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: It’s hard to argue that almost halfway to St. Patrick’s Day wasn’t the top promotion of the last seven days. Especially when a leprechaun was sprinting all over PNC Field and wreaking havoc. The promotion also brought some luck to the RailRiders as they rebounded from a tough loss the night before to pull out a victory.
MISSED OPPORTUNITY: It was fitting that last week Pittston community night was held at PNC Field on the week the annual Pittston Tomato Festival is being celebrated. But there were some things missing.
The festival always gives us many reasons to make the trek to downtown Pittston. Afterall, that’s where Derek Jeter hung out on his off day while in town. Such promotions like a tomato fight and a tomato queen are part of the festivities.
There was a perfect opportunity to combine tomatoes with the top affiliate of the New York Yankees. Maybe some of the famous pictures of Jeter walking through downtown could’ve been made into cutouts.
Could you also imagine a game where fans get to have a tomato fight in the stands? Or maybe they could’ve be given soft toy tomatoes as a giveaway. But hey, at least this year we actually had a Pittston Community Night. During other seasons, we were lucky to have just a simple community night.
COMING UP: There’s a five games this week ans it’s loaded with promotions at PNC Field. Thursday is one of the best of the season with Football Night, which was rescheduled after the game was postponed last month. Just so happens that the theme falls on a Thirsty Thursday where beer and Pepsi products are just $1 from 6-8 p.m.
If you’re a parent, who is counting the days until the kids go back to school — which may be less than week in some cases — then Saturday is the perfect game because it’s Back to School night and reading is celebrated. If you haven’t got all your back to school shopping done, there’s a lunch box giveaway on Saturday as well. Lunches most likely are not included.