Monday, May 23, 2022

Friend Encounters: Boomer and Svengoolie Rich Koz

Friend Encounters is a weekly series featuring friends who have met celebrities.

The Windy City ThunderBolts are a pro baseball team based in Crestwood, south of Chicago. Their mascot is Boomer. I'm not sure what exactly Boomer is. Maybe he is just a big fuzzy mascot, which is okay with me. I love mascots.
Boomer was born on May 21, 2004. His height and weight are listed as "pretty tall" and "pretty heavy," which, although nebulous, is accurate. His measurements are "round" for waist and ""pretty big" for biceps. Again, although unspecific, this is accurate.
Boomer's favorite foods are Beggar's Pizza, hot dogs and foul balls. The Beggar's Pizza is obviously a nod to an advertiser. The hot dogs are expected. The foul balls is just daffy.
As cool and popular as Boomer is, today he is pictured with someone cooler and more popular. That's really not fair though. Few people can match Svengoolie in popularity. The man is a legend and has been one for 40+ years.
Nobody works harder than Svengoolie. He makes many personal appearances to the delight of his fans. Despite being around everywhere, he still draws huge crowds.
This is an especially interesting picture. Rarely is Sven seen out of his usual Garb. While he is still wearing his trademark top hat, he is in a ThunderBolts jersey. I presume this was from a ceremonial pitch he threw, but it could just be an appearance at the game. Imagine Sven throwing a pitch though. The crafty veteran would be great out of the bullpen.
If you haven't met Sven (or his alter ego Rich Koz), put it on your bucket list. You'll never meet a nicer guy than Sven.
Go to for more info on this horror host icon! Check your local tv listings for airings of his show.
Boomer and Svengoolie in Crestwood, IL-August 2018.

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