Nothing says mid-season baseball like an award ceremony. If the ESPYs didn’t quite quench your thirst for summer sports awards, why not a lighter take?
Baseball is about history. It’s about comparing across generations. It’s not called Bruins. It’s about nostalgia. For a certain generation, The Disney Afternoon has a long-lasting spot in their memory. Before Pixar entered the fold, on the heels of The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, and Aladdin, Disney launched a series of cartoons outside of the Disney Channel proper and was able to capture after school hours of 90s kids. Is it something only 90s kids remember? That’s a question for another day.
Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears Award
Get this: the Gummi Bears were isolated from what viewers were led to believe was a teeming civilization of magical, bouncing woodland creatures. They had magic, ships, subways… they had it all. Except for the fact that the characters we were exposed to were missing out on the glorious civilization. The awards. But those bears knew how to have fun. Who else knows how to have fun? Joe Maddon’s Chicago Cubs. And they’re even named after a bear.
Both are colorful.
If you look hot, you wear it. pic.twitter.com/vhDqEr3A9X
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 1, 2016
DuckTales tells the story of an adventurous billionaire, Scrooge McDuck, and his (well, Donald’s) nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie. The young trio accomplishes more together than they ever could apart. The Red Sox have a three-person core of their own: Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts, and Jackie Bradley Jr. As luck would have it, they’re just as inseparable as the nephews, making their first All-Star Game as a unit.
— Huey Dewey And Louie (@officialHDandL) April 25, 2016
Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers Award
Remember those chipmunks that lived in Mickey’s Christmas tree and causes poor Pluto so much grief? Well they’re back and for some reason dressed like Magnum P.I, and Indiana Jones.
Magnum p.i & Indiana jones .= chip & dale pic.twitter.com/ocxAolfsyx
— james finneran (@jjpf80) June 19, 2016
This one goes to the ‘a’ Team in Texas: the Houston Astros. José Altuve and Carlos Correa take the titular roles as a dynamic duo. Evan Gattis fills the role of Gadget, making roster pieces fit by playing some catcher. Monterey Jack… well, home runs sure do spring off the bat of George Springer.
Darkwing Duck Award
“Let’s get dangerous.” This award goes to the Los Angeles Angels. Mike Trout may be the terror that bats in the night but running Tim Lincecum’s current form out to the mound every fifth day is truly getting dangerous as his former Cy Young self is nowhere to be found.
Just like the hero of this show, Trout adds an excellent potential for puns and wordplay.
— Queen Duck (@QueenDuck07) September 25, 2014
Goof Troop Award
There was a time in the 90s when Goofy had a son. Did he always have a kid in the Disney canon? I’m not sure and this isn’t the place to sort out his family tree. This award goes to the Colorado Rockies. Carlos González remains a productive member of the club (Goofy) and Nolan Arenado is Max, his even more talented son. Management? Well, they play Goofy’s next door neighbor—and historical enemy—Pete. Pete just doesn’t understand Goofy much like the owners and front office don’t understand how to build a winning baseball team in the unique location of Coors Field.
— Gameiversary (@Gameiversary) July 11, 2016
A spinoff from the movie of the same name, the Aladdin cartoon picked up after the film and gave the characters an episodic myth-of-the-day problem to solve or enemy to defeat. This award goes to the Baltimore Orioles for their discovery of Mark Trumbo. Way back in 2012 Trumbo was an All-Star for the first time (the second time being 2016) and he set career highs in batting average, OBP, and slugging percentage—until this year of course where he’s breaking those personal bests. There wasn’t even much of a contest for his services and even the O’s weren’t exactly sure where he fit into their lineup, but he was too cheap not to acquire. You could say he was a diamond in the rough as he currently has 30 homers through 96 games, leading the league.
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— Aladdin (@aladdin) July 14, 2016