Tarah sent me this yesterday and well… read it first and I will give you my reaction.
From the New York Post —
A new Yankee Christmas ornament sanctioned by Major League Baseball and bearing the team’s official logo features a beaming Santa waving – as he pilots a plane.
“My reaction at first was, ‘I don’t believe it,’ ” said Midtown lawyer Denis Guerin, who yesterday received glossy literature touting the “Yankees Victory Plane” – “a limited-edition annual holiday treasure” – in the mail.
Guerin shuddered as he recalled the horrific events that unfolded Oct. 11, when Yankee pitcher Cory Lidle was killed after crashing his small plane into an Upper East Side high-rise.
Guerin said he and his wife were “shocked and dismayed” again when they opened the mailing featuring the Yankee Santa in a plane. He said the plane appears to be “going into a Christmas tree.”
According to the advertisement, “The 2006 Annual Yankees Ornament makes the ideal gift for every New York fan on your Christmas list.”
“Your team spirit will soar” with the plane on your tree, it says.
“We looked at it with our mouths open and said, ‘How could this have happened?’ It’s very insensitive,” Guerin said.
“I don’t think it was intentional,” the season-ticket holder added. “It’s just a terrible mistake and terrible coincidence.”
MLB honchos agreed.
“All I would say is, the timing’s unfortunate,” said spokesman Rich Levin. “I’m sure this was done well before the Cory Lidle incident.”
Yankees officials refused comment.
“I’m not going to comment on it at all because it has nothing to do with us, it didn’t originate with us,” a spokesman said.
Officials of Danbury Mint in Norwalk, Conn. – the company peddling the $19.95 “fine porcelain” ornament under a licensing agreement with MLB – did not immediately return calls seeking comment.
A woman answering the phone in its sales department said the ornaments “are developed over three or four years.
“This actually was developed probably over a year ago,” she said.
Still, Guerin and an expert on collectibles questioned how the ornament could have even been allowed to be marketed since Lidle’s death.
“It’s just awful,” said Pete Siegel, owner of Gotta Have It Collectibles in Midtown.
He said the experience should be a lesson to organizations such as the Yankees that use licensing agreements.
Siegel said he expects Yankee fans to balk at buying the ornament.
“It’s almost sacrilegious about the incident,” he said.
Guerin said he couldn’t imagine anyone buying it, either.
“You’re going to have a Yankee plane on your Christmas tree?” he said. “Who’s sanctioning this stuff?”
Must have been a slow news day. Guerin is almost acting like this company rushed out in the last two weeks to produce this. It is just a messed up coincidence. I went to their website to find the ornament but it wasn’t on there. But uh, just a tip guys, if people are pissed off about this you may want to consider removing the Yankees toy plane:
I am not even making that up, check the url of the picture. Sometimes comedy is really that easy folks.
In reality though I have seen some pretty bad holiday decorations in my day.
1) Baby Jesus coming out of the birth canal
It was back in 1985 when they had the “who can show baby jesus at his youngest” ornament arms race. Hallmark went so far as to have his head poking out of the birth canal. I thought that was in rather poor taste.2) The Hitler held menorah
When Hitler was a rising star in international politics before the start of World War 2 a small Swiss company put out a line of menorah’s held by various world leaders. This was considered a gross miscalculation. George Allen, David Duke, and Mel Gibson are rumored to own the remaining three.
3) The Dahmer hand carved collection
Back in the late eighties and early nineties Dahmer put out a hand carved “ivory” collection of Christmas ornaments. He sold them at flea markets throughout the year. He had to get rid of the bones somehow.
4. The “Kevin is a Sexy Bitch” holiday pajama set
I don’t think this needs explanation.
Have you guys found any horrible holiday items?