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When worlds collide

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jun 26, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Now this is wildly amusing.

The Yankees stayed the Westin in Pittsburgh, which is attached to a convention center. The Yankees checked out today and guess who was checking in?

That would be the the furry convention. These are folks who dress up as animals that have human characteristics. The Anthrocon was expected to draw 2,500 people.

Our fervent hope is that some of the Yankees will forward us their cell phone photos. Let’s just pray that Kyle Farnsworth did not bring any firearms on this trip.





29 Responses to “When worlds collide”

  1. bluyt June 26th, 2008 at 3:36 pm


  2. Hugh Stacks June 26th, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    I know what Latro…eh screw it.

  3. blee June 26th, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    uh.. ..

  4. Rock em Sock em Robots June 26th, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Pete, I know you used to cover basketball, just wondering your thoughts on who should go # 1 tonight in the draft. Also, if you’re Donnie Walsh, who you taking with the Knicks pick?

  5. Beemill June 26th, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    The ‘stache isn’t staying in town for this?

  6. Jorge Steinbrenner (Obama/Brett Gardner in '08!!!) June 26th, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    damnit, someone beat me to my ‘stache joke!

  7. Simon B. June 26th, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    Derek Jeter: Now, who are you again?
    George Costanza: George Costanza, assistant to the traveling secretary.
    Bernie Williams: Are you the guy who put us in that Furry Hotel in Pittsburgh?

  8. RalphieD June 26th, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    david robertson so far today…2 ip hitless, 3 strikeouts…an unearned run on a matta carson error

  9. KB June 26th, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Missed the new thread so reposting:

    Chad Jennings has some good stuff on his site now re: his conversation with Newman. Newman suggested that he thinks Melancon could stay in AA all year. Thinks Aceves is a prospect who could help the big league team for a long time. Seems to suggest Robertson would be up before Cox, but both should be up this year. Too much to summarize it all.

  10. Rock em Sock em Robots June 26th, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Haha, classic reference there Simon.

  11. Christine June 26th, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    I remember when I first heard about the furry people – it was an episode of CSI.

    It takes all kinds, I suppose.

  12. Patrick â„¢ June 26th, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    No Pete, lets pray Farnsworth DID bring firearms.

  13. Art Vandelay June 26th, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Speaking of George Costanza, didn’t they used to sell Yankee Jerseys with Costanza’s name on the back along with a 00? Are those still around? What better thing to wear during the Summer of George?

  14. FergsKU June 26th, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Watch out for Johnny Drama.

  15. Stewman23 June 26th, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    …..Furry dodge ball….my god…

  16. EY June 26th, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Damn Furries! Today isn’t Furry Friday. gb2/b/
    (Channeling my inner 4channer. If you didn’t get that, it’s ok. You’re better off that way…)

    Speaking of which, this happened to the Brewers last year as well when they were in Pittsburg:

    “Virtually everyone, even those who looked otherwise “normal”, had a tail sticking out of their clothes in the back. Players and staff reported neighboring rooms generating loud animal noises, barking and other, deep into the night. At first it was kind of funny to see these people wandering around the downtown streets and filing into the hotel, but after the novelty wore off it just made everyone feel creepy. The “furries” seem harmless enough, but people who think they might be an animal trapped in a human body just are unnervingly odd, to say the least.”

    Funny stuff.

  17. pat June 26th, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    Furries? I really have lived a sheltered life. I need to get out more.

  18. 86w183 June 26th, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    Oh I don’t know if it’s so odd for people to think they’re animals trapped in human bodies.

    My neighbor’s an ASS. My co-worker is a PIG. My neighbor is a COW and her husband is the product of a BULL.

  19. Mike from CT June 26th, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    Pat – no one needs to get out that much.

  20. jennifer June 26th, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Pete two years ago the animie convention was going on when the Yankees were in town. I pulled off the highway and couldn’t believe was I was seeing, It was pretty scary! Ask the Yankees about it, it was a sight to behold!

    The next time the fire fighters convention was in town, that was much much better. :D

  21. jennifer June 26th, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    oops in Baltimore.

  22. GreenBeret7 June 26th, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    I find it difficult to beleve that Giambi’s ‘stache has anything to do with his hitting. Even stranger is that people believe it.

    If his ‘stache has magical powers, it had better start reaching out and snagging the baseballs hit within 20 feet of him. The ‘stache reaches out, traps the ball in the tangle and and then reaches out and touches the bag. Until that happens, color me somewhat doubtful.

  23. Mike June 26th, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    jennifer – me too! they were all over the place..

  24. GreenBeret7 June 26th, 2008 at 5:35 pm


  25. bigjf June 26th, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    So Pete, you’ll be staying in Pittsburgh for the weekend then?

    Eh, I’d rather be there than watch Ponson pitch.

  26. SCRANTON June 26th, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    I heard Giambi’s stache is the main attraction.

  27. Mikey June 29th, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Pics from the Furry Convention, none with Yankees we heard Jeter and A-Rod were snapping with camera phones as they left.

  28. Truth Be Known July 1st, 2008 at 3:17 am

    The Brewers made some snarky comments about the furries last year… and then went on to a 13-game losing streak IIRC.

    It just goes to show only losers make fun of furries.

  29. Mongoose July 5th, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    The thing that got us at Anthrocon: Yankees Security insisted that everyone in suit (about 15% of congoers or so) leave the lobby when the Yankees came in. Apparently bunnies scare Jeter, or A-Rod was badly traumatized by The Famous Chicken…

    That’s okay. We had our con and had a blast anyway. ;)

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