Steve's post about closers and their entrance music got me thinking about a staple of late '70s baseball--the bullpen car. Does anyone remember the bullpen car? If not, it looked something like a golf cart with a top shaped like either a baseball or a baseball cap--or something like this. Along with the Philly Phanatic, the San Diego Chicken, really ugly uniforms, and Mel Allen on This Week in Baseball, the bullpen car really epitomizes that era of baseball for me. Those were good times.
I miss the bullpen car, and apparently I'm not the only one. But what with the price of gas and all, it's hard to imagine any team would bring the bullpen car back. In addition, the thought of Kent Tekulve being leisurely driven to the mound to the strains of Henry Mancini's "Baby Elephant Walk" just doesn't carry the same intimidation factor as Mariano Rivera coming in while "Exit Sandman" blasts from the stadium loudspeakers.