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: The team has been on the road all week, so all signs point to no “best of” this week, right? Wrong! There’s no better promotion than winning, and that’s all the Riders have done. Six road starts, six road victories. This franchise has proven its comfort away from PNC Field, especially with its successful 2012 campaign during the renovations in Moosic.
MISSED OPPORTUNITY: Yeah, we love coming to the ballpark, especially the shiny new PNC Field we have now this season. But look at how well this team does on the road! Maybe the cast of The Office struggles getting around (did they really fly commercial?), but the Riders excel getting to places.
Like other teams’ ballparks.
Like around the bases and back to home plate to add another run.
We’re expecting to hear that the team is scrapping its home uniforms and wearing its road apparel the rest of the season. The Riders are a whopping 10-2 on the road this season and just 5-9 in the home unis.
They’re the same players, so it’s gotta be the duds. Right?
COMING UP: With a full week of games approaching, we’ve already talked about Lost Sock Memorial Day on Thursday. But Saturday offers a promotion that has legs — four to be exact.
The game against Gwinnett is Bark in the Park night, where dogs can bring their owners to the game. The first 500 dogs get a dog bowl and get to make their owners carry it around for them — the ultimate in role reversal.
The way the Riders have been playing, don’t expect a dog of a game.