Welcome to our weekly feature honoring the work put in by team president Rob Crain, who has given us back our baseball … with a side order of entertainment. We will look at what we thought was the best promotion of the week (through Friday), what’s ahead, and some ideas of ours (they probably wouldn’t work anyway; we don’t know the Triple-A game the way he does). And, hey, if you have an idea, share it with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BEST OF THE WEEK: Bringing in Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson earns an “A” on the first report card. Everybody loves Reggie, even non-Yankees fans. If you’re going to go big for Opening Day, it’s hard to go much bigger than Mr. October. Seeing him at PNC Field was surely a unique treat.
MISSED OPPORTUNITY: Fans loved having Reggie at the stadium, but imagine bringing in Burt Hooton to have Jackson deliver a little Mr. October magic — we’re betting that sweet swing can still clear the fences. Or just have Reggie take batting practice for 10 minutes in front of the full house. He’s known as a hitter extraordinare, having belted many memorable shots among his 563 home runs.
If nothing else, he should have at least picked up second base, grabbed a ball hidden there and declared to the crowd, “I must throw the first pitch.” (We’re pretty sure it’s tough to line up the queen for an appearance).
COMING UP: Wednesday against Rochester is Kids Eat FREE and Tribute to Dance Night. There’s plenty of choices this week, but kids and dancing should be an exceptional mix.