Minor League baseball teams very often have to resort to outlandish promotions to get people in the seats. Sometimes these promotions can be very out there and have you rolling your eyes and others are just pure comedy gold. The Cubs minor league team, The Peoria Chiefs , have struck on the comedic gold with their newest promotion, much to the detriment of basketball icon LeBron James.
The Chiefs, having originally planned a celebration of Champions honoring the 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1998 Chicago Bulls, have decided to expand their special day to include LeBron James. The catch, or hook, of this is that they are giving away a LeBron James 2011 NBA Championship Replica Ring to all fans who attend Thursday's game.
Here is a copy of their press release promoting the event.
Peoria, IL-The Peoria Chiefs have added a LeBron James 2011 NBA Championship Replica Ring Giveaway to all fans on Thursday June 16 to enhance the Salute to the 1990s Chicago Bulls Championship Teams Night. The replica ring, which like LeBron's is non-existent, will be handed out to all fans through the gates prior to the 7:00 p.m. game against Wisconsin.
Throughout the night the Chiefs will be celebrating a true champion, the 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1998 Chicago Bulls. Despite having the greatest player of all time, the most decorated coach in NBA history and two other Hall of Famers, the Bulls always played, and won as a team. There will be video clips of the Bulls titles along with audio highlights and trivia while the team will take the field to "Sirius" by the Alan Parsons Project.
In addition to the LeBron replica ring, the Chiefs are looking into whether or not the game can skip the fourth inning to honor King James who took off the fourth quarter of every finals game.
"We aren't sure if the league will allow it," said team President Rocky Vonachen. "But if LeBron doesn't need to show up for the fourth, maybe we won't either."
One lucky fan will win a replica of James' 2011 Finals MVP Award which he earned with his clutch fourth quarter play. Fans will also have the opportunity to learn how to perform the Heimlich to prevent themselves or their colleagues from choking in a big situation.
"Really this is just us getting back to the real world and waking up today and trying to solve our own personal problems," said Vice President of Ticket Sales Eric Obalil.
I don't know about you but I have to applaud the ingenuity behind this event. It's a well thought of rip on a man many have proclaimed to be the next Michael Jordan. It's also a not-so-subtle jab at the simple fact that being a champion, and eclipsing Jordan, means you have to win a single ring at least.
Well done, little-Cubbies.
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