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Baby Fisk
05-11-2006, 08:25 AM
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After waiting patiently for quite some time, we finally had the opportunity to observe the famous Big Hurt in his natural setting. It was a mild evening in Toronto, and we set up camp high in the upper deck of the Rogers Centre. Our provisions included beer and kosher dogs, and we hunkered down for a night of Hurt watching.

Sure enough, our large friend emerged from the visitors' dugout and we got our first look at him. What a magnificent specimen! Still massive and fearsome, yet with a focus and intensity that belied his true intelligence. He stalked about the batter's circle, and we noticed his longtime companion, the Big Black Iron Bar, was no longer present. Instead, he swung a regular bat with a weight on it.

He quickly flied out and returned to the dugout. We decided to stay a while longer, hoping for another look at The Big Hurt. And he did not disappoint! Our friend returned to the plate later in the game, and thrilled us with a display of power. He rocked a pitch deep over the left field wall for his 455th career home run. We cheered and applauded as he rounded the bases, showing our appreciation. The Big Hurt ended up 2 for 5 on the night with 3 RBIs before returning to the dugout for a well deserved rest.

Tune in next time for more Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom!

ondafarm
05-11-2006, 09:47 AM
What, nothing about fearless companion Jim wrestling a wild alligator?

How many companions named Jim did Marlin Perkins have?

Baby Fisk
05-11-2006, 10:05 AM
How many companions named Jim did Marlin Perkins have?
Depends how many ended up as alligator brunch.

tebman
05-11-2006, 10:21 AM
What, nothing about fearless companion Jim wrestling a wild alligator?

How many companions named Jim did Marlin Perkins have?
:rolling:

Wild Kingdom was a ready-made SNL sketch:

(Marlin Perkins): "Now here's Jim, coming upon the Grizzly and her newborn cubs. Notice how she hovers protectively over her little ones, just like Mutual of Omaha hovers protectively over your family in case of accident or injury!

"Now the female Grizzly notices Jim, as I watch through binoculars from our base camp. Oh! We'd better hurry -- note how the Grizzly feels threatened and is taking after Jim. Now we see Jim hurrying to safety.

"And safety is what Mutual of Omaha offers you and your family with its wide array of coverage! Like our mother Grizzly following Jim, you too want your family protected..."

Deuce
05-11-2006, 10:58 AM
I especially loved last week's show, where Marlin Perkins took his crew out to a small island off the Dominican Republic to film the once famed Sammy Sosa in his natural habitat. Here is a colorized photo of the event:

:barney&sham

See how Sosa has tamed the wild purple dinosaur... fascinating!

RKMeibalane
05-11-2006, 11:01 AM
http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/W/htmlW/wildkingdom/wildkingdomIMAGE/wildkingdom.jpg

After waiting patiently for quite some time, we finally had the opportunity to observe the famous Big Hurt in his natural setting. It was a mild evening in Toronto, and we set up camp high in the upper deck of the Rogers Centre. Our provisions included beer and kosher dogs, and we hunkered down for a night of Hurt watching.

Sure enough, our large friend emerged from the visitors' dugout and we got our first look at him. What a magnificent specimen! Still massive and fearsome, yet with a focus and intensity that belied his true intelligence. He stalked about the batter's circle, and we noticed his longtime companion, the Big Black Iron Bar, was no longer present. Instead, he swung a regular bat with a weight on it.

He quickly flied out and returned to the dugout. We decided to stay a while longer, hoping for another look at The Big Hurt. And he did not disappoint! Our friend returned to the plate later in the game, and thrilled us with a display of power. He rocked a pitch deep over the left field wall for his 455th career home run. We cheered and applauded as he rounded the bases, showing our appreciation. The Big Hurt ended up 2 for 5 on the night with 3 RBIs before returning to the dugout for a well deserved rest.

Tune in next time for more Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom!

I'm not sure if you noticed, but the shuttlecraft was flying near the Skydome just prior to the first pitch last night.:cool: