Cubs to dispense with Gatorade dispenser

Funny story from the Chicago Tribune …

Going, going, gone.
The Gatorade dispenser in the Cubs’ dugout has taken its last hit for the team.
The large dispenser, which was the recipient of a wayward punch by Ryan Dempster on Monday and Carlos Zambrano’s bat-whacking
episode on Wednesday, will be removed from the dugout after the team hits the road Sunday night, a Cubs official said.
It will be replaced by the smaller, gray drinking fountain that had been there for years and had taken a beating of its
own.
Apparently, the orange color and large metal sides made the Gatorade dispenser too easy a target. It was brought in this
season as a way to enhance advertising revenues through a sponsorship with Pepsi, which owns Gatorade.
According to sources, Pepsi/Gatorade did not pay the Cubs to place the machine in such a conspicuous place and within easy
range of television cameras. However, Gatorade will continue to have portable orange-colored coolers in the dugout.
The news was first reported by FoxZZTOsports.com reporter Ken Rosenthal, who worked Saturday’s game for
FoxZZTO. Rosenthal also wrote that the Cubs “are in need of a psychiatrist” but offered no references.

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