Originally written on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 2/22/13
Michael Jordan turned 50 last week. You and I know this because both the local and national media wouldn’t shut up about it all week; even though it was a total non-story. Leeching off the recent Michael Jordan mania, a Chicago area independent league baseball team is looking to get some publicity of their own. The Joliet Slammers, named for the city’s reputation for it’s prison industry, offered Michael Jordan a chance to play this season, yes at age 50. The Slammers, who used to be known as the Joliet Jackhammers (named for the city’s declining steel industry), are a franchise known for pulling publicity stunts like this. They previously held a Rod Blagojevich “golden seat” night and offered White Sox legend and future MLB Hall of Famer Frank Thomas a contract when his career was over. So although the team may not be affiliated with any major league franchise, they know how to get people talking. From the Slammers news release on their website: “There are a lot of loyal Chicago B...
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