Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Scott Atchison Using "Old Man" Appearance To Land Endorsement Deals

"...and just like me, Anacin provides fast relief."
The first time you saw Scott Atchison pitch for the Mets this season you most likely had the same reaction I did.

Is that one of the coaches? 

At 37 years old Atchison is hardly an old man, but by MLB standards he is ancient. Combine that with his grey hair and well, you can see the jokes coming a mile away.

Twitter is full of jokes like this one:

But Atchison may end up having the last laugh. The Mets reliever has found himself inundated with offers from companies looking to cash in on his "vintage" appearance.

"Old people like our product, and Mr. Atchison is someone they can relate to.", says Angela Fontana, a marketing representative at Anacin. "It's a match made in heaven...or maybe Florida."

Anacin was only the first. Atchison has also signed deals with Sanka Coffee, Commodore Computers and the makers of unwrapped hard candy that's been left in a bowl too long.

But how does Atchison feel about being typecast as an old man?

"It's OK by me.", Atchison told The Apple when we caught up with him at a recent bingo tournament in which he was the guest "caller".

"A baseball career only lasts for so many years. You need to cash in on these things while you can. Plus, things aren't getting any cheaper. When I was a kid a hot dog was a nickel. Did you know that a hot dog at Citi Field costs like six dollars? That's a lot of nickels! And don't get me started on how much it costs me to fill up the tank of my Edsel."

All articles featured on The Apple are fictitious. No Mets were harmed in the writing of this story. Follow me on Twitter @readtheapple.

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