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: There were just three home games last week and the best was hands down the appearance by future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter. Crain and the RailRiders rolled out the red carpet for the Yankee captain with everything but the red carpet. Jeter was treated to a recording of deceased Yankee PA announcer Bob Sheppard doing the honors of letting the sellout crowd aware of who was at bat. Ceremonial red, white and blue banners hung from the second deck and the night was capped with the third straight fireworks show.
MISSED OPPORTUNITY: When you have two sellouts in three home games and another game attracting more than 7,000 fans, there’s not much to miss out on.
If there was one thing that possibly could have been improved it would have been to literally roll out the red carpet for Jeter. How about a red path leading from the dugout to the batter’s box prior to each of his at bats giving one of the greatest shortstops in the history of Major League Baseball the whole royal treatment?
COMING UP: There’s nearly a full week of games at PNC Field as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre heads into the all-star break. There are six games at the ballpark as the longest homestand of the season continues.
Tuesday is a camp day game with a special start time of 12:05 p.m. Perhaps the best promotion of the week ahead is on Thursday when adult softball is also celebrated. It doesn’t seem like a coincidence that adult softball night happens to fall on Thirsty Thursday. If that promotion seems aimed mainly at men don’t worry, Friday is a special night for the females with Ladies Night.