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Saturday, August 20, 2005

Ya Gotta Love Da Minors

As this piece at says: "Minor League Baseball teams are known for their game promotions." Here's a few between Wednesday and today:
Syracuse SkyChiefs
Mr. Potato Head Night
Wednesday, August 17 vs. Rochester
It's been more than 50 years since a spud was born, when the original Mr. Potato Head emerged in a field somewhere in Rhode Island. Since then, the Spudmeister has married Mrs. Potato Head, had some small fries, received a Presidential Sports Award, dabbled in Hollywood and even Madison Avenue marketing campaigns. But now Mr. Potato Head goes one step further and becomes an honorary SkyChief. The first 2,000 fans 13 and younger take home a Mr. Potato Head wearing the silver and blue of the Chiefs. Oh, Mr. Potato Head, I love you.

Charleston RiverDogs
Bring a Yankee Night
Wednesday, August 17 vs. Savannah
In honor of the RiverDogs' new Major League affiliation with the New York Yankees, Mike Veeck's club presents Bring a Yankee Night to the Joe. Discounted admission will be offered to anyone who brings a friend with an out-of-state license from the North. The club promises -- honest -- to welcome its neighbors with warm hospitality, Southern charm, and of course, a special brand of RiverDogs teasing. Hopefully that doesn't mean a Bronx cheer. Come prepared.

Jupiter Hammerheads
Guaranteed Win Night
Wednesday, August 17 vs. Brevard County
Should the home team lose, all fans will receive a free ticket to an upcoming game. Let's see, this could be a tough one. Jupiter is currently nine games behind Brevard in the standings, and the Manatees are in the hunt for a Florida State League playoff berth. However, if Jupiter gets to the eighth inning with the lead, fans should know that's a good sign as the Hammerheads are 40-0 this season when leading going into the ninth.

Now, that is a promo I could get into to!

Norwich Navigators
Only in America Day
Thursday, August 18 vs. New Hampshire
When team officials decided to host a day honoring our country, they zeroed in on Don King as their guest of honor. "I am first and foremost an American," said the big-haired boxing promoter, "and when I was asked to come to Norwich for Only in America Day with the Navigators' fans, I was happy to accept. I look forward to seeing everyone at Dodd Stadium for an American celebration on August 18." Indeed if anything says "freedom," it's King's hair. The first 1,000 fans will also get Don King wigs to wear during the game. Don't fear the 'fro....

New Jersey Cardinals
Dr. Lori's Antique Appraisal Night

Saturday, August 20 vs. Staten Island
It's time to dig out your vintage household items and bring them on down to the ballpark. Anyone who purchases a ticket for this New York-Penn League game can bring their favorite antique to Skylands Park for a free appraisal on the item's value.

Las Vegas 51s
Oscar Goodman Bobblehead Night
Saturday, August 20 vs. Portland
The flamboyant and controversial mayor of Las Vegas steps into the big time once again with his own Bobblehead Doll. The first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive a bobblehead of Oscar Goodman: the so-called "Happiest Mayor of the Greatest City in the World." In past years, Goodman - who is serving his second term - has had his face placed on $5 and $25 casino chips as well as a 51s bobblehead doll back in 2000. These three items are reportedly coveted by locals and tourists alike and have shown up on Internet auctions at high prices. Now is your chance to get one for free.

That would be the same Oscar Goodman who is the subject of the book: Of Rats and Men: Oscar Goodman's Life from Mob Mouthpiece to Mayor of Las Vegas, by John L. Smith.

posted on 8/20/2005 by Jeff Agnew

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