Minor League Baseball promotions are nothing if not timely, and one would be hard-pressed to find one timelier than what’s going down in Fresno tonight.
Explains the team:
On Tuesday night, acting Dodgers manager Don Mattingly made a visit to reliever Jonathan Broxton on the pitcher’s mound. Upon returning towards the dugout, and after leaving the 18-foot mound circle, Mattingly doubled back to speak to Broxton again, thereby constituting a second visit. This required Broxton to be removed from the game, pursuant to Official Baseball Rule 8.06 (b):
A second trip to the same pitcher in the same inning will cause this pitcher’s automatic removal from the game
We all know what happened from there: Broxton was removed, George Sherrill was inserted in his place, and Adrian Torres promptly hit a go-ahead two-run double to give the Giants a lead they would not relinquish.
The Grizzlies are a Giants affiliate, and therefore Mattingly’s ignorance of Rule 8.06 is to be celebrated. Thus,
any fan who purchases a ticket to Thursday’s game (first visit), then makes a return trip to the box office that night (second visit), bringing his or her game ticket back to the window and mentioning Rule 8.06, will receive a free ticket to either the Tuesday, July 27 or Wednesday, July 28 home games against the Tacoma Rainiers.
Brilliant, right? In celebration of the industry’s continued creativity I’ll leave you with this entirely unrelated video: