If you’re heading to a Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs game, you might see the above billboard on the way to the game. Though it has the Iron Pigs look, the billboard was put up by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization. And it’s not just the billboard, the group reached out to the team as well:
The Physicians Committee in a news release Monday said it sent the IronPigs a letter that suggested the team add broccoli or another healthy food to the lineup of mascots who race during each game. Right now, the mascot race includes Chris P. Bacon, Diggity (the hot dog), Hambone and Barbie Q.
Thanks, Mom. The team did respond to the “finish your veggies” letter with one of their own in which they told the PCRM that the Iron Pigs aren’t in “the business or habit of dictating to people what they should or shouldn’t eat or how parents should raise their children.” The team also invited a representative from PCRM to throw out the first pitch at a game, but they should make them promise they won’t just throw a whole shit ton of broccoli at the fans.
At this point it’s just a countdown until they try to make a hat out of actual bacon: The Iron Pigs — who seem more like a marketing group than a baseball team — have thought of a way to celebrate bacon and have fun without even having to play baseball. On September 20th at Coca-Cola Park, the Iron Pigs will host the Bacon and Brews Bash, a beer and bacon festival without any of that silly baseball getting in the way.
For just $40, you can get four hours of “unlimited beer tastings, lots of vendors offering their best bacon oriented food items and live entertainment.” It all goes down just one day after the Iron Pigs’ Bacon 5K Challenge where “fit” people will run 2.5 kilomeeters, stop, eat a half pound of bacon, and then run the remaining 2.5 kilometers. So, if you’re doing the 5K on Friday, Saturday’s Bacon and Brews Bash could be a nice way to wind the weekend down because you are probably a monster.
The “Smell The Change” initiative is brought to life in the IronPigs brand-new bacon-themed Saturday ensemble, which includes a bacon strip logo transfixed to the cap, a fresh ‘Pigs’ jersey design emblazoned across the chest as well as the first-of-its-kind bacon-style piping down both legs of the pants. The bold new bacon strip logo sits atop a two-tone cap featuring the familiar colors of IronPigs Steel and Furnace Blue.
If, for just a moment, you’ll allow me to use an image to sum up my thoughts on this one:
Love. I love this.
The Iron Pigs have really, really stepped up their minor league marketing game the past two seasons. From watersports to touching to death, they’ve really been killing it lately and have taken over the number one spot in Phillies farm system ridiculousness. You’re move, Scott Hunsicker.
Now, you might be wondering: was that Cliff Lee's condo? No, it was not. Pence never moved in with Lee, despite telling an ESPN reporter that would be the arrangement. It was an option, but a few sources tell me he's living at a condo in Philly… with his parents (for now). Not quite as awesome. [UPDATE: It was brought to my attention that this was also mentioned by Ryan Lawrence here.]
And bench coach Pete Mackanin reports, after a week of watching Pence's ferocious hacks at the plate, he kiddingly told Pence he should try blooping in a hit once in a while. To which Pence replied: "Pete, I don't do that. I melt faces."