NO LOVE FOR THE GOV:
ECHL Las Vegas Wranglers held “Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Prison Uniform
Night” during a game against the Bakersfield Condors. The Wranglers sported
prison-style jerseys, complete with stripes, while the Condors wore jerseys
fashioned after orange, prisoner jumpsuits. On-ice officials wore outfits
resembling a police uniform.
CLEAR THE AIR: Befitting
a team with a mascot named Thunder, the Lake Elsinore
Storm (Class A, California League) gave out free samples of Subtle Butt
anti-fart shields at their weekly all-you-can-eat Tuesday home games.
TAKE ME OUT TO THE WEDDING:
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs, a Class AAA affiliate of
the Philadelphia Phillies, held BallPark Wedding
Night. Players wore tuxedo jerseys and two fans exchanged wedding vows before
OH NO YOU DON’T: The University of Florida e-mailed the Class A Florida State League Fort Myers Miracle a cease-and-desist
letter after learning that the team had planned “What Would Tim Tebow Do Night.” The promotion was to include free promise
rings and a stunt where a guy named Tim Tebow would
try to walk on some water.
NAME YOUR SCANDAL: Several minor league teams lined up promotions
in light of recent high-profile sports scandals. The independent Fort Worth
Cats held “A-Fraud Redemption Day” at LaGrave Field.
Fans who brought in Alex Rodriguez-related merchandise received four general
admission tickets to a Cats game. Meanwhile, the AHL Milwaukee Admirals held “Don’t Be Like Mike” Night for a home game against the
Rockford IceHogs. Tickets were available for $2 to
any fan named Michael, Phelps, Mary Jane, Cheech,
Chong, Weed or Wied; any fan who has won an Olympic
gold medal; or any graduate of the DARE program.
A SLIMMER YOU: The Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Class A, New York-Penn League) gave one lucky
lady a free liposuction treatment. Five finalists were invited to the field,
where the grand prize winner was announced.
NO DUDES ALLOWED:
The Class A
New York-Penn League Hudson Valley Renegades estimated that between 500 and 700
female fans filled Dutchess Stadium at the start of a
game that was open to only women. About 100 male fans gathered outside the
ballpark for a tailgate, where the Renegades provided them
video games and large-screen television sets on which to watch the game.
BUSINESS IN FRONT, PARTY IN BACK:
The AHL Manchester
Monarchs have sported a mullet promotion for several seasons, this past March
offering “Rock the Mullet Night” in honor of the hair bands of the ’80s. The
team handed out 3,500 rocker mullet wigs to fans so they could get in on the
act, and had a live rock performance to boot.