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.
BEST OF THE WEEK: It was another slow week for the RailRiders, who only had three games at PNC Field in two days and the day that consisted of the doubleheader was an overcast night. But you can never go wrong with Family FUNDay at PNC Field, which is held every Sunday.
There’s no better way to get the kids exhausted by letting them run around the bases after a RailRiders game.
MISSED OPPORTUNITY: The RailRiders have an extraordinary record during doubleheaders, 10-2 in fact and have at least five more remaining on the schedule. With the help of Mother Nature or the president and general manager, maybe there will be more.
During twinbills, a fourth-inning stretch is held during the seven-inning game. So how about a fourth-inning stretch during all home games to make the team feel like its playing two that day. Let’s have the players change jerseys at that point in the game as well to give it the same feeling. A special promotion on another day could also be set aside as double your pleasure day at the ballpark. There’s already dollar hot dog night (Mondays) and dollar beer and soda night (Thirsty Thursdays) so why not a night where those items and some others are buy one, get one. Double-vision eye glasses could be the giveaway on a certain night.
COMING UP: This week, doubleheaders are already taken care of with a pair of twinbills on the slate at PNC Field. There’s two seven-inning contests on Monday and a day-night doubleheader on Saturday.
There’s also a slew of top promotions going on this week with a night for the girls on Friday featuring Storybook Princess night, girl scout night and the girl scout sleepover. During Saturday’s doubleheader, perhaps the best promotion in all of the minors will invade PNC Field with the Cowboy Monkey Rodeo. It’s an act of a monkey riding a dog that you have to see to believe.
All the usual staples are back as well with Monday, $1 hot dogs; 2 for 1 Tuesday and fireworks on Friday.