Spreading the Love, Minor League Style
Welcome to the much-anticipated 267th installment of Ben’s Biz Blog. For today’s episode, we’ll take a look back at a few Valentine’s Day events that took place around the Minor Leagues last week.
Consider this post a follow-up to last Friday’s “Minoring in Business” article. That’s an order.
Let’s start in Lake County, Ohio, where Captains mascot Skipper delivered Valentines to both homes and businesses. I particularly like this picture, primarily because of the pink-shirted individual standing forlornly in the background:
The Captains were also the beneficiaries of some sweet media coverage. Click here to check out the video piece that ran on the website of the local News-Herald. And click here to see additional V-Day pics.
(thanks to Captains promotions director Jonathan Levey for the pictures and link)
Now, let us travel in a northwesterly direction, until we end up in the magical town of Vancouver. There, Canadians mascot Bob Brown Bear made the rounds. Let’s take a look at what he was up to:
Now, in my aforementioned “Minoring in Business” article, I quoted Canadians GM Andrew Seymour as saying the following:
“One of the people we’re delivering to this year has a mascot phobia.
So Bob is going to have to stay in the car for that one. I don’t even
think he’ll be allowed in the lobby.”
Well, here’s a picture of Seymour delivering a Valentine, sans Bob Brown Bear. I don’t know if Bob’s absence in this shot can be attributed to a mascot phobia, or if other factors were involved.
Finally, let us head back east to Lowell, MA. There, the Spinners staged their annual “Spread the Love” winter caravan. The following pictures are from the team’s enthusiastically-received visit to a local elementary school. Reports Spinners media relations manager Jon Boswell:
When the principal introduced the members of the caravan,
even the Spinners front office was received like members of the Red Sox.
Hopefully 30 years down the road when some kid goes to show off his autograph
collection and points to a Micky Ward or Jonathan Papelbon autograph he isn’t
too upset to see a Spinners Head Groundskeeper Jeff Paolino autograph
So, there you have it. Another Valentine’s Day in the books, and the Minor Leagues did it up right. I considered asking teams to send in more V-Day’s photos, but, really, it’s time to move on now. To the future!