Ken Babby’s baseball franchises will never be accused of lacking creativity.

Babby owns the Akron RubberDucks and the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.

The Jacksonville team had a home stand last week, including a game on Sunday — Father’s Day.

At Thursday night’s game, the team ran a promotion called “You Might Be a Father” and handed out free pregnancy tests.

Depending upon the test results, the team said, tongue fully in cheek, this would let men know whether they should attend the Father’s Day game, too.


Well, this wasn’t exactly what we were trying to do.

My favorite newspaper printed a big ad last week urging people to subscribe. It included a photo of a male model reading a newspaper, which he was holding in his right hand, with his left elbow on the table and his left hand resting against the side of his head. Well, actually, only one finger was resting against his head. The middle one.

At least one reader called the newspaper to ask why we were giving prospective readers the finger.


Bob: Our Hudson Hub-Times was previewing homes for the upcoming House and Garden Tour. Writing about one of the homes, a columnist noted that “the dining room has the original dental moulding.”

This caused my husband to ask the obvious question: When they need repair work done, do they call a contractor or a dentist?

Kathy Merwin



This arrived in response to the dreadful news that the Cleveland Cavaliers will wear an advertising logo on the front of their uniforms next season.

If there’s any shred of good news associated with that revelation, it’s that the company is local — Goodyear — and the logo is far less intrusive than others that will pop up around the NBA, especially the big, red, rectangular “infor” patch (it’s a software company) that will deface the Brooklyn Nets’ black-and-white jerseys.

Bob: As long as you’re continuing to discuss uniform logos, I had to speculate what logo might appear on the Browns’ uniform if that placement becomes an opportunity.

I think it should be another local corporation.

Maybe Sherwin Williams’ globe, with their longtime theme, “We cover the Earth.”

Progressive Insurance: “Go with the Flo.”

Goodyear’s Wingfoot (again): “Get off on the right foot.”

My favorite …

American Greetings: “Get Well Soon.”

Bob Gold



We recently beefed about incorrect math that consistently appears on the Cleveland Indians’ enormous scoreboard at Progressive Field.

Three of the batting stats identified as “percentages” are actually “averages.” For instance, an “on-base percentage” of .361 is actually an on-base percentage of 36.1 — or else the batter would be getting on base far less than 1 percent of the time.

That led to this voicemail from reader Sharon Kaffen.

“Once you get that straightened out, maybe you could start on this: innings pitched. I don’t believe that five innings plus one batter is 5.1 innings.”

She was talking about stats on the ESPN website, not the Beacon Journal. Our box scores show it as 5? innings pitched.

And she’s exactly right. With three outs per inning, if a pitcher retires one batter, that’s one-third of an inning, not one-tenth.

One-tenth would apply only in the case of Eddie Gaedel, a pinch-hitter who stood 3-foot-7 and weighed 65 pounds.

That 1951 publicity stunt was the brainchild of former off-the-wall Indians owner Bill Veeck, who at that point owned the St. Louis Browns.

And, yes, Gaedel walked in his only at-bat. On four pitches.

On-base average: 1.000.

On-base percentage: 100.

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