I’ve got an idea, and you’ve got a stadium. MLB has a Stand Up To Cancer campaign. I’ve always wanted to get into the Guinness Book of World Records. Do you see where this is going?
I haven’t worked out all the details. I’m an idea man – a big picture kind of guy, so I’ll leave the minutiae to your PR and marketing people. Just consider the basic concept a rough draft, and the final copy can be worked out over lunch. You’re buying. Relax. I’m the one making the drive all the way to St. Louis for this little get-together, and you get to pick the place. Somewhere not too ostentatious or too plain would work. A quiet restaurant with some local charm, good service, and a good view of the Arch would be nice. Oh, you might want to bring someone along to take notes, because this is a working lunch.
Pre-season. Fill Busch Stadium to capacity with cancer survivors and their families and friends. Everybody gets a multi-colored Cardinals shirt. Start the game. During the 7th inning stretch, everybody stands and puts on the shirts. Somebody really awesome sings “God Bless America”. I’m a huge fan of Street Corner Symphony, but I’d be perfectly happy with On The Rocks. A local group would be fine, but both those groups I mentioned sing a cappella, and there’s nothing quite like the purity of a great vocal performance sans accompaniment in my opinion. The representative from Guinness does whatever it is they need to do to certify the record. Badda bing, badda boom. World record for “most people standing up to cancer wearing matching multi-colored Cardinals shirts during God Bless America” gets set. It probably doesn’t have to be that specific. Work with me here.
We can drop the part about the song from the record to shorten the name. If necessary, the team name can probably be left out, because this is bigger than even the Cardinals. How about being the driving force and enabler behind the world record for “Most People In Matching Multi-Colored Shirts Standing Up To Cancer”? That has to be worth bragging about.
Oh, and a portion of the proceeds is going to the Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) charity. Since it’s my idea, I’d like to watch from your box. Just look for me at the game. I’ll be the lifelong Cardinals fan dressed as a package of original Life Savers. Ironic, isn’t it?
TIDBIT: I couldn’t decide on a single color for the shirts. I understand that pink stands for breast cancer awareness. Brain cancer is represented by gray. Lymphoma is red. For more information about cancer awareness and the colors that represent the various types of cancer, go here.
Like the idea? Want to set help me set a World Record? Tell Mr. Bill DeWitt II to contact gr33nazn via Twitter, and we’ll do lunch!