Ah, the old pairing of fat guys and hot women rears its predictable head again.
MIAMI - The Florida Marlins are looking for some footloose fat men. The National League team is creating an all-male, plus-size cheerleading squad to be dubbed the Manatees. Tryouts were scheduled for Sunday.First of all--baseball cheerleaders? Apparently, the Miami Marlins--gotta get used to that name--already have a female cheerleading squad named the Mermaids. The reporter describes them as "considerably more svelte." Whatever--this is baseball, and I've never heard of cheerleaders in baseball.
The team hopes to recruit seven to 10 tubby men to dance, cheer and jiggle during Friday and Saturday home games this season.
Not that I'm a lover of tradition for tradition's sake. I'm cool with interleague play, and while I'd rather see pitchers hit, I don't think the designated hitter is an abomination. I've never seen the big deal about steroid or other drug abuse in the game. But cheerleaders?
And now, the fat guys. The Manatees, for crying out loud.
Look, this is Miami. South Beach. Wilton Manors. So gay the homophobes are campy. Okay, not that gay--but gay enough that maybe the local guys--who, as the article points out rather snarkily, aren't known for showing up at the games--might appreciate a little eye candy of their own. Why not? It's not like they're selling tickets now.
Expand the base, I say--give women and gay men a reason to skip work and go to a getaway game on a Tuesday afternoon.