For the second time in a week, Eric and Justin Stangel have signed a one-day contract with a minor league baseball team. The Cleburne Railroaders, who play in the American Association, a partner league to Major League Baseball, offered the Stangels a deal they could not refuse.
According to the terms, “The contract holds no value, but does give the Stangels the right to call themselves ex-Railroaders to impress people at parties.”
Since the Railroaders are based in Texas, the agreement was signed over a Zoom call that took place in 2 different time zones. Fancy.
Denning Gerig, Broadcasting and Media Relations Manager for the team handled the duties and even remained professional as the brothers began to fight on the call.
For first baseman Eric Stangel, it was a dream long in the making. “It’s incredible. I haven’t felt this way since we signed with the Portland Pickles last week,”
Shortstop Justin Stangel, who is pretty sure he knows where on the field shortstop plays said “I love the team. I love the uniform. I’m really happy right now. Does that quote work for you in the article? The dog threw up in the kitchen and I have to clean it up.”
The Railroaders are known for hard play on the field and an connection with the community off the field. They run a bi-weekly food drive for Johnson County, Texas families called the Railroaders Home Plate Project. More information on how you can help can be found here
The dramatic and historic Zoom signing can be seen below.