On Friday night, Andrew and I went to "Awful Night" at the Salem Red Sox game. We weren't totally sure what to expect with "Awful Night" but we thought we'd go since we had free tickets, thanks to a coupon in the Valpak. The Red Sox fan page on Facebook said to "expect the worst giveaway ever for the first 1,000 fans, awful pregame music, and by far the most awful post game fireworks display you will ever see!"
Sure enough, the game was completely awful, in the best and most hilarious ways possible.
As two of the first 1,000 fans, Andrew and I were given a piece of paper in order to redeem our "complimentary compliments" from these guys:
We didn't actually redeem them, but I'm sure they would just say something nice to you when you handed them the piece of paper.
While we were waiting for the game to start, we listened to the most hideous pregame music, which was being sung by a man dressed in a banana suit. Closer to game time, they played Hanson's "MMMBop" and Lou Bega's "Mambo No. Five" over the loud speakers. Repeatedly.
When the players from the other team would come up to bat, their pictures on the big screen would be messed up or changed completely (you might have to click on the picture to make it bigger in order to see their wonderful pictures).
In between the innings they played some really great games. And by great, I mean awful.
First they had the Underwear Slingshot. Instead of shooting t-shirts into the crowd, they thought we'd appreciate some oversized underwear instead. They also played Awful Musical Chairs...without taking away a chair each time. Then there was the Taco Bell toss, using a ball that was far too big for the hole that it was supposed to go into. Of course, then we had the helium balloon toss, along with a staring contest with the mascots whose eyes are permanently sewn open (below).
The prize for winning these games was a million dollars. Unfortunately, all of the games were impossible to win, and the players' consolation prizes consisted of a ruler and a pencil (woo hoo!).
Once the game was over, they had the "Worst Fireworks Ever!" I missed the first firework (yes, there was only one), but I did get a video of the "grand finale"... (if you read our blog through e-mail, you might have to go to the actual website to see the video: http://www.hartmanshighlightreel.blogspot.com/)
So, that was our BEST awful baseball game ever. Let's hope we see some better fireworks than that tonight! Happy 4th of July everyone!