Barack, Bellies and Baseball

An article by posted on June 23, 2009

For one night this summer, the Brooklyn Cyclones will be transformed into the Baracklyn Cyclones, honoring the 44th President of the United States with a night of patriotic partying at the ballpark.

The landmark game will take place on Tuesday, June 23rd – the “Inaugural Tuesday” of the 2009 New York-Penn League season – and will feature, among other highlights:

  • Alternate red, white, and blue jerseys adorned with the team’s new name.
  • FREE Barack Obama bobbleheads to the first 2,500 fans in attendance.
  • Universal Health Care: Free Band-Aids to the first 1,000 fans.
  • Naming Rights: Anyone named Barack gets in for free.
  • Joe the Plumber special: any plumber named Joe gets two free tickets – one for himself, and one to “spread the wealth” with a friend.
  • A clear-cut Exit Strategy: fans will receive American Flags and discount coupons as they leave the ballpark.

In addition, the Cyclones will hold four seats directly behind home plate, Row A, Seats 1-4, for the new First Family, should they decide to attend the festivities.

“Barack Obama has energized and captivated the entire country, and we are proud to support our new president as America enters a new era in its history,” said Cyclones General Manager Steve Cohen. “The similarities between his name and our home borough opened up avenues for the Cyclones to incorporate that support in interesting and humorous ways.” Cohen further explained that “the President-elect’s message is one of change. In an effort to pay homage to that idea, we’re changing our prices, our policies, and the name of our team – for one day, at least.”

Game-worn jerseys from the one-of-a-kind night will be auctioned off throughout the game, with proceeds being donated to the Jackie Robinson Foundation, which provides comprehensive scholarships and support services to minority students enrolled at institutions of higher education.

I think this is hilarious!

The Cyclones may have the two zaniest promo days I’ve ever heard of. On July 19th,¬†they will celebrate “Baseball and Bellies” a salute to pregnancy. Some of the events that day will include:

  • Barefoot & Pregnant: Expectant moms can run or walk the bases with no shoes on before the game.
  • Craving Station: A table on the Concourse level will offer pickles, ice cream, anchovy pizza, etc.¬†
  • Water Break: Two expectant fathers will try to complete a race with water balloons attached to their bodies. The winner is the one who lasts the longest or finishes the race without his water breaking
  • 7th Inning Stretch Marks: Pregnant women will be allowed onto the field in the 7th inning to sing Take Me Out to the Ballgame
  • Special Delivery: Any woman who gives birth at the ballpark before the end of the game gets free Cyclones Season Tickets for life for each member of her new family.
  • For more info or tickets go here.

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