Another One Bites the Dust; Live Racing in England

Live Racing isn’t just America’s Pastime….just ask the speedy Freddie Mercury.

Live racing is literally international.  Here at MLB’s London Series they have a special race with a most eclectic group, including The Loch Ness Monster, Freddie Mercury, Henry the Eighth and Winston Churchill.

This isn’t new, the race has been happening since back in 2019 when MLB brought in some notable in-game stars and bits.

At the 2019 games, entertainment traditions from Red Sox and Yankees games were represented in-game, including the grounds crew performing “Y.M.C.A.” (as is done at Yankee Stadium) and a “Sweet Caroline” sing-along (as is done at Fenway Park). “Theme from New York, New York” was played after both Yankee wins, as is done at Yankee Stadium. Fans voted for Winston Churchill, Freddie Mercury, King Henry VIII, and the Loch Ness Monster to be the entrants in the mascot races. “The Freeze” (Nigel Talton of Fort Valley, Georgia, a member of the Atlanta Braves’ grounds crew), a spandex-clad sprinter sponsored by RaceTrac who races fans at Braves games, also appeared.

Such a testament to the simple power of a race, the flexibility of the localised characters and the appeal of the live race format.

They even had a poll to determine who the racers should be:

….who’d they miss?  I bet Margaret Thatcher could really move.

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