During this Sunday's Super Bowl on CBS, baseball fans will see a familiar face in one of the expensive commercial spots: Springfield Cardinals hitting coach Phillip Wellman, who made headlines in 2007 as manager of the Mississippi Braves for a ridiculous mid-game tirade.
In the ad for Volkswagen, Wellman (along with some other internet celebrities who gained fame in recent years starring in overly emotional viral videos) hangs out in a sunny field while a singer encourages them to "get happy". Wellman reprises his toss of second base in the commercial, which will air during the Super Bowl pregame show.
It's good to see Wellman acknowledging the ridiculous video after years of getting angered by it being brought up in interviews as his claim to fame. He got paid to take part in the ad (and paid very well, according to Wellman), and even got a free trip to Beverly Hills to film the commercial to. It took a substantial amount of time, but making a fool out of himself has finally paid off for Wellman.