Lakers fans cheer for good defense and free tacos; Milwaukee Brewers fans will soon be rooting for home runs and free money.
Beginning this week, the Brewers will launch a two-week "Dollars for Dingers" promotion. For every home run the Brewers hit during that nine-game stretch, the team will take $1 off the price of a $28 loge ticket for a two-game St. Louis series in July. If the Brewers hit 28 home runs, tickets will cost nothing.
The odds of that happening are, well, long. Milwaukee hit 69 home runs through 60 games, which projects to 10 homers during the promotional period.
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In another, more gut-wrenching baseball promotion, the Albuquerque Isotopes recently held their seventh annual 50-Cent Hot Dog Extravaganza, where fans broke their own hot-dog eating record by downing 37,669. That breaks down to 3.42 dogs for each of the 11,110 fans in attendance.
Those fans show excellent potential and are hopeful for a call-up to the Dodgers' "All You Can Eat" section.
There's only one MJ
From Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Tribune: "While I was watching Kobe Bryant the other night, it occurred to me that, in essence, I was watching a tribute band. You probably have heard of groups that try to copy rock stars' music, clothes and accessories, right down to the commemorative hookahs. There are, for example, faux Beatles and cloned Doors out there trying to make a living on the road. Bryant could be the best player in NBA history, but he never will be looked at that way for one simple reason. You can't out-Michael Jordan Michael Jordan."
Pop! go the home runs
Among the finalists in the New York Daily News' contest to nickname the home run launching pad that is new Yankee Stadium: "Jack in the Bronx."
Joey Jay, who pitched for two big league clubs, the Braves and Reds, from 1953-1966.
(Question and answer provided by reader Mike Williams of Huntington Beach.)
From reader Stephen Gillon of La Crescenta: "Dwight Howard and Shaq can fight all they want over who is the real Superman, but I'd say Trevor Ariza is the real Man of Steal."