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: Obviously, future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter’s string of games was a unique treat that can’t really be topped during the 2013 campaign. Playing to the Beer League stereotype perhaps, the RailRiders had Adult Softball Night at the same game as Thirsty Thursdays.
MISSED OPPORTUNITY: With Jeter on the field for four games, there’s really nothing to have missed. He wore his trademark No. 2. He had an entourage of media swirling about him. He seemed to sign every autograph requested — at the ballpark and around the region. With the spark the team’s had in recent weeks — the RailRiders won seven of eight at one point — let’s bring the rest of the New York Yankees here.
The Yankees had six-game and three-game win streaks around the time of Jeter’s rehab, with Zolio Almonte, Chris Stewart and David Adams among the former players from the local team in the Bronx Bombers’ lineup. So let’s just swap them out for a week, get the RailRiders into first place and then then push the Yankees back into the AL East race.
COMING UP: The RailRiders are back home Thursday to start a series with Louisville. There’s promotions throughout, but Saturday’s combination of events offers something for everyone. There’s a pre-game band performing on a night in which Christmas in July will be celebrated — complete with a Holiday Ornament Giveaway — and Military Night will salute those who defend our freedom and those who have proudly served before.