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Behind the Music: the Fred McGriff Tom Emanski commercial

Jan 5, 2010, 1:55 PM EDT

You’ve seen the commercials for years: “Major League superstar” Fred McGriff in some off-brand hat and jersey endorsing the Tom Emanski Defensive Drills video.  I never flip away when that spot airs. It’s positively sublime. McGriff, sure, but those little leaguers going through their drills is pretty sweet too. I always wonder which of those kids practiced the hardest, got drafted and one day made their first trip to Ciudad Juarez to buy over the counter growth hormone for his Texas League teammates.

Anyway, if you ever wanted to hear the story behind the making of the Emanski ad, Tyler Kepner is your huckleberry. He spoke with the Crime Dog about it, and who answered every question you ever had about that epic production.

  1. (Not That) Tom - Jan 5, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    I always wished that, if McGriff ever made it into the Hall, instead of a Braves cap he’d be wearing a Baseball World cap on his plaque.

  2. Cru11 - Jan 5, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    That ten gallon hat of McGriffs is the best!! “This is the video that gets results.”

  3. Stone - Jan 5, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    The Crime Dog deserves to be in the Hall based on that advertisement alone.

  4. APBA Guy - Jan 5, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    I hope this is the kind of insight we will continue to receive throughout the regular season. Sometimes you need a break from UZR/150 and OPS+, and remembering the people behind the numbers, even in silly or small ways, adds to the enjoyment.

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