Happy? He’s ecstatic.

“We are minor league baseball, so we don’t have a big budget for advertising. We have to be creative, and if we are creative enough we can piggy back publicity like this. There’s nothing better than coming up with that idea that hooks people in. That makes them smile, makes them chuckle.”

As it turns out, Twins bonus baby Byron Buxton, the second overall pick of the 2012 MLB Draft, is making his Fort Myers home debut Saturday, and I want to ask Seymour about that.

CitiBank Ballpark; MLB affiliate: The Oakland Athletics. AA; Opened 2002.
Courtesy of The Oakland Athletics
CitiBank Ballpark; MLB affiliate: The Oakland Athletics. AA; Opened 2002.
Dr. Pepper Ballpark; MLB affiliate: The Texas Rangers. AA; Opened 2003.
Courtesy of The Texas Rangers
Dr. Pepper Ballpark; MLB affiliate: The Texas Rangers. AA; Opened 2003.

But before I can get the words out, Seymour jumps in and tells me, “You know this Saturday we are having Craig Sager Bobblehead Night? How great is that? We have two versions of the bobblehead with two different ridiculously colored sport coats, and Sager is actually going to fly in and sign autographs! How good is that?”

“That’s incredible!” I said, my Byron Buxton question completely forgotten, and my brain racing to find a way to ask for a Craig Sager bobblehead doll of my own without sounding desperate.

“Yeah,” Seymour smiled. “I tell my people, this is our time. This is our time in sports.”

Craig Sager Bobblehead Night at Byron Buxton’s home debut on a balmy Saturday night in Fort Myers, Florida.

This is your time, Andrew.


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