If you think major league baseball is slow in January, imagine if you have to work the minor league beat. If you do, at least there’s this: the Columbus Clippers — who play in the same town as the Ohio State Buckeyes — and the Eugene Emeralds — who play in the same town as the Oregon Ducks — are making a friendly wager.
Forgive the Ohio-centric wording of this, Ducks fans and Buckeyes-haters, but it came from the Clippers’ website:
The losing team will participate in their city’s Polar Bear Plunge event. So when the Buckeyes win on Monday, January 12, the Emeralds staff, while wearing a mixture of Ohio State and Clippers gear, would participate in Polar Plunge Eugene on February 7 at Maurie Jacobs Park. If the Buckeyes happen to lose, the Clippers staff, while wearing a mixture of Oregon and Emeralds gear, would participate in Columbus Polar Plunge on February 21 at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. The event will be documented on the team’s social media accounts.
Seems a tad unfair given that the average temperature is way lower in Columbus than it is in Eugene this time of year, but I suppose that’s not our problem.
They’re calling this a “Pass a Cold One” wager and will benefit each team’s local chapter of the Special Olympics.