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This may sound pretentious, and I always mispronounce “zeitgeist,” but it’s true. The word is German for “the spirit of the times”, and that’s what attention-grabbing theme nights are all about. Some zeitgeist-capturing examples from 2010 include promos dedicated to “Jersey Shore”, the World Cup, LeBron James, and “Twilight.”
I’m rambling on about this because the almighty Google has recently unveiled its “Zeitgeist 2010″ year-end search round-up. Searchable by country and category, it can serve as a handy tool for promo night brainstorming.
My suggestion? Thanks for asking! How about capitalizing on the year’s “Fastest Rising Dance Move” with Teach Me How To Dougie Night. Promote it with a video featuring the mascot learning the craze, show the players dancing on the videoboard, and stage between-inning on-field demonstrations. All fans named with first name of “Doug” or last name of “Douglas” get in free.
Please get in touch with your own Zeitgeist 2010-inspired Minor League promo ideas.
Moving on to an actual good idea, I’d like to highlight the Durham Bulls’ latest fundraising initiative: For every new fan the team receives on Facebook between now and December 25th, the team will donate $1 to the Durham Literacy Center.
Bulls VP George Habel notes on his blog that “Yes we’re buying our friends…but it’s for a very good cause.” Day one of the promotion netted $150 for the cause, while expanding the team’s already formidable social networking presence.
So if you’re not a fan of the Bulls on Facebook, hustle over there immediately and get to likin’.
And, finally, it is worth noting that the Omaha
Royals Storm Chasers are moving to their new home of Werner Park on Friday. This will, once and for all, end the Rosenblatt Stadium era (although the facility will remain standing for the forseeable future).
The Storm Chasers note in a press release that “Moving vans will arrive at Rosenblatt at approximately 8:30 a.m. to complete a process started by the Storm Chasers staff over the past several months. Historical items such as photos, game programs and team records will be preserved and delivered to Werner Park.”
And as for Werner Park, it “will remain under construction even as the front office staff inhabits its new digs. Nearly 75 percent of the work has been completed, including the entire playing field and seating bowl, with final touches to the concession, restroom, press and suite areas to continue into the first part of 2011.”
And as for me, I’m going to make some final touches to this post and then hit “Publish.” It’s really that simple.
End-of-the-season existential anxiety can wait until next week, as today I am pleased to provide some info on a charitable initiative happening in the here and now.
Limbs For Life, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing amputees with prosthetic limbs, has announced a Triple-A jersey auction to benefit its Dominican Outreach Program. A septet of autographed jerseys are now up for bid, and the following players are featured:
Tanner Scheppers(Oklahoma City RedHawks)
Cameron Maybin (New Orleans Zepyhrs)
Ryan Kalish (Pawtucket Red Sox)
Kirk Nieuwenhuis (Buffalo Bisons, also the hardest name to spell in all of the Minors)
Tyler Flowers (Charlotte Knights)
Jesus Montero (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees)
Jay Jackson (Iowa Cubs)
The auction ends at 11 p.m. on September 21, in conjunction with the end of the Minor League Baseball postseason. The annual Bricktown Showdown will be played that evening, pitting the winners of the Pacific Coast and International Leagues against one another in a battle for Triple-A supremacy.
Limbs For Life has been developing a presence within Minor League Baseball as of late, having previously staged similar auctions in partnership with the Iowa Cubs, Tacoma Rainiers, and Oklahoma City RedHawks. Limbs For Life PR director Ryan McGhee writes that “We feel there’s a natural connection between baseball and the Dominican Republic, and this is a good way for professional baseball to give back to the country.”
Agreed! And, if nothing else, you’ve got to give Limbs For Life credit for having an excellent motto: “We’re Not Asking For Much…Just An Arm and a Leg!”
Bid HERE, and enjoy this final weekend of Minor League postseason action.
As you’ll no doubt recall, a mustachoied, jewlery-wearing, beer-swilling pitcher by the name of Biilly Ray “Rojo” Johnson took the mound for the Round Rock Express. This mysterious individual precipitated a brawl with just one pitch, and then vanished from the scene just as quickly as he came.
Rojo, of course, was Will Ferrell.
The comedian’s memorable foray into the Minors has been commemorated with what is destined to be one of the most sought-after cards of 2010. Behold:
The card is part of the Pacific Coast League’s “Top Prospects” set, which, in addition to Rojo, includes 35 of the circuit’s most promising players. 3892 of these cardboard beauties were produced; here’s the breakdown:
sets belonging to the 16 PCL teams/league office
cards belonging to the Cancer for College charity
170 uncut press
sheets belonging to the 16 PCL teams/league office
Who knows what will become of the cards belonging to Mr. Ferrell? Like the hair residing above Rojo’s upper lip, that’s his personal stash.
This has been Ben’s Biz Blog post #500. Thank you for your continued patronage.
There are 160 teams in the world of affiliated Minor League Baseball, and I do my best to cover them in as fair and equitable a manner as possible. But, inevitably, some teams receive more coverage than others.
I’ll let others be the judge of why this may be so (east coast bias? bribery? laziness? the randomness inherent in all aspects of existence?). My reason for bringing this topic up in the first place is simply because, yet again, I am going to devote a blog post to the Lakewood BlueClaws and Trenton Thunder. Regular readers are aware, of course, that these two teams have recently gotten more than their share of coveted Ben’s Biz Blog publicity.
Well, here’s some more.
Let’s start with the BlueClaws, who announced today that they will be sponsoring a bowling league. I am a huge proponent of the sport (which, nouveau Brooklynites take note, should be enjoyed unironically), and therefore eager to see this idea catch on throughout the Minors.
As befits such an occasion, the BlueClaws launched into a series of bowling-related puns as a way to promote this endeavor. From a post today on the BlueClaws blog:
“Have some spare time? Want a great way to split up the work week? Then don’t strike out. Join the new BlueClaws Bowling League!”
The blog also provides a link to “funny team bowling names“, which is something I can definitely get behind. Here’s a my own list of baseball-inspired bowling league names:
The Hook-y Leagues
The Liberal Strike Zones
Hall of Framers
The Split-chell Report
Man, that was harder than I thought it would be. I didn’t do a very good job at all. All that I can do is offer my customary “kudos” to the team in question and move on….
To the Trenton Thunder, who are staging a unique and very worthwhile memorabilia auction. Throughout the season, clubby Tom “Tonto” Cackley collected memorabilia from a wide array of Thunder players (including rehabbing big leaguers) as well as special ballpark guests. Now, he’s auctioning all of these items on eBay, with proceeds benefiting the Domestic Violence Project.
There are 87 (!) items available. Listing them would be rather redundant; simply click HERE and see for yourself.
Finally, I’ll be writing up a new offseason edition of “Promotion Preview” tomorrow, covering the next two weeks. Please get in touch with information on any and all Minor League events that are taking place during this time.
Thank you in advance for getting in touch. And thank you retroactively for reading.
The Minor League offseason has nearly completed its second month, so by now it would be logical to assume that my supply of 2009 Minor League promotion photos has been exhausted.
But logic has never been a part of this operation, and if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Therefore, let me regale you on this late October afternoon with pictures of a promotion that the Myrtle Beach Pelicans staged back in mid-August: Locks of Love Night.
Locks of Love is an organization that provides hairpieces to children who have lost their hair due to a medical condition.Their mission statement reads as follows: to return a sense of self,
confidence and normalcy to children suffering
from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails
to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics
to financially disadvantaged children.
Throughout the season, the Pelicans encouraged fans to grow out their hair so that they could eventually donate to this imminently worthy cause. On Locks of Love Night, five volunteers donated a combined 70 inches of hair. Additionally, a barber shop was set up on the concourse, offering haircuts in exchange for charitable donations to the organization.
Now let us proceed to the ample photographic evidence, starting with the “before” shot of what must have been the evening’s hair donation champion:
The Moment of Truth:
And then it was on to the next one:
Bagged, Tagged, and Ready to Go!
Okay, I’m now fairly certain that my supply of ’09 promotional pictures has been exhausted. Or has it? Only time will tell…
Thanks for reading, as always. I’ll be back on Monday, ready to embrace the month of November head-on. Or at least that’s the plan.