NEW YORK (WPIX) — Baseball fans may have noticed something unusual behind the pitching of Friday’s Yankees, Mets and Dodgers games. Three people had the internet buzzing, smiling, still, looking straight into the camera and occasionally standing up.
It seems movie executives were looking for a unique way to spark conversation about a new horror movie. Spectators at baseball games promoted Paramount Pictures’ “Smile,” which hits theaters Thursday, according to TMZ.
The three games these people appeared in were Dodgers vs. Cardinals, Mets vs. A’s, and Yankees vs. Red Sox. At the Mets game, it was clear that stadium staff were not prepared to promote the film, as a security guard approached the woman, who was standing in a bright yellow shirt, and told her to sit down.
At the Yankees game, Aaron Judge attempted to tie Roger Maris’ AL home run record with 61. A man in a bright blue shirt also smiled and occasionally stood up. One person on Twitter joked that they hadn’t moved 40 minutes.
As the internet went wild after the woman was spotted at the Mets vs. A’s game in Oakland, fans watching games at home began keeping their eyes open for even more of these smiling statues at various MLB games. Then a fan watching the Dodgers-Cardinals game, where Robert Pujols hit his 700th home run, saw another man in a bright yellow t-shirt with “Smile” written on it.
Nexstar’s WPIX reached out to Paramount Pictures but did not immediately hear back.