If you’re a serious baseball nut and you’ve never been to Reading, Pa. for a minor league game, you really should schedule a trip to see the Reading Fightin’ Phils. As a city, Reading has seen much better days, but the Phillies Double-A affiliate has preserved its ballpark atmosphere as a true representation of a minor league baseball experience. No promotion – even one that risks human life — is too nutty for the R-Phils; they’ve made the Crazy Hot Dog Vendor a permanent part of their franchise, for chrissakes.
On Friday night, after the R-Phils dropped a 7-4 decision to the Harrisburg Senators, daredevil David “The Bullet” Smith loaded himself into a cannon and was launched from the outfield to home plate at FirstEnergy Stadium. Watch the video below to see the air Smith catches on his way into the netting.
This is what minor league promotions are all about. Forget launching fireworks; in Reading, they straight up launch people. On Sunday, the R-Phils are giving away blankets that will “Put Your Head on the Crazy Hot Dog Vendor’s Body” which we figure means a custom Snuggie. Sweet.