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.
BEST OF THE WEEK: The Mini Pillow Pet Giveaway on Saturday night appeared to be popular with the young fans even though it could have been a tough pitch. Of all the animals you probably don’t wat to use as a pillow, a porcupine is likely at or near the top of the list.
It was another week of few home games, making the giveaway part of what would have been a banner day regardless. The Allied Jersey Auction was also Saturday, raising money for a good cause.
MISSED OPPORTUNITY: Well, what can we say?
Last month, when Bark In The Park night was held, we wondered why other animals weren’t getting their day/night at PNC Field. Before you could say “purrrrrrr-fect,” the Wilmington (Del.) Blue Rocks hosted Purr In The Park night on Tuesday against the Carolina Mudcats.
The Blue Rocks, the Class A-Adv. affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, won the game 3-1 and made national headlines.
NBC News had a report with the headline, “Take meow to the ball game: cool cats to watch baseball.” NBC noted that Wilmington is only the second minor league team to have a day for felines — the State College Spikes of the NY-Penn League (Class A short season) have hosted two nights for cats.
According to the report, State College had 11 cats in attendance for the inaugural event in 2011. WDEL Radio reported 12 cats at Wilmington this week on a 75-degree day.
Maybe more dogs turn out for Bark In The Park, but the cats deserve their turn. More will come out as long as such promotions continue.
COMING UP: There’s three more games with Buffalo before the RailRiders go back on the road. All the usual staples are in place — Sunday, Family FUNday; Monday, $1 hot dogs; 2 for 1 Tuesday. Monday is also Youth Softball Night, appropriately honoring our youngsters who play on teams throughout the region on the night Holy Redeemer bids for its first trip to the PIAA Class 2A softball championship game. If you’re not heading to Allentown for a high school game, take your daughters to the ballpark and enjoy the discounted eats.