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DOWN ON THE FARM: MAJOR HAPPENINGS IN THE MINOR LEAGUES
Published April 6, 1995
EXCITEMENT RAINING DOWN ON TACOMA: Since Mariners moved their AAA affiliation from Calgary to Tacoma, there is now renewed interest in a region "eager to play ball." 6,500 of 10,000 tickets have already been sold for tonight's Rainiers' opener, "making a sellout likely." Along with the renewed fan interest, the team has sold 24 corporate sponsorships to local and national companies for $37,500 each. Among the sponsors: Alaska Airlines, Domino's Pizza, Pepsi, and Boeing Co. Rainiers Dir of Community Relations Kevin Kalal: "I thought we would have trouble selling 20 corporate sponsors when we started, but now we're looking for two more on top of the 24." According to Kalal, the team has also sold more caps in December '94 than all last year (Angelo Bruscas, SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 4/6). The Tacoma AAA team was known as the Tigers in '94. BISONS HOPE TO HERD SOME YOUNG'UNS: The AAA Buffalo Bisons will be focusing on making games more enjoyable for kids this season. Through the corporate sponsorship of Jubilee Foods, Independent Health, Polaroid and Putt-Putt, the team is able to offer "Kids Korner" -- an area designated for kids -- which includes a special concession stand serving such items as grilled cheese and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, a photo booth where they can get their picture taken with a favorite team mascot or character and a new play area. Bisons Public Relations Dir John Isherwood: "Bison baseball is all about the family and kids" (Bisons). TAKING ONE LAST BITE OUT OF BIG MAC: The AAA Syracuse Chiefs, playing their last season at 62-year-old MacArthur Stadium, have a new logo and slogan this season called "Last Crack At Big Mac." The slogan is being used to commemorate the final season at MacArthur and is being used on all Chiefs printed materials and merchandise (Chiefs). SPORTSCENTER COMING UP NEXT: This Sunday will mark the first nationally televised game in franchise history for the AAA Phoenix Firebirds when they take on the Las Vegas Stars on ESPN. With the national exposure, the team is sponsoring a contest to award two season tickets to the fan displaying the most creative Firebirds/ESPN banner (Firebirds). TRACKING MICK E. MOOSE: The IHL Minnesota Moose have announced the kick-off of the "Big Game Hunt," a "fan friendly" program created to alleviate confusion as to where the Moose are playing their playoff games. Due to schedule conflicts, the Moose will be playing their first round playoff games in the Target Center instead of the normal St. Paul Civic Center. Details of the "Big Game Hunt" are being broadcast on local radio and newspapers (Moose).