Today, we become ice cream activists. This is a call to arms, a grassroots movement.
The Mission: Convince the Baltimore Orioles to offer Ice Cream Helmets.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards is a true jewel of MLB. If you have never been there, you are missing out. It is a must see experience. So book your trip now.
But the good people of Camden Yards have gone without ice cream helmets long enough. These are good and honest people, fans of the game of baseball. But they just ate a delicious BBQ sandwich at Boog’s BBQ with a side of baked beans, and now they need dessert. It is an extremely hot summer night with 85% humidity. Only ice cream will do the trick.
This is where things go horribly wrong. There are no ice cream helmets to be found. Not one in the entire stadium. Fans are forced to buy ice cream on a popsicle stick, or in a plastic bowl or a stryrofoam cup.
These alternatives give temporary relief inasmuch as ice cream is delivered. But then it is gone, and the bowls and wrappers become garbage cluttering our landfills. Plus, there is no souvenir to take home to remember your day at the ballpark.
Now, let’s look at the alternative:
We brought our own Mariners ice cream helmet to our final game of 2009. Tim can’t get enough of it. But look, there is more. Look how happy the lady behind Tim is to see Tim enjoying ice cream the way it should be enjoyed at the ballpark?
Why Ice Cream Helmets, you ask?
For many reasons. First, they are the “green” alternative. Instead of becoming garbage, they become collectibles:
Did you know that when we brought our Mariners ice cream helmet and had it filled at Camden Yards, they made us take a styrofoam cup, just to be thrown away. They needed it to be gone so they could keep track of inventory. Sorry, mother earth.
Second, not only are they collectibles on their own, they also provide an excellent canvas for the autograph of your favorite player, as shown by MLBlog’s Howie on his blog (scroll down for a picture of an autographed Mets ice cream helmet).
Third, they provide a roadmap of the ballparks you have visited:
Tim and I have been to 18 stadiums (16 teams when you factor in that we have been to both Shea Stadium/Citi Field, and Old/New Yankee Stadium), and we have ice cream helmets from all but Camden Yards.
FYI, the last two pictures were taken before we visited Rogers Centre:
So What Can We Do About It? That is the big question. In 2009, we emailed the Orioles a couple times suggesting that they add ice cream helmets to the mix. We received this response:
Dear Mr. Cook,
Obviously, it didn’t work. So, we made another effort today at the Orioles’ “help” page:
Will Camden Yards have ice cream helmets in 2010?
Please see this (at the bottom of the page): http://cookandsonbats.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/09/so-tim-likes-to-eat.html
Camden Yards is still the only stadium of 18 visited where we have been unable to get an ice cream helmet.
Let’s fix this problem in 2010!
By the way, I know a guy who got an Orioles ice cream helmet at the ballpark in Arlington in 2009! Don’t let Texas be the only place that offers Orioles ice cream helmets!
That brings up a good point, did you realize that in 2009, you could get an Orioles’ ice cream helmet at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Check it out on Brian Powell’s blog.
So, the plan? I’d like to invite as many people as possible to join with us in letting the Orioles know that the public wants ice cream helmets at Camden Yards! You can do so by clicking here, here or here.
If you are interested in joining the cause, we have a couple suggestions. If you’re from the Baltimore area and frequent Camden Yards, let the Orioles know you are a fan and think ice cream helmets would help enhance the already great baseball experience that Camden Yards provides.
If you are from elsewhere, let them know where you are from and let them know if your home team has ice cream helmets. I don’t know if it is the case, but if it is I’d love to let the Orioles know they are the only team who does not offer ice cream helmets to their fans.
Based on first hand experience and the comments of our fellow MLBloggers below, we know they have ice cream helmets at the following ball parks:
- Safeco Field
- Citizens Bank Park
- Yankee Stadium (new and old)
- Citi Field (and formerly at Shea Stadium)
- Progressive Field
- PNC Park
- Great American Ball Park
- Wrigley Field
- H.H.H. Metrodome (no longer in operation for MLB)
- Miller Park (also featuring the excellent Cheese Fries Helmet)
- U.S. Cellular Field
- Rogers Centre
- Fenway Park
- Chase Field
- Nationals Park
- Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (Thanks, Brian Powell)
- Angel Stadium of Anaheim (Thanks, Warren)
- Oakland-Alameda County Colesium (Thanks, Warren)
- Dodger Stadium (Thanks, Heartruss)
- Coors Field (Thanks, Ranter)
Where else? Please help out. Send an email to the Orioles. I also invite you to leave a comment here identifying your home MLB park and if they offer ice cream helmets.
A couple more comments before we close, we know that Orioles ice cream helmets exist. A google search showed us that they exist — see here.
And, we know that people are interested. Specifically, we track our blog stats through www.statcounter.com. Statcounter shows what people searched on google, bing, etc. to get to Cook & Son Bats’ Blog. Just this morning, Statcounter showed that someone search google for “orioles helmet ice cream.” In fact, not a day goes by without someone landing on our Ice Cream Helmet collection entry, and a portion of those people have been looking for Baltimore Orioles Ice Cream Helmets.
So have we. Hopefully we find them at Camden Yards in 2010. Please help us in this effort.
We will be attending a game at Camden Yards in early April 2010. We will report back then (and periodically if required) regarding whether this movement has had any affect in Baltimore.