PRESS RELEASE – The Gastonia Grizzlies baseball team announced today the formal offering of a job to Regis Philbin (pictured left, courtesy of “Live with Regis and Kelly”), the host of “Live with Regis and Kelly.” The position would be as the on-field emcee for all Grizzlies games during the 2011 season.
Philbin announced on Tuesday that he would be leaving “Live with Regis and Kelly” and tentatively has no plans for the summer. The Grizzlies have sent a contract to Philbin which would include a monthly stipend of $500, free concessions for the summer and an opportunity for a host family.
Philbin would be involved in all on-field promotions including the popular “Pie Trivia” “Dunk Tank Madness” and “Dancing Grizzlies.” Other responsibilities would include greeting fans, finding contestants for promotions, working souvenir stand, singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and possibly filling in for a National Anthem or two.
“Regis is a perfect fit for our team,” said Grizzlies Managing Partner Jesse Cole. “He is a non-stop entertainer and would help carry on our tradition of the Best Show in Town. We feel Regis is a perfect complement to our PA Announcer Brian Rushing. The two of them should have a lot of fun together. Brian already does a great Regis Impersonation.”
When asked if he was worried about his age, Cole stated “While we will monitor Regis’ health throughout the summer, we feel he still has a bounce to his step and can help grow the excitement at Grizzlies games.”
The Grizzlies have given Philbin a deadline of February 1st to accept the offer.
Cole said, “We would be surprised if Philbin turned us down, we feel this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, where he should not need a lifeline to help him decide.”
The Grizzlies open their season at home on May 31st against the Columbia Blowfish.
The Gastonia Grizzlies are a member of the Coastal Plain League, the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 15th season, the Coastal Plain League features 15 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. Furthermore, the CPL has had over 800 alumni drafted and 39 alums make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at http://www.coastalplain.com.