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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.

BEST OF THE WEEK: Five games at home in three days gave the RailRiders plenty of opportunity to give the fans some extras, and they did.

We already told you about the exciting Bat Giveaway and Cowboy Monkey Rodeo split doubleheader Saturday. By being a split doubleheader, those folks with fears of monkeys could bring their kids to get a bat during the day. Monkeys with fears of large wooden clubs could perform at night without fear of the bats.

Cowboy Monkey Rodeo is the 21st century San Diego Chicken, so we hope everyone went out and enjoyed the show. And if you missed it, hopefully your child was able to acquire a nice wood bat during the day game at the stadium.

MISSED OPPORTUNITY: The Tides were in as summer began and yet there were no beach days? C’mon now! We’re looking for puns and fun.

That’s OK, though, because the team had its youth baseball camp last week and it surprised the youngsters with an appearance by Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson.

It’s notable that Mr. October came to town — again — as the organization hasn’t always felt like part of the Yankees family. A number of youngsters and their excited parents took to social media to declare their joy over the experience, and that’s what having a minor-league organization in the area is all about.

COMING UP: This week, the thrill … and the RailRiders … will be gone. The RailRiders are home today against Norfolk for Family FUNday, which includes autographs before the game and kids run the bases after. Then the Riders are on the road until July 4, when they host Buffalo.

Needless to say, a fireworks show will follow the Independence Day game against the Bisons. But then it’s USA! USA! USA! Fireworks shows will also be featured after the Friday, July 5 game against Buffalo and the Saturday, July 6 game against Lehigh Valley.

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