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Minor league team Lehigh Valley IronPigs installing video game urinals at ballpark

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If the goal of a minor league team is to find creative ways to sell tickets, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs may have knocked it out of the park. The team’s stadium, Coca-Cola Park, is set to become the first sports venue in the world to feature the revolutionary “Urinal Gaming System.”

What does that mean? Basically, it’s a video game that is controlled by your urine. It’s hands free (thank goodness) and allows you to steer through a map or some other interactive platform while controlling movement by aiming into a pair of holes inside the urinal. According to MiLB.com, the systems will be featured in all men’s restrooms across the park this season.

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Memphis Redbirds to Wear Organ-Themed Jerseys for Organ Donor Night

If there’s one thing minor league baseball teams are good for (aside from developing prospects), it’s cool promotions. A few weeks ago we showed you the Harry Potter-themed jerseys worn by the Fresno Grizzlies. Now we have something that may have topped it. From Big League Stew comes news of the Memphis Redbirds who plan on wearing organ-themed jerseys for Organ Donor Night August 13th. Check these bad boys out:

I’m sure it feels like you’re looking at the box cover for Operation, but rest assured that is very real. As previously mentioned, this is intended to raise awareness for organ donation. And if you want to read the best possible story about organ donation, read this. This is definitely a cause we can support, and easily one of the coolest (albeit odd) jerseys we’ve seen.

Fresno Grizzlies Wear Harry Potter Jerseys

One of the best parts of Minor League Baseball games are the cool promotions teams hold. We saw one team give away Anthony Weiner boxers for a game. Another minor league team held a Jim Tressel rest the vest night. But one of the most distinguished promotions was the Fresno Grizzlies wearing these Harry Potter jerseys on Saturday night:

Not only was it Harry Potter night for the Grizzlies, but they also gave away Buster Posey bobbleheads to fans. Making the night even more special was the Triple-A squad gained a 4-3 walk-off win. Best of all, the jerseys will be available in auctions according to the Fresno Bee, so fear not, Harry Potter fans.

The best part of all was after the baseball game ended, they broke out an impromptu game of quidditch.

OK, that didn’t really happen, but it would have been awesome if it did.

Picture Credits: Fresno Grizzlies, Find the Swagger
Story Credit: Darren Rovell

Vancouver Canadians Film Awesome Major League Spoof Commercial (Video)

We’re huge fans of Major League, which is easily one of the best sports movies ever made. Apparently so are the Vancouver Canadians, a minor league affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. They filmed this sweet Major League-style commercial to help sell tickets. Check it out:

OK, so some of the lines were a bit awkward, but that’s still a winner in my book. The gold standard for team ticket sales commercials remains Samuel L. Jackson’s “Rise Up” video for the Falcons, but that was still strong. And by strong, I mean if I lived in Vancouver I would totally check em out. Maybe Vancouver resident Chad from IntheOT.com will pay them a visit on our behalf.

Head nod to Jimmy Traina’s Hot Clicks for the video

Fort Myers Miracle to Host Jim Tressel ‘Rest the Vest’ Night

At one time associated with unrivaled success and a five-star football school, the name Jim Tressel will now likely become permanently attached to what turned out to be a dirty program.  You could certainly argue that most of what Tressel and his players were caught doing is commonplace across NCAA Division 1 athletics, but with the help of Sports Illustrated Tressel and company have become the microcosm for rule-breaking.

While there is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding who will be the next coach at The Ohio State University, we know one thing for certain: he won’t be rocking a sweater vest.  For that reason, the Twins’ minor league affiliate Fort Myers Miracle has decided to host a “Rest the Vest” night to acknowledge Ohio State fans and the disappointment they have been dealing with.

The Miracle — the same team who brought us bullpen hazing via the Justin Bieber backpack — is encouraging fans to bring their sweater vests to Hammond Stadium on Monday, June 6 and place them in a retirement bin near the front gate.  Those fans who participate will be given the opportunity to test drive a sports car from Classic Cars of Florida.

Promotions are always a good way for minor league clubs to draw a crowd, but this seems like a bit of a stretch to me.  For one thing, they’re in Florida and closer to Gator country.  I understand there are Ohio State fans all over the country, but I’m skeptical many of them would go to a minor league game for a chance to test drive a sports car.  More importantly, sweater vests aren’t cheap.  With the exception of an actual Ohio State sweater vest, why would you just give a nice piece of clothing away because Tressel happened to wear one?  I certainly wouldn’t, but I guess you can’t blame the Miracle for trying.

Chest bump to Darren Rovell on Twitter for the story.