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500 Level Fan of the Game – August 12th, 2012

What a great find by friend of the site @Tburr51, sending in a classic 500 Level Fan of the Game from the August 12th contest against the Yankees.

Ladies and gentlemen, enjoy the Bird Head:

The game was Aug 12.  We spotted the bird head a few innings / beers into the game, one section to our left.

 

He was an immediate hit with the group I was with.  He was keepign score, swilling back Cokes, and our group was waiting for him to give his bird a swig.

 

As you can see, he never took his eye off the game, especially as shown by him walking up the steps with his eye on the field after his 6th inning pee break.

 

He kept the bird head on all game.  It was a foam piece of art, but I never got close enough to determine if it was store bought or home made.  But it was quite the beauty.  He stayed to the bitter end.

What a trooper the Bird Head man was.

Hats off buddy.

500 Level Fan of the Game – Safeco Field Edition

Special thanks to good friend @TheCraiger for his wit and photo skills.  Keep up the good work!

Straight down the I-5 about 2.5 hours from Vancouver is Seattle. The drive through the gut of the pacific northwest is beautiful. Lush douglas furs, towering Mount Baker, and the thought of spotting a Sasquatch in the full squat taking a dump is what makes the drive so great.

Safeco field is a gorgeous stadium with an authentic American ballpark feel. Great beer ranging from Coors, Bud and Miller, to a massive assortment of micro brews from the pacific north west.

Seattle has a brutal team, albeit fresh off a perfect game. Thanks to this feat the level of excitement was a bit higher than usual. Roof open, famous garlic fries frying, and of course beer flowing.

I wish I had a drunken story for you. A flashing U of W coed or a pressed ham from a blind drunk stud frat guy would have been terrific.

Rather it is with disgust I give you ‘Curly, Larry and Mo’.

I warm you that there is no central theme to my choice. I just felt this needs to be documented.

Curly, the lady on the left, looks more like an inflated female version of Rory McIlroy than she does anything else. However God bless her. She had her radio, score book, enough peanuts to keep an elephant happy for a month, and of course cracker jacks.

Larry was essentially a 60 year old child. Giggling for no reason, he had a baseball glove on (notice he is a southpaw like yours truly) and even a Hunting-style vest on. However the most disturbing part of this picture was his Bluetooth. He was talking baseball the entire time and made no eye contact with his two partners, so I can’t help but think he was on the phone talking shop.

Finally, Mo. There is a very good chance Mo was a savant, or suffers from autism. So it was weird to watch him crushing beers all night. He was barely able to get a word out, as it looked impossible for him to say what he was really thinking. And this was before the beer!

At any rate, it was a great game with a win for the home team on a chilly night at a lovely ball park.

@TheCraiger

Live – Fan of the Game!

This was sent to the 500 Level Fan headquarters in the 5th inning of this afternoon’s game from friend of the site @TheCraiger.

Though the fan of the game is intoxicated man in the forefront, don’t forget to feast your eyes on the mustachioed gent in the background.  What a delight!

From @TheCraiger:

“A coward is born every minute. This man is living proof. Not only because he is getting married in 2 days, but because he is who he is. Make no mistake about it, @bsaunders33 is a coward.

My 500 level fan of the game, is ‘the man of new found marital status, and continued cowardice’.

His heckles are lame, his hat is square like John Farrell’s and he keeps farting. What a quack.

Due to alcohol consumption, this is all I got.

Thanks”

International Fan of the Game – June 20th, 2012

The Washington Nationals are a great young baseball team.  They have stars such as Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman, and Gio Gonzalez, and are having a fantastic season.

By all accounts, Nationals Park is a beautiful stadium, one that I’d like to visit.

And now, thanks to friend of the site @TheCraiger, we can be assured of another thing: the Washington Nationals have wonderful fans.

Wonderful, drunken fans.

I had the pleasure of attending the Washington Nationals/Tampa Bay Rays game at Nationals Park on Wednesday evening. It was a perfect night for baseball. The stadium itself is nice because it’s outdoors, new, and well manicured. It’s always nice to watch a game when you are surrounded by fans who care, and will make comments about anything that is on their baseball minds.

But let’s get to what’s important- the 500 Level fan of the Game. Ladies and gentlemen, I’m proud to announce ‘the redneck with a fuzzy upper lip’.

For ease of description, let’s call him ‘Jeb’.

Jeb was a redneck. The skin on his neck was weathered. It was wrinkle-laden and perma-tanned from years of abuse and complete disregard for the true benefits of sunscreen.

Jeb was a drunk pedestrian. He was drinking light beers all night, so I felt I owed him the benefit of the doubt. Boy, was I wrong. He must have showed up to the park half cut. When he turned back and looked in my general direction I became worried. His eyes looked like a road map of Europe – so red and veiny. They were glazed over like an Easter ham and I’m positive some of his vision was compromised. I’m not a doctor, but I’d bet a few bucks on the fact that he had cataracts. This serious eye condition or not, he was well on his way to blindness.

Jeb was a working man, his nails were filthy and long.

Jeb had a duster. This was the icing on the cake.

He didn’t scream, make strange comments, or make a scene. The only meaningful peep that came from this intoxicated mouth was a genuine chuckle when someone screamed at Bryce Harper “that’s a clown question, bro’. Jeb was a drunken man who was fully immersed in his surroundings, and was approaching a modest level of paralysis.

Thanks Jeb for giving me a peek into your world.

@TheCraiger

500 Level Fan of the Game – June 13th, 2012

Is there much more that needs to be said?

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St. Louis Blues cap.

Pure black clothing – shoes, socks, shorts, shirt, cap.

Socks pulled to the upper shin.

Pasty white skin.

Intense focus.

He didn’t care that Toronto was getting thumped on its way to a sub-.500 record.

He was having a blast.

Godspeed sir.

Godspeed.

 

500 Level Fan of the Game – May 29th, 2012

A beautiful night at the dome last night – not too hot, not too cold, just perfect.  The action on the field was pretty good too, with the Jays knocking off the Orioles for the second straight day.  Despite doing their absolute best to blow an 8-1 lead, Toronto held on for the 8-6 win to regain some momentum after the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week that was.

Even though it was a nice night, the action in the 500 Level was slow.  A lot of empty seats surrounded me, even though I was joined by two of Toronto’s most renowned young musicians – Misters Davis and Kelneck

There was one fan, however, who made up for all the empty seats.  She made the noise of hundreds, drank the beer of dozens, and danced like her feet were on fire.  She started in the second inning, and – like the Energizer Bunny – just kept going, and going, and going, and going…..

Ladies and gentlemen, the 500 Level Fan of the Game for May 29th is the Dancin’ Lunatic.

Clad in a Colby Rasmus t-shirt, one would have expected her biggest ovations to be held for the CF.  But it wasn’t the case.  She cheered equally wild and aggressive, for EVERY member of the Jays, from Cooper to Davis, Bautista to Romero.  I have a sneaky suspicion that she had no idea who was even batting – player or team – at any point.  But she didn’t care.

The blue and white pom-poms were also a nice touch, and they never stopped moving.

The photo is a bit blurry, but you can see two people in the seats beside her.  At first glance, we thought they were with her.  But as the innings progressed we noticed more and more that not only did they not speak to her, they kept slowly moving away from her.  Who knows if she even knew them at all.

But then, just as quickly as she started, the Dancing Lunatic suddenly stopped, put down her pom-poms and left.  She paused briefly for a short solo dance a few rows down, but after that she simply walked away, gone into the night.

Post game, as we walked away from the dome talking about riveting subjects like dead squirrels, the Beatles coming to America, and country street parties, the unthinkable happened: the Dancing Lunatic reappeared.  She looked to be heading to Union Station, but in as crooked a line as possible.  Staggering left and right, the Lunatic walked directly into at least a dozen people – and that was just what we could see.

I trust she got home safely, and I can only hope that one day this season we can all be so lucky as to share a section with the Dancing Lunatic again.

500 Level Fan of the Game – April 28th, 2012

 

Our old friend @thecraiger was in town over the weekend to take in a Jays game. Lucky for him he sat right behind Vancouver Canucks netminder Roberto Luongo…or at least a ringer for Bobby Lu. Needless to say, @thecraiger was not too impressed with him, and makes Bobby last Saturday’s 500 Level Fan of the Game:

Was he a coward? No. Did he let the entire city down? No. Was he a overpaid ‘elite’ NHL goalie who’s wife has such a lack of respect for him that she wouldn’t move to Vancouver to support her husband? No. But wow, did he ever look like the Vancouver Canucks net minder Roberto Luongo. His looks, general demeanor, and mannerisms make me happy to announce the 500 Level Fan of the game simply as ‘Lou’.

His emotions during the Saturday April 28th game against Seattle when a grand

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slam flew off the bat of Edwin Encarnaceon said it all – he was a laid back dude with no heart or passion for the game- like Lou. However, unlike the real Lou there was no way knowing if this Lou was a person dripping with utter cowardice and arrogance.

Cheers to this Lou, and anti-cheers to his greasy hair, teammates in Vancouver, and

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Go back.

500 Level Fan of the Game – May 1st, 2012

A great game at the ol’ dome last night.  It had it all: an amazing start (4 straight strikeouts for Hutch), a terrible second inning, a Bau home run, a thrilling comeback, a blown save, and a walk off blast by Lawrie.  The crowd wasn’t huge but those of us that were there, after some unpleasant curses thrown at Francisco Cordero for his continued lousiness, went home happy.

One fan in particular missed most of that.  To be fair, she was only like this for the first four innings before the rest of her group arrived, but I don’t know if she knew the first four innings even happened.

The 500 Level Fan of the game yesterday – the Model Employee.  With the lap top fully out and running, she was 100% engaged in what she was doing.  Not content to leave work where it belongs – at the office – she brought it with her to the Rogers Centre, showing her devotion to her career. 

Drew Hutchison striking out three straight powerful Texas Rangers hitters to start the game?  That holds nothing on the latest TPS report.

Kelly Johnson swatting a 3-run bomb to cut the Jays deficit to two runs?  Not as exciting as Microsoft Excel!

Bautista breaking out of his season long slump with a mammoth blast to left field?  No way!  Give me PowerPoint!

Once the fifth inning hit, she was fully engaged with the game, but nothing can take those first four innings away.  Congratulations Model Employee!

500 Level Fan of the Game – April 14, 2012

A very special Fan of the Game submission today, provided by a man who was as far as away from the dome as you can get in Canada – rainy Vancouver, home of the dreadfully disappointing Canucks.

Via the wonder that is Twitter, here is the latest edition of the 500 Level Fan of the Game.

“Brett Lawrie’s attempt to steal home and the anticipation of Bau breaking out of his slow start at the plate are usually pretty exciting things to look out for at the Dome. Well tell that to this mini 500 level fan of the game – The Beautiful Infant.

The Beautiful Infant is the six week old Lily, and by the looks of it, she is already a fan. With a cute little Blue Jay shirt, she looks like she has been a fan for years.

Though I was not at the game, I understand (via twitter) that Lily was an aggressive sleeper at the Dome. Unlike her father, who shall remain nameless, Lily is not passed out due to robust alcohol intake. Rather Lily is tired because she is a baby.

Being a baby at the dome has to be difficult. No decent food by baby standards, beer isn’t served warm (or served from a breast) and most of all there are so many idiots screaming uncontrollably. By the looks of it, Lily could care less – she’ll be just fine!

This was the first of many many trips to the Dome for Lily, and one thing is for sure, she fits right in. She looks the part, and will demand

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that AA puts the best possible team on the field.

The Beautiful Infant was easily the most well behaved person at the game. Lily, keep up the good work!”

And Sauny – you keep up the good work as well. Keep the fan of the game submissions coming!

500 Level Fan of the Game – April 10th, 2012

Great game at the ol’ Dome last night, my first of the season, and my first using the new Jays Fan Pass.  Other than a few glitches (multiple swipes to get it to register, and the fact that my dad’s card was de-magnetized forcing him to go to customer service) the group got in and settled by the second inning.

With 500 Level Fan’s favourite man Edwin Encarncion leading the way, the Jays pounded Boston 7-3 to move back over the .500 mark.  Kyle Drabek pitched very well (5.1 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 1 ER, 4 K), and EE, Escobar, Lind, and Lawrie each had a pair of hits.  The only troubling signs came from Colby Rasmus, who continues to struggle and is now hitting .095, and Jose Bautista, who had a hat-trick of strikeouts and is now 1 for his past 16.

But hey, a win’s a win.  We’ll take it.

As we settled into our seats a quick look around showed us a pretty Jays friendly section.  A lot of younger people, a lot of jerseys, and a ton of new caps were everywhere. 

But then we see a genuine celebrity, and there was no doubt who the 500 Level Fan of the Game would be.

Everybody has heard of Friar Tuck.  You may be aware of NY Giants defensive player Justin Tuck.  Some of you might even know FTC – Fully Tucked Chuck.

But have you ever in your life seen this man?

Here he is – Terrible Tuck.

That is a deep, agressive tuck.  Incredible.  Congrats TT on being 500 Level Fan’s first Fan of the Game for 2012.