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(Florida   The 20 best minor-league baseball promotional gimmicks, including Randy Moss Hood-Ornament Night   ( divider line
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2003-05-08 12:08:25 AM  
The Sacramento Rivercats do the hot dog cannon thing too which is my favorite. The short lived Sacramento Steelheads used to have a steelhead (salmon like fish) throwing contest between innings that was pretty funny too and they got a bunch of flak fron the PETA crowd for it.

Minor league ball is so much fun and a lot more like baseball should be. Family oriented and less expensive to take the whole family to.
2003-05-08 02:59:32 AM  
The most bizarre thing is that they make the poor diamond-seeking mothers dig with half of a paint stirring stick. Casn't they come up with spoons or something, eh?
2003-05-08 03:07:29 AM  
"What's that glare coming from section 104?"

That one made me laugh really loud, and I can only imagine what it would have been like to have been there.
2003-05-08 03:09:24 AM  
I want a "Bratzooka".
2003-05-08 03:09:50 AM  
Kidd1235 - Go back to the "Mother Lode of Butts" link and squint your eyes. I'll bet it looked something like that.
2003-05-08 03:09:51 AM  
Maybe a tie-in promotion with Dairy Queen for some spoons?
"Cold-Digger Nite"

/got nuthin'
2003-05-08 03:10:06 AM  
You mean its not enough to come for the game? You have to be bribed with promises of cheesy entertainment? That's funny.

/thinks baseball is boring
2003-05-08 03:20:41 AM  
Bah, they missed one of the truly classics - the Jacksonville Suns getting Tonya Harding to make an appearance on Mini-Bat Night. There she was, the infamous queen of knee-cracking, autographing small black wooden weapons. Classic.
2003-05-08 03:28:58 AM  
Before they became known for their pitchers throwing at ospreys, the Daytona Cubs earned national notoriety for their outrageous offer to fans. The team granted a lifetime general admission pass to anyone 18 or older who shelled out $100 to get the team's logo tattooed in a 4 x 4 spot on their bodies from Willie's Tropical Tattoo in Ormond Beach (Tattoo parlors are illegal in Daytona Beach).

tattoos are illegal somewhere? wtf? if thats not just right fuct up, then im a hardcore republican.
2003-05-08 03:30:36 AM  
...i forgot to put "and yet throwing baseballs at ospreys is?" in my last post.
this is how my brain works without weed.
2003-05-08 03:30:36 AM  
Before the K-jays moved from Evans Collin field to Sevierville and became the Smokies (complete with p*ssified ashtray stadium), every night was "Park your car in the ghetto and hope it doesn't get stolen" night.
2003-05-08 03:37:11 AM  
"They'll dig until their hands get blisters. Some of them even come with kneepads.

"Quite frankly, all you see are butts and elbows, I'm telling you."

The comedy writes itself!
2003-05-08 03:38:59 AM  
Go Saints!
2003-05-08 03:57:57 AM  
They should have a Free Pretzel Night on the left side of the stands and a Free Mustard Night on the right side.

It would be one giant singles mixer, with some of America's Most Boring Sport (TM) added in for flavor.
2003-05-08 04:18:25 AM  
SWEET!!! Lowell Spinners get mentioned in a Farked article!!
2003-05-08 04:21:34 AM  
Hey Errk,

A Steelhead is a trout, not a salmon. It's actually the same species as a rainbow trout. The only difference is that a Steelhead makes it to the Ocean (or a Great Lake) during it's lifetime and loses its spots.

/loves fishing
2003-05-08 04:27:40 AM  
minor league baseball promotional gimimcks get me horny.
2003-05-08 04:52:18 AM  
Did anybody notice that gimmick was misspelled?

gimmick, not gimimick. Oh well, better luck next headline.

2003-05-08 04:58:53 AM  
Diamond hunt? Sounds like fun.

What, you mean we have to watch baseball afterwards? Fark that, I'll sit in the corner and watch the grass grow instead.
2003-05-08 05:09:05 AM  
No mention of James Traficant night? That was by far the coolest thing I've ever seen.

Fark Mumia! Free Traficant!
2003-05-08 05:16:42 AM  

You're right. I knew that, but I just said "salmon like" so people who didn't know would get the general idea what they were like. What do you east coasters fish for the most out there in Ithaca? I like rock cod, shark, and salmon fishing in the ocean here the best, but sturgeon in San Francisco Bay and delta is fun too. The fresh water fishing here isn't as good as other parts of the country, but anytime I have a line in the water it's OK with me.
2003-05-08 05:29:12 AM  
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Tires Plus presents the Peppermint Schnapps-Tire Iron Double Hitter!
2003-05-08 06:59:47 AM  
Sir_Tofek- lick me.

/the poster
2003-05-08 07:13:21 AM  
Robotninja Classic!
2003-05-08 07:13:22 AM  
Free range chicken night?

2003-05-08 07:13:58 AM  
How about getting Derek Jeter to play for ya? It seems to be working for the Trenton Thunder ;-j
2003-05-08 08:16:38 AM  
The best one was the Charleston RiverDogs Zero attendance night. People were given ladders to watch the game from outside the park until the seventh inning when the game became official. At that time people could come in and sit in the stands. The game is officially listed as the record for lowest ballgame attendance. That still cracks me up.
2003-05-08 08:49:33 AM  
Nickel beer night at Cleveland back in the 1970's. They were playing the Texas Rangers, and began losing badly, and the place broke out in a riot. Fans set fire to bleachers, and eventually stormed the field. Billy Martin, managing Texas because he was in exile from the Realm of King George, had to go out with some bat-wielding players to rescue their right fielder from a mob. Many states after that passed laws prohibiting promotions that give away alcohol, or sell it at a loss.
2003-05-08 09:26:23 AM  
I can't wait until "Handgun Night" returns to L.A.
2003-05-08 09:26:40 AM  
What about Smelt Night?
2003-05-08 09:43:30 AM  
Let me be the last to say:

Gimmick, not Gimimick.
2003-05-08 09:46:03 AM  
Slider night at the Coop. White Castle "burgers" for a quarter apiece. As if the average Columbus Clippers crowd doesn't smell bad enough.

A couple years ago, they had "wrestling" after the ball game. Biggest joke ever, even by wrestling standards. They brought in King Kong Bundy, George "The Animal" Steele and Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka. The only problem was the guy bringing the ring got into an accident on the way there. The only thing they could scrounge up was a boxing ring with 4 really loose ropes and no turnbuckle pads. Well, there went Snuka and Steele's gimmicks. At least Bundy got to do his big standing splash. Unfortunately, it broke one of the main wooden support beams under the ring. The Clippers officals learned their lessons and brought in the much more capable HWA wrestlers last year.
2003-05-08 09:47:04 AM  
StrongBrad: Yeah, too bad tickets are still pretty much impossible to get... My parents live about a half a mile away from the park, and still haven't been able to get tickets...
2003-05-08 10:18:27 AM  
I used to do replay, graphics and camera for the Lowell Spinners live broadcasts. They did have some good promotions. I'm pretty sure they also did the pregnant fan promotion first. The games are fun, but the team basically sucks. They're no Batavia Muckdogs.

I always thought a good mascot for the Lowell Spinners would be a disfigured child laborer.
2003-05-08 10:21:24 AM  
Baseball sucks ass...the only real sport is soccer.
2003-05-08 10:22:23 AM  
The Indiana Pacers used to do this kind of thing when they sucked rocks in the pre-Michael Jordan 1980s. My favorite was Frank night, where discounts were given to anyone named Frank, anyone dressed like a frankfurter, or anyone from Frankfort, Ind.

It worked -- at the time it helped make the Pacers one of the top-drawing teams in the league. Of course, NBA attendance was so losing that the Pacers only needed about 10K fans a game to do it.

Also, to Thereisnospoon, tattoos are also illegal in South Carolina.
2003-05-08 10:27:30 AM  
Ditto for Massachusetts Thereisnospoon.
2003-05-08 10:39:25 AM  
Sure, these gimmicks are amusing, but they're just another indicator of the human condition--people are stupid and undignified.
2003-05-08 10:40:01 AM  
Minor league baseball rules. So much better than major league...
2003-05-08 10:56:19 AM  
This isn't baseball, but the greatest promotional gimmick I ever saw live was a pee-wee hockey game between periods at a sold-out Peoria Rivermen game back in 1991 (the season after they won something like 26 games in a row to set the world record). You haven't lived until you've seen a five-year-old kid go on the world's slowest breakaway halfway down the ice with 9,000 fans ROARING him on and laughing their asses off at the same time. Minor leagues = teh rule.
2003-05-08 11:06:48 AM  

Yeah, Zero Attendance night rocked. ESPN even came down to cover that one. Mike Veeck is the guy with the Riverdogs who's responsible for all those crazy promotions. I believe that it was either him or his dad (who worked for the Chicago White Sox) who did the infamous Disco Demolition Night back in the '70s.
The Riverdogs also were going to give away a free vasectomy at one game, but they ended up cutting that one short.

/rim shot
2003-05-08 11:09:40 AM  
05-08-03 10:39:25 AM Drongozone
Sure, these gimmicks are amusing, but they're just another indicator of the human condition--people are stupid and undignified.

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2003-05-08 12:07:46 PM  
The really neat thing is that I know the promotion manager for the San Jose Giants, who get two mentions for "beer batter" and the headlight bust. Its a pretty fun time. Really entertaining!
2003-05-08 01:23:41 PM  
IIRC, Massachusetes finally allowed tattoos recently. Way to get into the 20th Century...three years too late.
2003-05-08 02:30:17 PM  
Ah thanks Heltr_skltr, they must have changed the law right after I moved. They're even 3 years too late for the 21st century.
2003-05-08 03:23:32 PM  
The Wichita Wranglers actually had a Larry Eustachy night last night, complete with $1 Nat Light, a kissing booth and people in black turtle necks. College girls got in free.
2003-05-09 02:31:35 AM  
Boobies last post fark shiat biatch
2003-05-14 10:21:37 PM  

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