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March 4, 2013 5:00 am
What the outfield signs in spring training say about each team.
When I go to minor-league games, I find myself focusing mostly on the advertisements on the outfield walls. They're a strange blend of multi-national companies—does Deutsche Bank (hypothetical example) even know it is paying $400 a year for a square of left-center field advertising in the Midwest League, or did they send a fax to a one-digit-off number?—and tiny, tiny companies, some not even companies. One girl selling Girl Scout cookies. That sort of thing.
Spring Training's outfield walls aren't much different. Watching Cactus League action this week, I saw ads for: