One of the fun things about Minor League baseball are the hilarious promotions teams have from time to time. Often times the draw at these games are mostly baseball diehards, so to bring out the more casual fan some seriously wacky lures are thought up by PR departments.
July 11, 2012; Reading, PA USA; Richmond Flying Squirrels pitcher Chris Heston throws during the AA Eastern League All-Star game at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Eastern Division defeated the Western Division, 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Perhaps no finer example exists than what the San Francisco Giants affiliated AA Richmond Flying Squirrels are doing with “Salute to Scandal Night” tonight. Slated as a tribute to former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner, the event will feature $1 hot dogs at all the concession stands, but will also have a “Brett Favre Football Throw” and a “Tiger Woods Closest to the Pin Challenge”. Fans are encouraged to tweet pictures of themselves eating their hot dogs.
“Scandal night is meant to be a fun, tongue in cheek night and what hotter of a scandal right now than Anthony Weiner,” said Flying Squirrels Vice President and COO Todd “Parney” Parnell. “His scandal just couldn’t have come at a better time in regards to the Flying Squirrels promotional calendar.”
Maybe it’s just my sense of humor, but I find this quite hilarious. I’ve seen numerous articles about “Scandal Night”, so it is definitely getting the recognition the good people at AA Richmond were hoping for. Time will tell if this was a success.
So what are some of your favorite promotions of the many hundreds around the Minors each season? This one starts at 4:05 PT, and you can follow the tweeted-in hot dog pictures here: @gosquirrels
Also coming up for AA Richmond is Ryan Vogelsong’s final rehab start, slated for this Sunday. It’s been a busy time for the Flying Squirrels.