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Caption Contest: Pre-Game Warmups

Brooks Employee
Employee
 
To me, Halloween means trick-or-treating, costumes, and playoff baseball.  And at Headquarters in Dallas, things are buzzing.  I know Southwest serves 72 great cities, but at home base, we're all pumped for our Texas Rangers.
 
In the summer, several Rangers players traded places with our Employees in the Field (our field).  Mitch Moreland was one of them.  Moreland got to bring a plane into the gate, and wash its windows. The Captain exchanged banter with Moreland after arriving safely at the gate (the flight deck has windows you can open to get some fresh air, when the plane is on the ground).
 
The above picture became great fodder for a caption contest.  And with every caption contest comes a prize!  A few lucky registered commenters will receive an autographed Nolan Ryan baseball.
 
How do you register?  Just create a Nuts About Southwest account with a valid email address.  That's how we connect with you if your comment is a winner. To place a comment, simply scroll down to the bottom of this blog post.  Your comment goes through a moderation queue, so don't be alarmed if it doesn't show up right away!
 
This one won't go to seven games, there's only one contest!  So have fun, be creative, and get ready for a chance at an autographed Nolan Ryan baseball!

OFFICIAL RULES 
Southwest Airlines - Rangers Trading Places Caption Contest
1. To Enter:  No purchase or obligation necessary.  Contest runs October 21, 2011 from 10:00 am CST – October 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm CST.  To enter without purchase or obligation, submit an original caption for the photo  as a comment on Nuts About Southwest.  All entries become property of the sponsor and will not be returned.  Entries limited to one (1) per person.  Anonymous entries will be considered invalid.  You warrant your comment will not be sexually explicit, unnecessarily violent or derogatory.  It cannot promote drugs, alcohol, or firearms.  It cannot contain trademarks, logos or copyrighted materials owned by others. 

2. Selection of Winner: On or about October 21, 2011 at 5:30 pm CST, members of the Southwest Airlines Emerging Media Team will review all eligible entries received and choose a winner.  The judges will be judging on the following qualities:

∙ Creativity and Originality: 20%
∙ Entertaining: 25%
∙ Southwest Appeal: 35% -  entry should reflect our Culture and Fun-LUVing Attitude.
∙ Rules: 20% Read and complied with the official rules. 
Prizes are guaranteed to be awarded.  Odds of winning will depend on the total number of eligible entries received. 

3. Prize: Three (3) Grand Prizes to consist of one (1) autographed Nolan Ryan baseball.

4. Eligibility:  Contest open to all legal US residents, 21 years and older as of October 20, 2011.  Employees of Southwest Airlines Co., AirTran Airways, Inc., and their advertising and promotions agencies, and their immediate families (spouse and parents, children and siblings and their spouses) and individuals living in the same households of such employees are ineligible.  Void where prohibited or restricted by law.  Contest subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.  By participating, entrants agree to these official rules and accept decisions of the Sponsor as final.  Void in Puerto Rico and where prohibited by law. 
The promotion is offered in the United States only and shall only be construed and evaluated according to United States law.  Do not proceed in this site if you are not located in the United States. 

5.  To Claim Prize: Potential winner only will be notified by Southwest Airlines via e-mail, and winner must provide valid address (No P.O. Boxes).  Unclaimed or undeliverable prize will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner.  Prizes are guaranteed to be awarded.  Acceptance of prize constitutes permission (except where prohibited) to use winner's name, hometown and likeness for purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity in any media without additional compensation.  Winners must execute and return any required affidavit of eligibility and/or liability/publicity release within one (1) day of notification attempt or prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner may be chosen. If a potential winner cannot be contacted, fails to sign and return the required affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release within the required time period, or if a prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, potential winner forfeits prize.

6.  Limitation of Liability: Neither Sponsor, nor their affiliated entities, are responsible for printing or typographical errors in any related materials; stolen, fraudulent, entries or mail; or transactions that are processed or lost due to computer or electronic malfunction.  Winners are solely responsible for payment of all federal, state, and local taxes on prize and for any travel or other expenses not specifically mentioned in prize description.  Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or modify Contest if fraud or technical failure compromise the integrity of the Contest as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.  This Contest offer is being made exclusively by Sponsor. 

Sponsor not responsible for technical, hardware, software or telephone failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections or fraud, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmission whether caused by Sponsor, user, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the promotion or by any technical or human error which may occur in the process of submissions which may limit a participants ability to participate in this promotion. 

7.  Winner's List: To request a Winner's Name List, send a self addressed stamped return envelope, after October 21, 2011, to Southwest Airlines Emerging Media.  All requests must be received by August 15, 2011.  Utah and Washington residents may omit return postage. 

8. Sponsor: Southwest Airlines Co., P.O. Box 36611, Dallas, TX.  75235-1611

118 Comments
amalie225
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Let me clean that messy Cardinal off the windshield for you, Captain!
andrewrobeson
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Well you can't play baseball forever
Jim_Guida
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No, Mitch, you cannot take it for a spin around the airport. The in field fly rule only applies to baseball.
jhurwitz
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"What're you doing?" "I hit a homer out of the park, and now I can't find it." "Why would it be here?" "Well, I heard it flew south-west."
Harvey1
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Mitch does it all- .259 Batting Average, 16 Home Runs, 51 RBIs... and windows! Grab your equipment bags. It's on!
David_Tokerud
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I want you to see my next homerun!
chartchaib
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This is what i get for arriving safe at the gate...imagine if i would've been called out.
frank-monterisi
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I hope I got my signs right washing these windows and I don't get a curve ball thrown at me and go clean out the bathroom.
Sherry_Jackson
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Captain, I want your view to be clear you can see Cruz' next homerun from wherever you are in the sky!
steven_trotman
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Power tool. $23 Jumbo Jet. $19303 The time it takes to clean the entire plane? Priceless.
whynot8
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You're in good hands with a ranger--a Texas Ranger....
koolz
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make sure you get that window spotless cause when we park this behind home plate..were gonna have the best view and the best advertisement ever.. Superbowl ads eat your heart out.
lisaconley
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If you have a broom handy too, I'll gladly sweep the Cardinals away too.
Daniel_Flint
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Here at Safelite we guarantee our windshield repairs... Drive safe now!
lacy-rowlett
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Man, this is a pretty plane! Captain? Captain? Captain, do you think I could drive it? Do ya? Do ya? Puhleeeeesssseeee??? I promise to win the World Series if you will let me!!!!
whynot8
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No Card(inal) Tricks here, sir! Just a nice, clean window by a Texas Ranger.
brittanie27
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Man, every time we land in Philly, someone tries to clean my windshield for a dollar!
Russell_Harris
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I'll fix that window Captian; I had no idea Pujols could hit a ball this far.
kayce
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Clean your Window for change sir? Can I getta Dollar?!?
Liz_Renfro
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"We've got to get our game face ready!"
fwiljul
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Wax on...Wax off....are you SURE this will help my swing improve???
manuel_mecenas
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good thing the cardinal poop is still fresh.. cleans right up...
Donald_Hayes
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Want to know the difference between Mitch Moreland and Southwest Airlines? One is great at bagging flies and the other is great at flying bags!
Miranda_Rydstro
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My name is 737, and I'm currently taking a quick nap at Gate 4 while they prep me for my next adventure. Thanks Southwest for taking such good care of me.
Cheryl_Grussing
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I am the "The King of Kleaners!"
rnnickerson
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DANG BIRDS!!!! I just cleaned that! or Man even these guys hit bugs....
loriellison
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"You wanna pop the hood while I'm up here so I can check your oil?"
whynot8
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That's Ok sir, I'm a Ranger. A Texas Ranger. I'll have this cleaned for you in a moment.
Walter_Kurt
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They call this a spit and polish where I come from Captain!
whynot8
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Please, please let me go with you on this flight! I'll clean your windows! I'll polish your shoes! I'll win the World Series!
Russell_Harris
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I'll fix that captian. When Cruz pops one up it realy goes up.
Daniel_Smith
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If this airline job doesn't pan out there's always baseball to fall back on.
Betty_Rider
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Damn! It was so cold in St. Louis last night the de-icer gunned up the window! Glad to be back home where it's hot and dry!
Carolanne_Kerl
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Just like those Texas Rangers, Southwest is "On the Ball"
scott_herbert
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SPLAT!!! Did you need me to replace the wiper blades also?
adresch
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Should I also check the oil, sir?
Margie_Benninge
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I am sooo nuts about Southwest and I learned everything about nuts from those squirrely Cardinals!
Russell_Harris
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I'll get it as clean as I can, but I'm not sure how much of the game you'll be able to see at 480 mph.
lzanc37
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Next time I clean the windows I will have to take off my new World Series Championship Ring so you can show it to all the passengers and crew boarding the next flight!
lanegan
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Let me get a new blade on cap'n to wipe those angels off with.Smiley Happy
Edna_Kangas-Tho
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Let me practice cleaning glass the umpire's may need help withTHEIR glasses during the series.
rudy_carreon
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Next stop...St. Louis. We'll get those guys to do the dirty work.
Anne1111
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Keeping things clean..that's the Rangers way!
sarahrae
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Not only is left-handed Mitch Moreland desired in the MLB for batting and throwing, but also for some of the best left-handed window cleaning money can buy!
Brian_Freeland
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Wax on, wax off helps my game how?
Jason__Wyant
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Here...Let me help you Clean Your Glasses, Blue!!!
beardsbh
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I know, but this guy doing the flying has no airline experience at all. He's a menace to himself and everything else in the air. ... Yes, CARDINALS too
reno4ski
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You're right Captain,Champagne works better than water!
lonewinger
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Dang! Guess they have LUV bugs in TX, too!
John_Sullivan
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Hey, look! They pitch, too!