The first year of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders was already a success in the minds of thousands of fans off the field with several promotions.
On Friday, the club was officially honored for its promotions, receiving the Golden Bobblehead Awards for the Best Non-Game Day Event and for the Best Overall Promotion/Event in all of the minors by MiLB. The team picked up the awards at the annual Minor League Baseball Promotional Seminar awards show held in Louisville, Ky.
The RailRiders’ promotion of The Office Wrap Party held at PNC Field on May 4 took both awards.
The cast and crew of the hit NBC show that wrapped up its nine-year run in May were on hand at PNC Field that Saturday evening concluding a day-long tribute to the program, which was based in Scranton.
The event at PNC Field included a question-and-answer session with the cast, screening of bloopers from the show and a sneak peek at the series finale. The surprise of the night was the shocking appearance of Steve Carell. Carell was joined by actors Craig Robinson, Rainn Wilson, Ellie Kempe, Oscar Nunez, Phyllis Smith, Creed Bratton, Paul Lieberstein, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Andy Buckley, executive producer Greg Daniels and a number of behind-the-scenes personnel.
The RailRiders were also finalists for Best Charity Promotion/Event in all the minors for their efforts with HOPE (Helping Others Persevere and Excel) Week. The RailRiders proudly played their part in the Yankees’ organization’s annual campaign. The week-long community outreach program’s purpose is to touch as many lives as possible in the area. Members of the RailRiders’ coaching staff, players and front office folks made their way throughout NEPA.