City Paper is not for tourists
The never-static Bowie Baysox have just announced their latest promo: Scott Van Pelt Bobblehead Night on July 26. Two things about the announcement stand out:
1)Scott Van Pelt?
B)The announcement lacks the stern warnings from management that, as you all certainly recall, crippled Matt Wieters Collectible Figurine Night a few weeks ago.
To refresh the few of you who were under a rock at the height of what bobblehead historians will no doubt someday refer to as MattWietersCollectibleFigurineNightGate:
Heading into the Wieters promotion, Baysox management had feared that doll hoarders would flood the stadium and ruin everything as they had on Lindsay Czarniak and Pat Sajak bobblehead nights. So they put in a special rule to ban the greedy: “There will be a ‘No Exit and Re-Entry’ policy in effect from 6:00 – 7:00 pm or until all giveaways have been distributed. Fans will not be able to exit the stadium during this time period.”
But, either because of the paternalism or because nobody gives a rip about Wieters, when the giveaway night came, the doll freaks stayed home. The team didn’t even give away its alotted 1,000 bobbleheads.
So, for the big night for Van Pelt, a local product now on ESPN, the Baysox are simply telling folks “one per person” and hoping that’s enough. Is Van Pelt’s Q rating that far below Wieters’?
I, and I’m sure Van Pelt is with me here, hope that the greedy hoarders return to Bowie in Czarniak-like numbers and attack the doll giveaway stations like they’re giving away rice to Third Worlders.
If only for bobblehead freaks, I like heavy-handedness!
Release after the jump.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (7/06):
Scott Van Pelt Bobbles Into Bowie
BOWIE, Md. – The Bowie Baysox are excited to announce Scott Van Pelt Night Sunday, July 26, as the team hosts the Reading Phillies at 6:05 p.m. The “SportsCenter”anchor will toss out a ceremonial first pitch, meet fans and sign autographs before the game. The first 1,000 fans ages six and up will receive a Scott Van Pelt bobble head doll, presented by Madison Interiors, limit one per person,.
Van Pelt is honored by the bobbling rendition of himself. “This represents the high water mark of life. Not of my career…..of my life,” Van Pelt said. “This is great, hysterical in all honesty. I can’t wait to come down to Bowie and see it.”
The Brookville, Md., native attended the University of Maryland and began his broadcasting career with WTTG-TV in Washington D.C. in 1990. He joined ESPN in spring 2001 as the network’s lead professional golf reporter. He has since become a “SportCenter”anchor, primarily hosting the 11 p.m. ET edition while remaining the lead reporter and host of the network’s coverage of golf’s grand slam events.
The Baysox 17th season as the class AA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles is underway! Check out www.baysox.com to see all that’s going on at the stadium this year, and don’t miss a moment of the action as the Baysox attempt to bring home their first Eastern League championship. Individual game tickets and ticket packages are available now at www.baysox.com or by calling the Baysox box office at (301) 464-4865.