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Red Bull= Possible Red Flag as Stimulant



There has been an ever increasingly dangerous activity rising amongst the Major League Baseball community over the past several seasons. MLB has been actively very proactive during recent years to try and remove the toxic stimulants and addictive presence of chemicals that can cause harm to its stable of athletes. But there is  still one group of stimulants in the beverage form, that they have thrown a blanket over and cosidered them safe enough to excluded from their list of banned recently substances since 2006. And maybe because of this items high commercial profile, this addictive stimulant beverage has been left totally alone and  just might be the stimulant of choice by MLB players right now.

And I know firsthand all about the increasing battle as I was an active battle participant during their ever increasing FREE samplings and the multiple public ingestions of this addicitve products for so long as a Pepsi salesman. But in recent years, I have seen more and more MLB players and staffers beginning to show a more addictive reaction by ingesting more and more of this product, amd sometimes in plain sight of kids and their parents attending MLB games. And since these same players are the positive examples that our kids look up to, could that shiny tin can buldging out of their back pockets be an invitation to our kids to also sample the beverages and wanting more for themselves?

And I personally did not have the adequate information on the dangers of what I was selling to the public and promoting to teams like the Tampa Bay Rays while with Pepsi. I was even so naive enough about the possible side effects of the product to provide FREE cases of the product to members of the team wihtout hesitation. I always knew that someday I might get a high jolt of reality  that would bring me back my senses  and the real life consequences that the beverage I was peddling might be doing more harm than good. But that is how it is with most salesmen right? We sell things without regard to the future effects.

I knew some of the potential dangers, as they were told to me via the Pepsi promotional materials, but these same pamphlets did not include any scientific information about the chemicals contained in that small can. And yet I still sold the product without a moments hesitation, not knowing the actual nutritional value of the beverage was a shallow shell, and that possible side effects could someday pose difficult health situation for the consumer.

And to be totally honest, I might have sampled a total of two cans in my lifetime as I did not need that “rush” of energy or boost of power as I am normally high strung and these beverages just took me to the state of jitters and nervous energy. But then again, the first group of salesmen to condone the sales of Coca Cola might not have been privvy to the true contents of their high volume beverage, or the honest fact of the extent of traces of cocaine swirling around in that 8 ounce bottle either.

But that should be no justification for myself or other salesman to promote a product with  an unknowing zeal. I should have done some side research into the product, and not let the company’s common justification/belief system bounce around in my noggin that as consenting adults, we all know the possible risks of what we were doing when we purchased this drink, and took on the full boat of responsibility of any future suffering from the ill effects, or lifetime health pricetag we might pay for our beverage addiction. 


But the one segment that I might have used my personal tunnelvision on was seeing the multitudes of kids who were steadily watching these same role models and athletes down a 20 ounce can in a single gulp and then go back to playing the game a few moments later. Lost somewhere in translation in my mind was the fact that kids also idolized these players, and if they drank Red Bull or another brand of energy drink, then maybe they should too. MLB took steps in 2006 to outlaw a huge segment of stimulants, but this one beverage has been on the stimulant frontlines for a long time with no opposition from the league.

I have to say I am in total opposition to this beverage ever setting foot in plain sight again  anywhere on a MLB field. I do not want to personally see these cans being drained into a Gatorade bottle by a player sitting in the Bullpen, then sucked down like a energy cocktail within eyesight of young kids. I would like these drinks hidden from view or eliminated from the field of play, or outside the clubhouse as a secondary stimulant that could cause harm to our fine tuned athletes, or  used to promote their use by our children. I hate to say it, but in this case, “Out of sight, out of mind” might be the best formula.

Granted, I know that MLB will not eliminate these beverages totally from the game, but their inclusion on benches or within sight of the fans and the kids in attendance should be stopped right now. And that is why I feel that the energy drink industry could potentially be the next level of stimulant disaster for the Major Leagues. For it is the energy beverage of choice in the MLB’s clubhouses and Bullpens and is a stimulant that promotes only a short-term rush of instant energy, but can also bring about a increasing level of addiction to the instant rush of the beverage as it flows through the body. And maybe it has taken this long for me to get the courage to consult and advise the fans and some of the ears around baseball about these potentially dangerous beverages.

And the worst part is that some of the beverage companies like Red Bull actually furnish their products FREE by the caseloads to teams like the Rays for consumption before, during and after games. And the availiability of these beverage within an arms length only  increases their level of consumption. Lost in all of this is the  quick letdown and fatigue factors that follow the massive consumption, and the odd bodily sensations experienced after the effects of the beverage  start to wear off.

It is easier for an ex-salesmen like me to preach to you the bold taste an
d boost of energy you get from these chemical mixtures and forget the fact it is providing a mish-mosh concoction of good and bad chemicals within this single beverage to put into our bodies, and sometimes abused by excess in large quantities.
This is a part of my old saleman’s position I do not hold in high regard. I sometimes felt like an old snakeoil salesman on the plains of the Old West. For I did not think of the possible reprecussions or possible adulation of the kids under 18 also screaming and wanting this beverage because they saw so and so drink one on the bench or before a baseball game.

I learned a long time ago as an athlete myself that I can not trust everything told to me or given to me as a “helping agent”. I had to do some of my own “legwork” in the past because I wanted to be responsible as an adult and potential role model to people who saw me use a product. I have to admit, I am a huge Dr. Pepper addict, and that same basic additive of Caffiene is also a huge component of every energy drinks. But I also know that a single small can of Red Bull or AMP has about a 8-packs worth of sugar and caffeine nestled within that 20 ounces of golden fluid.

Small eyes of our kids see everything that happens on a MLB field, or just beyond it. And the constant influx of people on ads joyfully enjoying a jolt of energy from these drinks or the one-gulp tasting swigs of this product bring about  truth problems for our younger growing fans. Energy drinks are made for the basic stimulation of our adrenal glands to produce extra energy and open our blood vessels to circulate more oxygen throughout our system.

But when is the price is too much to feel that rush or boost of energy for that brief segment in time. Energy drinks are currently legal in every MLB ballpark, even in the stadium bars as additive to our cocktails. But shouldn’t someone really look long and hard into these beverages and see if their addictive and short-term “highs” might be damaging more than just the athletes bodies… they might also be harming our future fan base? I think so, but then I used to “push” this product for a living, so can you even trust my words here?

World Series Tidbits……….The Weds. Edition



Everyone in America must send a Thank You note to the Tampa Bay Rays’ shortstop Jason Bartlett for stealing second base in the 5th inning of Game 1 of the 2008 World Series. As you might know. If a player steals a base during any of the 2008 World Series Games, the public can steal a taco on Taco Bell. Well, in the first game tonight, America can get it’s Mexican food fix in a few days. Read below for the time and date you can go to your local Taco Bell location and get your freebie.



As you might know by now, everyone in America  will get a FREE Taco Bell Crunchy Spicy Beef Taco on Tuesday October 28th, between the hours of 2-6 p.m. 

Here is how to obtain your FREE Taco.

 If an eligible base was stolen during the Games, Taco Bell will make an announcement through selected media channels, including a press release and its web site (, that eligible consumers can obtain their free Crunchy Seasoned Beef Taco on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 (if base is stolen in Games 1-4 on October 22, 23, 25 or 26) OR Monday, November 3, 2008 (if base is stolen in Games 5-7, October 27, 29 or 30) (“Redemption Date”) only. To obtain the Free Taco, consumers must visit any participating Taco Bell® restaurant in one of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. (local time) on the Redemption Date only and request a Free Crunchy Seasoned Beef Taco. Free Tacos will not be offered on any other date or time, regardless of circumstance. Limit one (1) Free Crunchy Seasoned Beef Taco per person. Participating Taco Bell restaurant manager reserves the right to deny Free Taco to any person he/she reasonably believes has already received a Free Taco or has engaged in any other fraudulent activity. All eligible consumers: Everyone in line at a participating Taco Bell restaurant before 6:00 p.m. local time will receive a Free Taco, even if it is provided after 6:00 p.m. Free Taco offer is subject to store availability and Taco Bell reserves the right to substitute an item of equal or greater value if due to unavailability. All restaurant managers’ decisions are final regarding to Free Taco offer. As a condition of the offer, each consumer agrees: (a) to release, and hold harmless Major League Baseball Properties, Inc., Major League Baseball Enterprises, Inc., MLB Advanced Media, L.P., MLB Media Holdings, Inc., MLB Media Holdings, L.P., MLB Online Services, Inc., the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, and the Major League Baseball Clubs, and each of their respective shareholders, employees, parents, directors, officers, affiliates, subsidiaries, representatives, agents, successors, and assigns (hereinafter, “MLB Entities”), Sponsor and each of their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, retailers, sales representatives, distributors and franchisees, and each of their officers, directors, employees and agents (“Promotional Parties”), from any and all claims, demands, losses, promises, causes of action, injuries, damages and/or liabilities, that may arise, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from the participation in this Promotion or from the receipt or use or misuse of the Free Taco, or any travel or activity related to the receipt or use of the Free Taco (b) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and participant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental, special, consequential, or any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses; (c) all causes of action arising out of or connected with this Promotion or any Free Taco or any advertising, marketing, promotion or publicity materials in connection therewith, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; and (d) any and all claims, judgments, and award shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, excluding attorneys’ fees and court costs. By participating, each consumer agrees that all issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Terms and Conditions, consumer’s rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with this Promotion, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of State of California, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rule

After reading all of that I was hungry for a Triple steak burrito too.


Handheld Camera Guy Rocks

By now, you’ve probably noticed those mobile close-up shots during the TBS telecasts when a player trots toward the plate after a home run. It’s the handiwork of veteran cameraman Matt Cunningham, 44, of Kansas. Cunningham lugs a 35-pound camera in his right arm as he follows alongside players, a gimmick approved by Major League Baseball three years ago. He makes many of the decisions on who to follow, and when, on the spur of the moment.

“It’s hard and takes a lot work,” said Cunningham. “I look down at the viewfinder occasionally, but I’ve got to be aware of not running into players and umpires. I can’t step into the field of play, all kinds of stuff.”

Cunningham has become a master of running with the camera over the past three seasons, always keeping track of who’s at bat or on base. “When (B.J.) Upton and (Evan) Longoria are up, I don’t want to be out in the crowd,” he said. In Game 6, he was getting a shot in the Red Sox bullpen when Jason Bartlett homered and he had to dash a good 40 yards in order to follow the shortstop to the plate. Players occasionally get annoyed with him. “Some have an attitude,” he said, “but most are pretty good about it. It’s a moment of glory for them anyway.”


Bad 1990’s Flashback

I was sitting there at the game and got a really bad 1990’s flashback when the Public Address Announcer told us that the Back Street Boys were going to do the National Anthem. Now I was never a huge fan of their music, but I did dance to it if a woman I was trying to date was shaking herself on the dance floor.

They got out there, and thank goodness they looked older. You know how sometimes you see a band 20 years later and they still try and do the tight leather pants and red bandana (Wonder what Band that was at the Trop?), but are about 40 pounds heavier and more winded after one song.

Anyways, they started out with a really unique redition of the National Anthem, with a few a capella moments and harmonies thrown in for good measures. I actually thought it was a great rendiation, but please do not tell me at tomorrow game that I can download the recording on, or that it is availiable for sale in the Rays store.


What City Do We Play In Again?

Just because this area was called Hillsboro Point before the city of St. Peterburg was incorporated by John Williams many. many years ago should we even be considered a Tampa location. I am getting sick and tired of seeing my hometown blown away by the “Tampa” label. Rox Basbeall Announcer, Tim McCarver twiced called the area the”Tampa Rays.”

And someone who used to manage the Clearwater Threshers called this area and the team the “Tampa Rays” when he was announcing the Philadelphia Phillies lineup for the night.  It got so bad at one point that another Fox Announcer, Joe Buck,  put the Phillies  Class-A , Florida State League team on Clearwater Beach instead of their current site right off US 19 and Drew Street in Clearwater.

 I know mistakes happen, but can we at leats admit we made a mistake so we know you see the error in your ways.  This area is a proud area and we do take offense to the multiple errors in geography and miscalculations on the distance between us and the Tampa skyline. I saw two backgrounds of the skyline off the Hillsborough River tonight, when we were about 20 miles to the west of that location.

At least get a picture of the St. Petersburg Pier, or the sailing academy on Demens’ Landing sending those little crafts out into Tampa Bay. The worst part is the assumption of people who live either south, north or east of us to think that this area is not a metropolitan zone. Did you know that over 921,482 people living in Pinellas county. That makes it the 3rd largest county in the state of Florida. We are also the most densely populated county in Florida. Can’t we at least get the National media to know we have out own identity in this stadium.


Corporate Slinging Here and There:

1B Carlos Pena wiping his brow with a Gator­ade towel. Rays’ Manager Joe Maddon drinking from a Gator­ade cup. Players digging into Gatorade coolers for bubble gum and sunflower seeds on the back of the dugout benches. Huge orange coolers’ sitting on the Bullpen benches in plain sight of the camera as it pans the crowd or follows the ball down the foul line on the ground

Talk about getting your brand out.

If you look in the dugouts and on the postgame interview podiums, the Gator­ade logo will be the only brand seen in the major-league playoffs. Gatorade — created by a group of UF medical researchers — maintains exclusive rights to the  MLB postseason.

In both dugouts, the labels of water bottles have been ripped off, and Gatorade cups — sometimes they are empty — are strategically placed in the postgame interview room.

Interesting enough, the unidentified water bottles are from Aquafina, the official MLB water that is also owned by Gatorade’s parent company, PepsiCo.

I know having been a Pepsi Sales Representative. for the  Tampa Bay Rays for over 5 years that the presence of a certain energy drink has gotten more exposure than they deserve because of Pepsi Bottling Group’s  lack of  enforcement to rid the stadium of the rival beverage.

The local saleman of this rival brand bring caes upon cases into the Rays clubhouse for distribution, and none of the Pepsi branded energy drinks are provided for the players or the fans in the Trop. I could see if the local vendor did not offer an energy alternative that they would allow it to be distributed in the stadium. Pepsi Bottling Group has over 6 different versions and sizes of energy drinks that can be sold at concession stands, or even the imported beer stands in the stadium.

You see players on the bench and coming from the Bullpen bathroom areas with small silver and mlight blue cans sticking out of their pockets and pouring them into cans on the bench area. I know that you can also purchase this beverage in the Budweiser Brewhouse at anytime during the game, or after it and can mix it with Vodka to become a drink called, “The Cowbell.”

I just find it a bit moronic that you can purchase a drink that can give you wings in a place where the top soda provider does not have at least a sampling of their wares to entice or at leats give an alternative to this one drink. It might be more job pride than anything here, because I know we can sell alot of this type of drink during the Rays games.  Maybe I should just go back and sit in the Budweiser Brewhouse and drink another Coors Light and think about all of this for a while.