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Frank Thomas Pillow Night

Last week Canadian Officials censored a commercial featuring Blue Jay Frank Thomas hitting a kid with a pillow (video link).

Frank Thomas’s prodigious talents hitting home runs throughout his illustrious 17-year Major League Baseball career have been well celebrated.

However, the sight of Mr. Thomas, nicknamed the Big Hurt, swinging a pillow at a child in a commercial for the Toronto Blue Jays is not being as well received, at least by officials who regulate advertising on Canadian private television.

To win approval for unrestricted airing of its commercial, the American League club had to revise the original 30-second spot, which features a carefree Mr. Thomas in a pillow fight with a couple of young boys who are hopping on a bed.

The Blue Jays counter with their resposne to the censorship at the hands of Canadian Officals by adding a Frank Thomas Kids Pillow Night in September for the first 5,000 kids 14 and under. Nice job by the ball club countering another example of a stupid government policy, because in realtiy the commercial is pretty funny.

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