to 2016, and Ortiz is playing in his last season. It’s always sad to see formerly great athletes stick around for too long and see their skills rapidly fade. But that isn’t the case at all for David Ortiz. By a whole lot of metrics, he’s on pace for his best season ever, as well as one of the best all-time final seasons. None of that really has to do with this JetBlue ad, but I just like talking about baseball. Anyway, Big Papi bashing pinatas and ruining kids’ birthday parties is just as amusing as it sounds. But yeah, it probably isn’t a viable retirement plan.

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Tuesday Throwback: Nike’s 2004 Red Sox World Series Commercial

2004 was a great year to start college in the Boston area. Largely because this happened. I don’t actually remember seeing Nike’s Red Sox ad, probably because I was out celebrating or watching a guy jump into our quad’s disgusting pond. But it’s a excellent spot showing the devotion of fans over decades of disappointment. It’s so cool that the brothers, young boys in 1919, grow up and attend the games with a changing cast of family and friends. They’re old men by 2004, and looking suspiciously good for being in their 90s. Styles and times change, but being a fan doesn’t. What’s also interesting is that the commercial, created by Wieden+Kennedy, actually was created in 2003, but it obviously had to be shelved when this happened.

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ESPN Shows Men What Not To Do

A few announcements. First, this is the 100th post on Commercial Society. I’m the type who has a habit of starting projects with a lot of enthusiasm, only to abandon them quickly with equal enthusiasm, so I’m glad that I’ve been doing this for almost 4 months and 100 posts. Second, I’m shortly going to reach 3,000 pageviews. So thank you for reading, and if you haven’t been reading, you probably should.

One of the most interesting aspects about being a sports fan is considering WHY you’re actually such a big fan. Jerry Seinfeld once said that rooting for a team is really like rooting for clothes. In a sense he’s right, but there’s so much more than that. Sports teams bring pride (though sometimes shame), and a feeling of identity to their supporters. Life is transitory. Most people live in different places and friendships/relationships will often come and go. A team might be the only constant over a lifetime. In 2004, I was a college freshman in the Boston area. That year, the Boston Red Sox won the World Series for the first time since 1918. Near school, there was a cemetery which I occasionally walked through. In the weeks after they won, there was a lot of Red Sox World Champions memorabilia on and around gravestones. It was a way of saying “the Red Sox finally did it, and I wish you were there to see.” That’s what being a fan means.

But as serious as fandom can be, there’s one situation where it shouldn’t be involved.

Funny. All her life, the woman has been talking and dreaming about the perfect proposal. When her Jimmy Fallon lookalike boyfriend (intentional?) finally pops the question, it’s on the Jumbotron at a baseball game. She says “sure”, but her face says it all. Guys, step it up. I know Detroit isn’t the world’s greatest place, but surely there’s a better place to propose than at Comerica Park in front of 40,000 people. Of course, this happens all the time to the point where it’s cliche. Another downside is that it puts a huge amount of pressure on the woman to say yes. Otherwise, both man and woman end up appearing idiotic, like these poor people (the second link is amazing, since the announcer is joking about the woman saying no right before it happens). So propose somewhere more meaningful, more intimate, and more private. Just remember, the Jumbotron is for cheesy dancing, not cheesy proposals.

Overrated Baseball Players Debate Shaving

If you’ve ever wanted to see Jonathan Papelbon and Nick Swisher argue about whether the Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D is better for wet or dry shaving, this is your lucky day.

For more information, you can visit greatshavedebate.com. I was about to make fun of anyone who visited that site, but it has a coupon and a sweepstakes contest, so it might actually be worthwhile.

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