In an oblique response to the wastefulness of the new wave of baseball bats, the Twins are set to contribute to the planting of an insane number of trees in Minnesota. The promotion is an interesting variation on the old X dollars to charity for each baseball event broadcast standby, but are we sure that everyone has checked the math on this one?â†µ
The Minnesota Twins and Minnesota State Parks and Trails today announced a new partnership called “Break a Bat, Plant a Tree.”â†µ
According to the Twins, “Every time a Minnesota Twins pitcher breaks the bat of an opposing player during the 2010 season, Minnesota State Parks and Trails will plant 100 trees in one of the 73 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas or along one of the 21 Minnesota state trails.”â†µ
The Twins claim that on average, a team breaks one bat every game. That would result in 16,200 new trees planted on Minnesota state parks and trails as a result of Break a Bat, Plant a Tree.â†µ
Doesn't that sound like a lot of trees?â†µ
The implied logistics of this partnership are fun to think about. Imagine park rangers in brown outfits being dragged out of their quiet cabins at 9 P.M. with a phone call from headquarters. "We're going to need another hundred trees planted by sunup. Yea, I know you just got home from planting the last hundred, but Scott Baker just jammed Willie Bloomquist. And remember to wear a pan on your head, Gardenhire demands it."