An Albuquerque softball team is giving new meaning to the term “hot dogging it” on the field. They are now decked out in spiffy new uniforms supplied by a national hot dog company.
“All I did was make a phone call,” says Scott Fliegel.
The softball team that’s had a few different names, “the Congregation Albert Lions, and before this we were the Matzah Ballers,” according to Fliegel, is decked out from head to toe in new duds just in time for spring softball.
“We are the best-dressed softball team likely in the country, but certainly in New Mexico,” Fliegel says.
The team has played in the city’s church league for 20 years, but wanted to broaden their appeal. So at the end of last season, they voted to change their name to the Hebrew Nationals.
“I wanted to contact Hebrew National and make sure we [weren’t] going to get into any kind of trouble about using the name,” Fliegel says.
Fliegel says he was shocked by the Michigan-based company’s’ response to their team name.
“‘Not only is it okay, we love the idea and we want to sponsor the team.’ And it’s been a snowball ever since,” Fliegel says.
The company, which makes kosher hot dogs, sent the team new jerseys, pants, bats, even socks. The new look even caught the attention of former ESPN commentator Darren Rovell. He tweeted he would pay top dollar for the jersey and hat.
Fliegel says the uniform gives the team a little extra edge.
“I think our game has improved since acquiring the new threads,” Fliegel says.
While they are excited about this revamped look, they’re in the league for the fun.
“We’re the oldest team in our league so we play in a lower division. So we have fun, we’re not so competitive,” Fliegel says.
The team was supposed to debut the uniforms on the field Monday night, but the season opener was rained out.