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Funny Promotions
« Topic Start: January 14, 2009, 11:22:37 PM »
http://potomac.nationals.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090114&content_id=495496&vkey=news_milb&fext=.jsp

01/14/2009 2:09 PM ET
Mets' Cyclones change for Obama
Brooklyn MiLB team will alter name to 'Baracklyn' Cyclones on June 23
By Benjamin Hill / Special to MLB.com

Upon winning the Presidential election, Barack Obama proclaimed that "change has come to America."
The nature and extent of this promised "change" has yet to be determined, but it will certainly be felt at KeySpan Park, home of the Mets' Class A Short-Season affiliate, on June 23. On what is sure to be one of the most talked-about promotions in the Minor Leagues this season, the New York-Penn League's Brooklyn Cyclones will take the field as the "Baracklyn Cyclones."

It may be a somewhat awkward play on words, but the Cyclones' enthusiasm and attention to detail more than makes up for the initial groan factor. On this special evening, the Cyclones will wear red, white, and blue "Baracklyn" uniforms, complete with stars and stripes on the shoulders. These unique duds will be auctioned off throughout the game, with the proceeds going to charity.

Additionally, the first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive one-of-a-kind Obama bobbleheads, featuring our soon-to-be Commander-in-Chief decked out in a No. 44 "Baracklyn" jersey.

While Presidential bobbleheads are not new to the Minor League promotional scene (several clubs memorably staged Obama vs. McCain "bobblections" last summer), this marks the first time that a team has temporarily changed its name in response to a national election.

"During the campaign, our general manager, Steve Cohen, would joke that 'If Obama wins, we're going to turn this city into Baracklyn,'" said Cyclones Director of Communications Dave Campanaro. "But the more we thought about it, the more we came to the realization that it would make a great promotion. So we came up with a bunch of ideas in case he won, and when he did we put it into action."

Indeed they did. While the name change and bobblehead giveaway will be the undisputed highlights of the evening, the club has already announced a wide range of other innovations. The first 1,000 fans will receive "Universal Health Care" in the form of a complimentary Band-Aid, and -- as part of the team's "Clear-Cut Exit Strategy" -- American flags will be handed out to fans as they leave the ballpark.
Additionally, a "Bi-Partisan Consolation Prize" insures that anyone named "McCain" or "Palin" gets in free, and plumbers with the first name of Joe will receive two free tickets thanks to a "spread-the-wealth special."
Ballparks are generally regarded as a safe haven from partisan politics, and the Cyclones are aware that this promotion could ruffle a few feathers. Campanaro insists that this is all being done in the name of unity -- not to mention an irresistible play on words.

"If Barack Obama was the same person, but his name was John Smith, then we wouldn't be doing this. But, as it is, this is too good an idea to pass up" he said. "It doesn't mean that we're all democrats, or all Obama fans. But the election is over, he won, and now its time to support him and to support our country. We want this to be a fun and unique night at the ballpark, whether you're a Democrat or a Republican."

And, of course, what would make it most unique would be an appearance from Barack Obama himself.

"We're holding front row seats for the first family," said Campanaro. "After Inauguration Day, once he's settled in, we're going to extend the invitation. It'd be great to see him there."


Benjamin Hill is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.


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Re: Funny Promotions
« Reply #1: January 15, 2009, 07:25:03 AM »
Should have change the name to Baracklyn Clintones

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Re: Funny Promotions
« Reply #2: January 15, 2009, 10:39:44 PM »
The universal health care and Any plumbers named Joe promotions cracked me up!   :lol:   :rofl:

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Re: Funny Promotions
« Reply #3: January 16, 2009, 09:15:52 AM »
The universal health care and Any plumbers named Joe promotions cracked me up!   :lol:   :rofl:

Can the plumbers named Joe get a rain-check if they are currently busy covering the fighting in Gaza?

My favorite was the band-aid.

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Re: Funny Promotions
« Reply #4: January 22, 2009, 09:25:50 PM »
Levale Speigner was a funny promotion.

Wait, wrong kind of promotion...

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Re: Funny Promotions
« Reply #5: June 02, 2009, 11:07:35 AM »
Star Trek Night with the Binghamton Mets.  I saw this on the Top 10 promotions in Minor League Baseball.  Wish I could go!

Binghamton Mets (Eastern League)
Star Trek Night, June 5
"Star Wars" promotional nights have been steadily growing in popularity over the past several years; is it now Star Trek's time to shine? The B-Mets sure think so, as they are celebrating the enduring sci-fi series Friday. The team will wear sleek and stylish Star Trek-themed jerseys during the game, perhaps signifying the players' desire to get "beamed up" to a new level of play. All in-game contests will be Trek-themed, and head shots on the videoboard will be doctored so that the players resemble characters from the series. Perhaps most hilariously, the B-Mets' staff will wear replica "Star Trek" uniforms of various colors so that fans can immediately determine their rank in the front-office hierarchy.


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Re: Funny Promotions
« Reply #6: June 02, 2009, 11:12:56 AM »
This brings a whole new meaning to WARP speed.

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Re: Funny Promotions
« Reply #7: February 09, 2011, 06:24:09 AM »
http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110208&content_id=16596558&vkey=news_t558&fext=.jsp&sid=t558

Human Cannonball a Lowell Spinners Promotion!!!

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Human Home Run to Launch from LeLacheur
02/08/2011 3:39 PM ET
Lowell Spinners

LOWELL, MASS. - The Lowell Spinners, Class-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, are thrilled to announce the first ever "Human Home Run" will take place at LeLacheur Park July 5, 2011, as the human cannonball, David Smith, Jr., will be shot from a cannon at home plate over the outfield wall following the conclusion of the Spinners game.

The concept of the Human Home Run was first approached nearly five years ago as an idea that may be possible and could be an exciting addition to the Spinnertainment schedule.


As the Spinners planned the 2011 Spinnertainment schedule, the time has finally game for the Human Home Run to come to fruition, one final big bang to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday.


"When it comes to human cannonballs, David Smith is the best of the best," said Spinners Vice President Jon Goode. "This is an idea we discussed years ago and he saved it for the Lowell Spinners. Five years in the making, this is going to be a night you will not want to miss."


Smith, whose father David Sr., holds the world record for farthest human cannonball flight of 185 feet, 10 inches, has performed over 500 times, yet the "Human Home Run" presents a new challenge.


"Where else are you going to be able to see nine innings of baseball followed by someone literally flying out of the ballpark," asked Goode. "To top it all off we have a fireworks show planned after the 'Human Home Run." Just another night of Spinnertainment!"


The "Human Home Run" will take the field following the completion of the Spinners game against the Connecticut Tigers. Following the show, the Spinners will conclude their celebration of Independence Day with another post-game fireworks show.


Group Tickets for this game and all 2011 Spinners home games are on sale now. Individual Tickets for this game and all 2011 Spinners home games begins March 15 at www.lowellspinners.com.
 


This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Re: Funny Promotions
« Reply #8: February 09, 2011, 07:33:00 AM »
idea are broached, not approached :bang:

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Re: Funny Promotions
« Reply #9: February 09, 2011, 02:53:20 PM »
I forget which way the fence is at LeLacheur.  The park backs up onto the Merimack, over a rocky stretch (below a dam, I think).  It is built over an industrial ash monofill.  It is HOK.

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Re: Funny Promotions
« Reply #10: February 14, 2011, 06:13:55 PM »
Big fan of "Hard Liquor and Handgun Nights"

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Re: Funny Promotions
« Reply #11: February 17, 2011, 08:10:21 PM »
Big fan of "Hard Liquor and Handgun Nights"

The next step is "8-ball and Uzi Night."

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Re: Funny Promotions
« Reply #12: March 07, 2011, 03:57:10 PM »
The next step is "8-ball and Uzi Night."

To make matters worse.  The Lake Elsinore Storm Have a Charlie Sheen Night!  Charlie Sheen-co DeMayo

http://bensbiz.mlblogs.com/archives/2011/03/lake_elsinore_winning_the_prom.html


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Re: Funny Promotions
« Reply #13: March 09, 2011, 07:58:38 PM »
The Nats need to find a sponsor for a nightly promotion based on runs scored, similar to what the Caps and Bullets have done in the past.  If the Nats score 10 runs, every fan in attendance gets a coupon for a free burger or something. 

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Re: Funny Promotions
« Reply #14: March 09, 2011, 08:07:28 PM »
These are minor league promotions.   The do promotions like that already at the Pfitz.

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« Reply #15: March 09, 2011, 08:46:59 PM »
The Nats need to find a sponsor for a nightly promotion based on runs scored, similar to what the Caps and Bullets have done in the past.  If the Nats score 10 runs, every fan in attendance gets a coupon for a free burger or something. 
The Lerners have lined up WJFK to sponsor a 106.7 promotion.  Any time the Nats score 106.7 runs in a week, precisely, the Lerners will pick up the cost of a season ticket for one lucky fan.