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Five Questions and a Song for Pez Baseball Tin Sign


Pez Baseball Tin Sign tries to stay grounded through all the insanity of being a Pez item.

 

Pezhead Monthly: Pez Baseball Tin Sign, thanks very much for joining us. You are the newest Pez tin sign, as well as the first ever be interviewed by this publication. What are your thoughts on this historic occasion?

Pez Baseball Tin Sign: I can sum it up in two words: I couldn't be here without the trailblazing efforts of previous tin signs such as Pez Spaceman or Pez Bicentennial. So thanks, fellas, I owe you big.

PM: Well, that was a bit more than two words, but I'll let you slide on that one. Get it? Slide? It's a baseball pun, like when you slide into home plate. I thought you'd enjoy it. Anyway, let's talk a bit about your look. To start off, as with other Pez tin signs, you've been given a retro appearance, complete with rugged edges and classic ad copy. And yet you also boldy proclaim in big, red letters: "Brand New." Are you

worried that this will confuse people and somehow diminish your appeal?

PBTS: Quite the opposite, good sir. I think it's drawn more people to me. Apart from the fact that Pez has and always will have retro cred, there's always a big interest in retro items. Witness the unceasing presence of retro t-shirts, phones, video games, salt and pepper shakers, and more. Everything old is new again, and since I am a new Pez item celebrating an old ad and Pez dispenser, it really comes around full circle.

PM: You've got a good point there, Pez Baseball Tin Sign. You bring up the vintage Pez dispenser that inspired the ad that inspired your own existence. It truly is one of the classics. What are your thoughts on the more recent baseball-inspired dispensers, the ones that have been released in special promotions for minor and major league baseball teams?

PBTS: Well, I do believe that every Pez is special in its own right, and that the newer dispensers are just as worthwhile as the older ones. But having said that, I wish that the newer baseball dispensers weren't all baseballs with team logos. I mean, where's the originality? The original Pez baseball dispenser was a mitt with a removable ball. It came on a stand along with a baseball bat. Talk about sheer coolness!

PM: You've got that right, although it is worth noting that there are a few other dispensers out there with baseball caps, such as Garfield and Cool Bugs Bunny. But I am curious, although you are one cool item that would look perfect on any Pez collector's wall, life can't be perfect, can it? Are there any complaints or regrets that you'd like to share?

PBTS: Well, I try not to complain too much, but there is the slight issue of my tag line, "A 'big' league hit with America's 'little' leaguers." I know that this is faithful to the original ad copy, and its message is that kids love Pez. But from everything I have seen and heard, I have to say that there's nothing "little league" about Pezheads. They hit it out of the park, baby! And even better, without steroids.

PM: I see what you're saying, and thank you for your candor. Lastly, Pez Baseball Tin Sign, in honor of your appearance here, we have reimagined a classic baseball-themed song as yet another ode to Pez. Care to check it out?

PBTS: Now how can I possibly say no to that? Bring it on!


Pez Appeal
To the tune of "Centerfield" by John Fogerty
Copyright 2008 JoePez Publications

Well take the blister off the card and set me free today,
I'm born again, and the Pez is gonna flow.
Unwrap the candy I came with, and put it in my sleeve
Anyone's got to believe it's time to roll

Oh, load me up Joe,
I'm ready to press some Pez
Load me up Joe,
I'm ready to press some Pez
Look at me, plain to see Pez appeal

Well I spent some days in a Walgreens haze, hanging out in a bin
You know I took some lumps when so many passed on me.
But you stopped one day and you picked me up, and you tossed me in the cart
Well you know that made my heart just skip a beat

Oh, load me up Joe,
I'm ready to press some Pez
Load me up Joe,
I'm ready to press some Pez
Look at me, plain to see Pez appeal

Got a tilted head, an empty sleeve, and a need to Pez dispense
You know I think it's time to fill me up with fun
Just to push the brick and feel the kick of another Pez release
I need it please, you know that I'm the one.

Oh, load me up Joe,
I'm ready to press some Pez
Load me up Joe,
I'm ready to press some Pez
Look at me, plain to see Pez appeal

Oh, load me up Joe,
I'm ready to press some Pez
Load me up Joe,
I'm ready to press some Pez
Look at me, gotta be Pez appeal

Yeah!


PBTS: Now that's what I'm talking about.


(Editor's note: Also check out this other baseball-inspired song from Pezhead Monthly!)


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