Our weekly look at the work of RailRiders president Rob Crain, who has given us back our baseball — with a side order of promotions and entertainment.
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BEST OF THE WEEK: Greg Legg Day last Saturday (April 6), complete with bobbleheads of the Red Barons hero, made for a wonderful evening that drew 5,362 to PNC Field. The postgame fireworks were an added bonus on a full night of events.
MISSED OPPORTUNITY: Bobbleheads are a staple of the baseball world, and a giveaway cherished by fans of all ages. But last Saturday’s honoree was Greg LEGG.
Imagine the uniqueness if the little statue given away had been a bobbleLEGG — Greg Legg’s likeness with the head affixed upon the body and the legs splayed out as if he’s making the throw to first to complete the double play. Best part — the legs bobble instead of the head. A BobbleLegg.
COMING UP: Saturday against the Syracuse Chiefs, there will be a pre-game band entertaining before the first pitch and welcome mats will be given to the first 2,500 fans. Welcome mats are a great giveaway — you can show your pride in the local nine by putting it on your front porch, and Yankee haters will likely clean their shoes like never before with one in front of their door.
We were going to choose Friday’s fireworks as the promotion to look forward to, but we’re sure the Riders are looking into a fire safety night to add to their calendar after last week’s post-fireworks brush fires.