PRESS RELEASE – In a stunning move right before the National Signing Day deadline, Ickey Woods has committed to the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Class-A/Tampa Bay Rays) and their promotional calendar for a potentially record-setting event on Saturday, August 15. Joining Woods as last-minute commitments are Bucket Ruckus and Xpogo, forming the Reinhart Foodservices Trio and vaulting the Hot Rods’ recruiting class to the top of the charts. The letters of intent were faxed moments apart, setting off a series of “Ickey Shuffles” in downtown Bowling Green.
“The Ickey Shuffle remains one of the best touchdown celebrations of all time, and now it’s immortalized in commercials,” said Hot Rods Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Adam Nuse. “Ickey Woods continues to captivate fans with his engaging personality and dance moves. Equally as entertaining, Bucket Ruckus and Xpogo will bring a new element of fun that Bowling Green Ballpark has never seen before.”
Woods will sign autographs, mingle with fans, and showcase his signature celebration on Saturday, August 15. His appearance will be joined by specials on cold cuts, and Woods will lead Bowling Green Ballpark in an attempt to break the record for the most “Ickey Shuffles” done simultaneously in one location. Woods starred for the Cincinnati Bengals in the late 1980’s and early 90’s, and in 1988, he finished second in the National Football League with 15 rushing touchdowns. He helped lead the Bengals to Super Bowl XXIII. Woods will be out at the ballpark for a great cause too, as he’ll raise money and awareness for the Jovante Woods Foundation, named after his late son.
This stellar haul on signing day would not be complete without two other five-star prospects. The Xpogo Stunt Team will entertain fans on Opening Night, which is set for Saturday, April 18. Another member of the Reinhart Foodservice Trio, Bucket Ruckus will bring their musical talents to Bowling Green Ballpark on Saturday, May 16. These three are just a part of the 2015 Hot Rods promotional calendar, which will be released later this month.
Hot Rods fans will get their first look at the 2015 club on Tuesday, April 7. The WKU baseball team will square off against the Hot Rods in a nine-inning contest using Minor League Baseball rules. Bowling Green will then begin Midwest League play on Thursday, April 9 on the road. Shortly after, Xpogo will entertain fans on Opening Night presented by Reinhart Foodservice, which is slated for Saturday, April 18. Season-ticket packages are available now, and they’re loaded with savings and benefits. For more information, visit BGHotRods.com, call 270-901-2121, or stop by the Bowling Green Ballpark office.