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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.


Have any ideas, or feedback on a recent promotion, share it with us at tlsports@timesleader.com.


BEST OF THE WEEK: With their early-season brush fire issues, it was perhaps poetic justice that there were fireworks on Boy Scout Night on Friday. There’s never any worries worries when the scouts are in the house. After all, their motto is “Be prepared.”


MISSED OPPORTUNITY: So the RailRiders had a BBQ Grill Set Giveaway on Saturday … against the Bulls … and didn’t give away anything to use the grill set on? For shame.


How about one lucky fan getting a side of beef? Against the Bulls? It could be wheeled out onto the field between innings, maybe even in front of the Bulls dugout.


Being a team based in the South, Durham management surely would appreciate a good meat giveaway. Plenty of local games, from Little League through the minors, have ham raffles and turkey giveaways below the Mason-Dixon Line.


And president Crane should know the value of meats, as his previous gig was in Omaha — think steaks!


And it was also Star Wars Night. You could have had players on the big board reliving famous scenes from the classic movie :


“These are not the hot dogs you are looking for.”


“You can’t win, Darth. Strike me down, and I will become more powerful than you could possibly imagine. But grill these chops and you’ll have a wonderful meal.”


“Luke, you can destroy the Emperor. He has foreseen this. It is your destiny. Join me, and together we can flip some burgers as father and son.”


COMING UP: Today is Veterans Recognition Day. The first 5,000 fans will enjoy the Mini American Flag Giveaway. It’s also Family FUNday, as well as the last chance to see the RailRiders until June 4. The Riders will play 10 of their next 12 away from PNC Field.


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