If you’ve ever wondered what games the reindeer played, there is finally a definitive answer.
Thanks to the creative minds at Hartwell Studio Works and Baseball-Reference.com, the North Pole Reindeer baseball team has come to life.
You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen, but did you know Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer plays shortstop?
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In fact, baseball-reference.com says that his full name is Rudolph Claus Blitzensen, and his nicknames include The Big Red and El Grosso Rojo.
In his first season, Rudolph didn’t play in a game, because as we all know he was not allowed to play in Reindeer Games. Rudolph’s page at Baseball-Reference.com is sponsored by Yukon Cornelius, who wrote: “Wa-HOOO! What a great season from a clutch player and all around great guy.”
All nine reindeers have their own page and baseball card. Here is the card, front and back for Vixen:
Baseball-Reference tweeted this about Vixen:
The Royals? I asked about that and Mike Lynch of Baseball-Reference.com wrote:
“The Royals reference was just a joke since Vixen is based on Reggie Jackson, whose role in the comedy The Naked Gun had him brainwashed into attempting to kill Queen Elizabeth.”
The Royals? “The Naked Gun”? Reindeers? That’s quite a mash-up. And, you known, Vixen does sort of resemble Jackson.
Here are some of the other cards, but you can find them all at North Pole Reindeer. The cards and the Baseball-Reference.com pages are full of fun details.
One such nugget: Who knew that Prancer was born in San Diego, the city where baseball’s Winter Meetings were held?
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