Tagged: Connecticut Defenders

Giddy Up, Giddy Up, For '09

turn.jpgAs you may or may not be aware, the inexorable passage of time has resulted in the fact that we are now living within the realm of a new calendar year: 2009!

I, once again, find myself either unable or unwilling to make an earnest bid for literary immortality. But I have to do something to pass the time and pay the bills, so I may as well engage in a task that serves the betterment of mankind. Therefore, I am pleased to announce that I have updated my links section. There have been a few additions and many subtractions, as I work toward the ultimate goal of providing the most well-curated Minor League link list ever known to man.

I must credit Joey over at “The Consumption Of…” blog for motivating me to undertake this most recent round of link list updates. For it was he who asked me, in the comments section of a recent post, what were some of my Minor League team blogs.

My answer, in good old alphabetical order:

BlueClaws BlogA recently revitalized destination, offering behind-the-scenes insight intoblogssss.gif anything related to the BlueClaws.   

The Brooklyn Baseball BlogAll sorts of inside tidbits on life in the Cycones front office, written in a light-hearted and humorous style.

Greg’s Connecticut Defenders BlogUpdated regularly throughout the offseason, and chock full of exclusive pictures.  

Notes From the Nat (Vancouver Canadians fan blog) — Surprisingly thorough and wide-ranging coverage from a short-season superfan.

Rattler Radio (Wisconsin Timber Rattlers) — As someone who has engaged in my own half-insane blogging adventures, I greatly enjoy announcer Chris Mehring’s wide-ranging, highly-detailed, and humor-laced posts.

Travelerocity (Arkansas Travelers fan blog) — No other Minor League blog I’ve come across enjoys a greater level of user interaction than does “Travelerocity.”

Of course, please get in touch (by email or the comments section) with YOUR favorite blogs. If I’m missing anything, please let me know. And, as always, thanks for reading.


Get Rich Or Spend Nine Innings Tryin'

money.jpegTimes are tight these days, and we could all use a little extra cash. But acquiring extra cash usually requires extra work, and that’s no fun at all. Why not just head to your local Minor League stadium in order to obtain the riches you so desire? This is a much better path to potential financial salvation.

Last month, the Lake County Captains instituted their “Big Win Wednesday” promotion. Here’s how it works:

“The Captains will give away $1,000 in cash and prizes at every Wednesday night
home game


for the remainder of the season. The prizes include one (1) $500
winner, one (1) $100 winner, ten (10) $10 gas card winners, and twenty (20) $5
Captains gift card winners.

Starting Wednesday, June 25th, the first
1,000 fans through the turnstiles will receive an envelope containing anything
from a dime to a certificate for $500 cash.”

(Thanks to Lake County Promotions Manager Jonathan Levey for the info).

A similar promotion is being staged by the Connecticut Defenders on Friday, July 11th. Defenders Director of Sales Johnny Gill writes:

ConnecticutDefenders.jpg“The 1st 1000 adults get $1 and a raffle ticket, and those numbers
will be drawn throughout the night for cash prizes of $5, $25, $50, $100 and $500.”

And speaking of the aforementioned Johnny Gill, I received an email earlier this afternoon touting the fact that he recently worked his 300th consecutive game as the Defenders’ on-field MC. This email was signed “Proud Staff”, despite the fact that it came from Gill’s email account.

I would like to encourage this practice in the future. If any Minor League front office members would like to tout their accomplishments while half-heartedly pretending to be someone else, then don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Making Up Promos on the Fly

DefendersTrademark.jpgI received the following email a few days ago, and it illustrates the fact that while some Minor League promos are the result of offseason brainstorming sessions, others are formulated on the spot:

Connecticut Defenders put a positive spin on a bad situation on Thursday. The stadium lights didn’t go on, and caused a 42-minute delay, so onfield MC
Johnny Gill came up with the idea of ‘Guaranteed Lights Work Night.” Everyone
who attended Thursday’s game just needed to show their stub in order to receive a ticket to
Friday Night’s game vs Reading, which was followed by a fireworks show…..Brilliant!

This mysterious dispatch was simply signed “Defenders”, leading me to believe that it was sent by a disparate group of Marvel Comics superheroes.

Regardless, it illustrates the fact that those who work in the Minor Leagues must have the ability to think on their feet. There are endless logistical details involved with the task of presenting a professional baseball game, and things often don’t go as planned.

In fact, if anyone else has a “Tale from the Minor League Frontlines”, send it along (milbbusiness@yahoo.com) and I’ll post it for the world to see.    

In Threes

done eatin'.gifI just cannot resist the impulse to list a triumvirate of noteworthy Minor League news items:

The Florida State League’s Dunedin Blue Jays are doing their part to make sure that area Little League teams get to experience a true professional baseball atmosphere, thanks to their “Jays on the Road” program. From the press release:

“The Dunedin staff will be armed with a high-tech sound system,
microphones, and in-game promotions that are done nightly at Knology
Park. The Jays plan to turn the average little league game into a fun
and exciting professional baseball game!”

“Jays on the Road”, which may or may not have been inspired by this recent stunt, kicks off tonight, and will continue throughout the season.

A Close Shave — Last week, Huntsville Stars General Manager Buck Rogers announced thatshavedhead.jpg if attendance at Friday’s game surpassed 5,000, he would let a lucky (?) fan shave his head at the conclusion of the contest. The night’s attendance turned out to be (drumroll, please) 4,812. Come on Huntsville — if the chance to see a front office executive get a haircut won’t bring you out to the ballpark, then what will?

Dodd Stadium Goes Under the Radar — Last week, the Connecticut Defenders debuted the “General Dynamic Electric Boat Submarine”. This underwater military apparatus/t-shirt cannon will patrol the field at Dodd Stadium every home game, piloted by an honorary t-shirt shooting captain. Of course, the submarine is missing just one thing — another drumroll, please — a name! The sub’s official christening is scheduled to take place on May 9. Until then, the Defenders are running a “Name the Sub” contest at Dodd Stadium.

Promo Of the Day — At the risk of being redundant, I’m going with the Altoona Curve yet again. Tonight is “Salute to Forgotten Presidents”. From the press release (spoiler alert!):

polk.jpg“Fans coming to Blair County Ballpark will be privy to information that nine U.S. Presidents did
not attend college (you’d be shocked at the list of names).  Also being revealed
this evening will be the factoid that James Buchanan was the only
President to originally hail from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the only
unmarried man to occupy the White House.  In addition, the most portly of all
U.S Presidents, and the first to throw out a ceremonial first pitch prior to a
baseball game, William Taft, will make a special appearance during one of
the between-inning contests during the game.”

Additionally, any fan who shares a last name of a U.S. President will get into the ballpark at half-price. It is worth noting that just one player in tonight’s game between the Curve and the Akron Aeros has a presidential last name: Altoona infielder Shelby Ford