LAST YEAR MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL teams held events that celebrated everyone from Johnny Football to Jerry Seinfeld. As the schedules for 2015 promotions start rolling out, it's clear that these quests to grab attention can cross into the surreal. Check out the descriptions below and try to separate the actual promotions from the fake.
1 Back to the Future Night
To celebrate the movie's 30th anniversary, the team will wear jerseys made to look like Marty McFly's vest-and-jean-jacket ensemble while fans enjoy '80s-themed decor, contests and music. A DeLorean will be on display, and anyone born in 1955 or 1985 (the years in which the movie is set) will get in free.
2 Mad Men Night
February 23, 2015
As the AMC show kicks off its final season, the team will wear throwback jerseys and give discounts to men who show up in suits and slicked-back hair and women in dresses and white gloves. Vendors will hawk candy cigarettes, drinks will be served in plastic tumblers and there will be an ad slogan contest.
3 Brian Williams Pants-on-Fire Night
To roast the fallen NBC anchor, during the game a fan named Brian Williams will read tall tales, a pair of pants will be burned and between-innings contests will include To Tell the Truth and Two Truths and a Lie. Anyone in attendance named Brian Williams will have a chance to throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
4 Deflategate Night
In an homage to the Patriots, the first 1,200 fans will receive inflatable baseballs, with 11 of every 12 getting one that's deflated. There will be discounts on meatball sandwiches and roasted nuts, and there will be deflated hot-air balloon rides at the park. Music will include "Great Balls of Fire" and "Wrecking Ball."
5 Alice in Wonderland Night
For the kiddie lit classic's 150th anniversary the team will give a cartoon version of the book to anyone not arriving late, host a tea party during the seventh-inning stretch and invite winners of a Mad Hat contest to play croquet on the field with the Queen of Hearts and the Cheshire Cat.
6 Saved by the Bell Night
The team will honor the '80s Saturday-morning cult classic with themed jerseys, a pregame "sprain" dance, an oldest cellphone contest and a Screech chess tournament. Anyone named Johnny Dakota will be banned from the ballpark, and fans with perms or stonewashed jeans can run the bases after the game.
Key: 1. Real (Gary RailCats); 2. Fake; 3. Real (Akron RubberDucks); 4. Real (Myrtle Beach Pelicans); 5. Fake; 6. Real (Brooklyn Cyclones)
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins released security camera images that showed someone urinating on his house.