With the baseball season so close you can already smell the sausages, a plan to attempt one of the lamest Guinness World Records in history has been announced. According to the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers are hoping to have thousands of fans gather next week and spell out the team’s name using glow sticks. Why? Just because.
The Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau and the city of Arlington are looking for 4,200 Rangers fans to show up at parking lot B at 6 p.m. next Friday to hold a blue glow stick. The fans will be arranged so that a giant “Rangers” is spelled out and the results will be filmed from a helicopter and shown on the Ballpark at Arlington video board at the Rangers’ April 6 home opener. Is that the most exciting thing you’ve ever heard?
In addition to being the coolest display of commitment in sports history, the Rangers also have their sights set on a Guinness World Record. If all goes to plan, the hope is that they can set the mark for “largest number of people gathered to spell out a team name with glow sticks.” As the Dallas Morning News pointed out, it doesn’t appear that the record has ever been attempted before, which is shocking since it’s such an awesome idea. I can’t wait to hear the results.
Of all the Guinness World Records we’ve written about here at LBS, this is one of our favorites. The Padres set a Guinness World Record for most dogs in a pet costume parade. No joke. Check it out:
337 dogs showed up for the Padres’ annual “Dog Days of Summer” event. In addition to the costume party, dogs had the opportunity to participate in a pre-game “tail” gate party where prizes were awarded to the best-dressed dogs. Seriously, these pooches in costumes looked better than all the Angels fans wearing wrestling masks and the Rangers fans wearing their sunglasses to set records.
My favorite was the dog that had the glove attached to its back. Probably could play the outfield better than Juan Rivera.
The Brockton Rox of the independent Cam-Am League celebrated National Hot Dog Day Saturday by unveiling the world’s most expensive hot dog. The Massachusetts team sold two of the $80 “K-O Dogs” to set a new Guinness World Record. Here’s a look at the K-O Dog:
So what goes into an $80 hot dog? Here’s the description:
“The half-pound all beef foot long hot dog is deep fried and rolled in truffle oil, then coated with porcini dust, sprinkled with white truffle shavings, and topped with dollops of creme fraiche, caviar and fresh roe. The dog is served in a blini roll.”
Sounds delicious, right?
The previous most expensive hot dog is The Foot Long Haute Dog which sells for $69 at Serendipity 3 in New York City. Looks like they’ll just have to find a way to top the K-O Dog. Maybe they can follow in the footsteps of the Home Run Derby and add some real gold to it — that certainly would boost its value.
We told you on Tuesday that the Texas Rangers were aiming to set a Guinness World Record for most people wearing sunglasses in the dark to celebrate the first day of summer. As you can see, EVERYBODY got in on the act. Though they only needed 424 to beat the previous record, most of the 33,533 fans in attendance reportedly wore their sunglasses. Yup, that includes President George W. Bush, and Nolan Ryan. Frankly, Bush couldn’t have been more cool with the shades on than he was in the second Harold and Kumar. As for Ryan, he earned his cool points with his impressive first pitch thrown last year in the playoffs.
The Texas Rangers‘ new owners made it known when they took over the team they would try to replicate the model the Angels employed to become one of the most fan-friendly teams in sports. They did so by cutting beer prices and giving fans parking refunds during last year’s playoffs. Now they’re following another example set by the Angels: they’re trying for a Guinness World Record during Tuesday night’s game against the Astros.
According to the Rangers’ site via Hardball Talk, the team “will attempt to set a world record for the most people wearing sunglasses in the dark on Tuesday to celebrate the first day of summer.” Sunglasses will be handed out to the first 30,000 fans in attendance who will be asked to wear the shades for 10 minutes at the end of the sixth inning.
So how do the Angels come into play? Well they’re the same team that attempted a record for fans wearing a wrestling mask last month and fans wearing snuggies the year before. I like the thought and I think it will be fun, but we all know where they’re getting their ideas.
UPDATE: The Rangers did set the record. Check out the picture.
As we wrote in March, the Angels had one of the best giveaways ever planned for their May 10th game against the White Sox. They gave away wrestling masks to every single fan in attendance with the goal of setting the Guinness World Record for the “largest gathering of people wearing costume masks.” Seriously. I don’t even know where they come up with this stuff.
The Angels fans in attendance put on masks to start the fifth inning and the stadium scoreboard began a 10-minute countdown where fans had to wear their masks. While most fans were into it and threw on the mask, there were some fans who refused to put theirs on. Still, after 10 minutes (which spilled over to the bottom of the inning), the Angels were able to set the record.
For some reason many professional sports teams this year have decided to take advantage of having so many people in the same place at the same time. The Cavaliers held a snuggie night and then the Angels later broke their record of most people wearing a fleece blanket at the same gathering. The Dodgers shot for a different record — loudest and longest scream in promotion of an Ozzy Osbourne album, but that project failed. On Monday night in San Francisco, the Giants held a 7th inning stretch tribute to Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia who had died 15 years earlier.
7,000 fans were instructed to play “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” on their kazoos in an effort to set a Guinness World Record. Some people are calling the kazoo record attempt a dud, but it actually sounded pretty good to me. Check out this fan video to make the determination for yourself:
Okay, maybe that was kind of weak sauce, but they at least deserve a spot in the record book for creativity, don’t they? We at least know what Bill Walton’s answer would be. By the way, unlike ‘Nam, there are rules to setting a kazoo record. Check em out below, you’ll never believe this:
As part of the Dodgers’ ThinkCure! Weekend to promote cancer research, singer (yeller?) Ozzy Osbourne made an appearance at Dodger Stadium on Friday night. Osbourne rallied the fans in attendance to try and break the Guinness Book of World Records loudest and longest scream during the 5th inning of the Freeway Series meeting between the Angels and Dodgers. I haven’t seen any official confirmation that the collaborative scream didn’t break the record, but judging by the video, they’re not even close. Here’s the Ozzy Osbourne Dodger Stadium scream record attempt video:
The good news is they got some publicity for a good cause — ThinkCure! Weekend. The bad news (aside from the scream record fail) is that the promotion also ties in with the release of an upcoming Ozzy Osbourne album entitled “Scream,” no surprise. What a sly man. Hey, it could have been a lot worse!
It was only a month ago that the Cavaliers set the Guinness World Record for largest gathering of people wearing fleece blankets thanks to a snuggie giveaway at a home game. The Angels saw what the Cavs did and thought pretty logically — we have a larger stadium capacity so we can easily blow that record away and grab some pub in the process. They did just that on the second day of the season, having their fans slip on a Hideki Matsui #55 Angels snuggie in the 5th inning of their game with the Twins. Here’s what it looks like when 43,510 fans slip on a red fleece blanket aka snuggie:
The Angels lost to the Twins 5-3 to even up the series and they got what they deserved for running a cheesy promo. My guess is some college football team comes along and blows them all away this fall. Just what we need, 106,000 maize snuggies at The Big House. Yikes.
Snuggie night wasn’t proving to be too successful early on as the Cavs were trailing by as much as 20 in the second quarter. I don’t know how I feel about the giveaway — it looks like a whole bunch of maroon Yodas in the crowd. Maybe come playoff time they’ll do a snuggie-out.