I love a good, creative promotion.
Sure, sure, bobblehead nights are fun...as are appearances of random celebrities or even mascot races. But when a team steps it up a notch and does something clever and unique...it gets my full attention.
The following two nights are no exception.
"The best fans in Minor League Baseball deserve the opportunity to win a once-in-a-lifetime giveaway," Lehigh Valley IronPigs General Manager Kurt Landes said. "Unquestionably, this is the most highly-coveted 'out-of-the-box' promotion in IronPigs history."
What is Landes talking about? This.
Yup...your suspicions are right. The Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies are giving away a funeral August 20. But not only do you get a "professional" funeral service, we're also talking casket, use of the funeral home's facility for both your visitation AND funeral itself, transportation to the cemetery, a headstone, flowers and, perhaps most important, body removal and preparation!
And how do you get in on this prize package (worth close than $10,000!)...an essay contest.
That's right, IronPigs fans can register by submitting an essay of 200 words or less that "describes their ideal funeral and why they feel they will, eventually, be deserving of the free funeral".
Sign. Up. Today!
Meanwhile, on the other side of the Mason-Dixon line...free guns! The Hunstville Stars, the Double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers are celebrating their independence a day early with "Second Amendment Night".
Seriously, you can't make this up.
Fans who come to the Stars take on the Chattanooga Lookouts are eligible to sin one of three guns. And by the looks of it, Larry's Pistol and Pawn (the night's sponsor) isn't messing around because after the game...the largest fireworks show in "recent Stars history". One can only assume they mean ACTUAL fireworks, right?
Oh, here's the kicker...free admission to all NRA members!
Now, I'm not going to draft an essay for the Lehigh contest, but if I did...it would involve getting a free gun and shooting myself in the head because I would have much rather seen the Zooperstars in action.
(h/t Old Time Family Baseball and Deadspin)