Regular readers of these electron arrangements will recall that there are several of us, 67Marquez and YT among us, who detest the blue-white-and-red dot racer color scheme. To us, it characterizes a slapdash approach to the stadium experience. As such, it's an affront to an outfit that does all those little things on the baseball operations side -- maybe better than anyone. It's something that troubleth the soul of the team we love. Please note that this is quite apart from actually cheering for the stupid little orbs -- to me it ranks only inches above The Wave in proving PTBarnum's theorem. But I digress.
So. Last evening I corralled one of the comely, young marketing assistants, who gave me the name of one David D, who, she assured me, could address this matter of deep and lasting ennui. I emailed him today, as follows:
To: David D
Subject: Please change the Dot colors!
At the pregame event last night, one of the hostesses gave me your name as
someone who might be able to help.
Why, oh WHY, are the dots red white and blue (Red Sox colors, no less -- at
least you arranged for the red dot not to win, but cripes)?
Why, in a day when you can get custom-made M&Ms in A's team colors, can't
you-all customize the dots to be team colors -- then we'd always win!
Plus the crowd, which goes nuts for that silliness anyway, would REALLY go
nuts for this.
And, scoring big points for timeliness and politesse, if still blind to the eye-popping brilliance of the solution thus succinctly presented, he responded as follows:
Thank you for your interest in Dot Racing. Dot Racing has had Red White and Blue Dots since it's [sic] inception in 1987. The colors are based on the colors of our nations [sic] flag [Note: also France's ] It is part of the tradition of the unique ballpark experience. There has been some discussion internally about changing the colors but Red White and Blue won out. This feature is sponsored and therefore ultimate approval lies with our client. Thanks again and we thank you for your support of the Oakland Athletics as we celebrate our 40th Anniversary.
He's very welcome. And, of course, he's very wrong.
He did make the error of indicating that The Client has final authority on this issue. A little further digging revealed that said client has an executive VP in charge of just these matters:
... Vice President of Marketing, has over 10 years of marketing and sales experience[!]. Mr. K is responsible for FusionStorm’s corporate marketing, branding and communications strategies. He joined the company in 1998 and under his direction FusionStorm has grown to be one of the most recognized and respected... [yadayada]
Still with me? Okay, then it seems to me that a diaristo might be deputized to convey the results of a poll to this Mr. K, on behalf of the citizenry of AN, hopefully to the effect that he could single-handedly rejuvenate the tired marketing, branding and communication strategery , by changing that stoopid-from-the-inception dot color scheme. Not that I'm trying to drum-up support.
Now, it may be that nobody 'cept 67Marquez and YT actually gives an Angels fan's patoot about this issue. If so, nobody will vote and Marquez and YT will retire to our respective corners, muttering and shaking an occasional angry fist at an indifferent deity. Or, I might argue passionately that such a show of indifference is prima feces PROOF that the strategery is old-n-busted. So what if I'd lose.
On the assumption that this screed has now gone on long enough that I can avoid getting Nico's goat, as it were, 'tis time for a thoroughly biased and unscientific poll of the AN cognoscenti (note that indifference is not an option -- express it, if you must, by not letting your voice be heard on this important topic):
Resolved: that we denizens of A's Nation are endowed with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of a different color scheme for the Coliseum racing dots. We respectfully request your urgent attention to this matter
Yes -- change them to team colors: green, gold and white. (164 votes)
No -- keep the dreary old Red Sox color scheme: blue, red and white. (29 votes)
193 total votes