Huskies and Cougars Get Rainier Love

Tacoma Rainiers R LogoThe Tacoma Rainiers (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League) will recognize the University of Washington Huskies and Washington State University Cougars this weekend with Paint the Park Purple Friday and Color Cheney Crimson on Saturday.  The celebrations will include the team donning college-themed jerseys.

Tacoma Rainiers UW and WSU Nights

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Spinners New Owner Brings Swinging Pirate Ship to LeLacheur Park

Lowell Spinners LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Lowell Spinners, short season affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, have unveiled the first new attraction of the Dave Heller era at LeLacheur Park. The Gator Gondola is officially open to the public. The ride will debut on Thursday, July 28th, as the team kicks off a three-game home stand with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm. Continue reading

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Finalists Revealed for Osceola County’s ‘Name the Team’ Contest

Florida State League LogoSix “Name the Team” finalists have been chosen for the relocating Brevard County Manatees (Single-A, Florida State League), which will make Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee (FL) home starting next season.  Fans have until 11:59pm EST on Wednesday, August 18th, to select one of the following names: Florida Dragonflies, Florida Fire Frogs, Florida Mud Kickers, Florida Rodeo Clowns, Florida Sorcerers, Florida Toucans.  Read more about the names and vote here.

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Star Wars Nights Across the Minor League Baseball Universe

Star WarsEvery team out there seems to be holding Star Wars Night, so it has become a bit of a yawner when it comes to uniqueness, but the Brooklyn Cyclones (Single-A, New-York Penn League) have taken things to a different dimension:

“Imitation lightsabers, cosplay robes, hot dogs, and the chicken dance were all folded into a deeply bizarre spectacle as the Cyclones chose to eschew the original film scripts and instead tell a story that runs afoul of Star Wars canon.”  Read more and watch videos here.

Here are just a few teams hosting upcoming Star Wars celebrations:  New Jersey Jackals, Sussex County Miners, and Rockland Boulders (Independent, Can-Am League), and Brevard County Manatees (Single-A, Florida State League).

The Buffalo Bisons (Triple-A, International League) went full force with massive lightsaber giveaway: http://www.scout.com/embed/video/1689036

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History of Beer and Baseball

Beer SteinThe game of baseball is steeped in nostalgia. Every crack of a bat on a ball evokes memories of sluggers from the past like Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Lou Gehrig.  The cheers of the crowd mingles with the smell of popcorn and hotdogs.  Perhaps the most important part of the experience are the vendors shouting, “Getcher cold beer here!”  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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Fired Ballpark Developer Sues Goats Too

Hartford Yard Goats LogoThe fired developers of Dunkin’ Donuts Park in Hartford (CT) are suing the owner of the team that is someday expected to play its home games there, alleging interference with contractual relationships and violation of state unfair trade practices.  Read more here.

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Grizzlies/Tacos Prepare for ‘Taco Truck Throwdown 6’ with New Themed Unis

Fresno Grizzlies LogoThe Fresno Grizzlies (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League) are set to return as the Fresno Tacos with new uniforms for Taco Truck Throwdown 6 on August 18.  The specially themed duds feature a zarape pattern on the hat bill and sides of the jerseys.  See uniform photos here and here.

Fresno Grizzlies Taco Unis

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