On Tuesday the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles showed up behind home plate for Opening Day against the Astros. Last night, probably because of rainout logistics, the other four lucky winners of Oliver’s little contest made their way to the good seats: women dressed in unicorn costumes and two others in shark costumes.
A Cleveland Caucasians t-shirt got some nice screen time on ESPN
They’re made by a company called Shelf Life Clothing. I first saw and wrote about them back in 2007, but they made a big resurgence in the public eye in 2014 when they became popularized by a hip hop group consisting of three Ojibwa Indians. It was a fun story, mostly because it resulted in white people calling actual Indians racist which is a special kind of insane obliviousness.
I had forgotten about the shirts since then but ESPN’s Bomani Jones was on the network this morning and he wore one of them:
We noted that Matt den Dekker of the Washington Nationals had a nice night against the Braves. But his day was definitely kind of crazy.
We saw him hit a two-run double to bring the Nats from behind and win the game against the Braves, but he woke up yesterday morning in Syracuse, a member of the Triple-A Chiefs. As Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post notes, He was called up mid-yesterday afternoon when Ben Revere was placed in the disabled list. He hopped a 5:30 flight to Atlanta to join the Nationals and showed up at the stadium in Atlanta during the 5th inning. That two-run double came in the seventh.
Speaking as someone whose entire day is ruined if the mail comes five minutes late or if the router needs to be reset, I am nearly incapable of understanding how someone can have the kind of day den Dekker had and just, bam, come in and be a hero like that. Outstanding.