In what became official news today, Major League Baseball has entered into an agreement with Eternal Image to allow images of all 30 MLB teams to be placed on urns and caskets.
Right now, not all 30 teams are available. Just the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers will be available around the start of the 2007 season. Eventually the company hopes to get involved with other sports.
Since death is not taken lightly, funeral director’s will have to walk on eggshell’s when broaching the idea of having your loved one buried in his team’s colors. Also, they urns and caskets will have to be cost effective to the purchaser. Some people choose cremation because of the lower cost. If choosing this with a MLB urn, it has to be cost beneficial to the person buying the urn.
The Phillies urn was the first to be designed. Each urn will feature recognition of the deceased’s passionate support, stamped with a message that says “Major League Baseball officially recognizes (person’s name) as a lifelong fan of (team).”
Ok enough of the serious stuff here, lets take another fun look at it.
Ian: Honey, when I die I wanna be buried in a Dale Earnhardt, Jr casket
Future wife (if that ever happens): You wanna what?
Ian: I want my casket to have Dale, JR’s colors
Future wife: You wanna what?
Ian: OK, OK. I’ll settle for the Boston Red Sox urn.
Future wife: Honey, you already have enough Boston Red Sox
crapstuff in our house and now you want me to keep your ashes in a Boston Red Sox urn above the fireplace.
Ian: That’s right honey. That way my love for the Red Sox is shown.
Future wife: Your nuts honey.
How many of those conversations do you think will be had? I will tell you this. Personally, i think it is a great idea. You hear stories all the time of people being buried in their team’s jerseys and other memorabilia or having their ashes spread at or near their team’s stadium. I wonder how many people will buy the urn just to keep on the mantle. If they have ashes of someone in their house already, will they have the ashes changed to support the departed’s allegiance to their team? The thoughts of this are endless. Let me know what your thoughts are on this subject.