Shot Down Too Soon

SatelliteHello, readership! I am back in NYC, safe and sound, and ready to begin posting again. Many new and noteworthy tidbits emerged from the world of the Minors when I was gone, and now all I have to do is pick one to focus on. Hmm…let me just take a gander at my "Potential Blog Posts" notebook and see what jumps out at me.

[20 minutes later]

Okay, I’m ready to go. At the risk of being redundant, let me focus once again on the always innovative Lowell Spinners, whose most recent offseason fundraising endeavor was ruined by the Pentagon. Doesn’t that always seem to be the case these days?

Let me explain. On February 14th, the Spinners announced a promotion that was inspired by the U.S. spy satellite that was plummeting toward Earth at the time. From the press release:

"There are 194 countries and four oceans where the satellite could land on Earth. There is also the possibility it will never reach earth, or the U.S. could shoot the satellite down. Taking these possibilities into account, there are 200 different options.

The Spinners will raffle off 200 slots at $10 each, and fans can enter as many times as possible untilLowell
200 slots have been filled. On Tuesday, February 26th, the Spinners will randomly assign each entry a country, ocean, the satellite never makes it to Earth, or is shot down.

The winner will receive $1000 and a chance to throw out a first pitch at a Spinners game being recognized as the Falling Satellite Winner."

The remaining $1000 raised was slated to go to Lowell Spinners Charities and the Joanna Weber Charitable Fund.

Unfortunately, the Pentagon foiled the Spinners’ creative fundraising efforts by choosing to shoot down the satellite without warning, well ahead of schedule. The club was then forced to cancel the promotion. Sadly, those in the Department of Defense did not seem to care about the effect their actions would have on the promotional activities of Class A Short Season Minor League Baseball teams.

Seeing as how the DoD received a budget of approximately $439 billion during fiscal year 2007, it would be appropriate that they atone for their itchy trigger fingers by donating $1000 to Lowell Spinners Charities and the Joanna Weber Charitable Fund. That would be the honorable thing to do, and I urge all those within the Pentagon’s labyrinthian corridors who are reading this to please make sure that this indeed happens.

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