Minor League Baseball is known for its wacky promotions to lure fans to the ballparks. Next week, the Missoula Paddleheads will have one that includes a certain alcoholic beverage.
The Missoula Paddleheads of the “independent” Pioneer League (you know, one of those leagues that that were cut by MLB to save the greedy MLB owners $700,000 per year) will have a “Free” Beer night on May 28.
Free is a rather relative word in this case. In order to get this “free” beer, one has to purchase a T-shirt that says “I love free beer.”
And the Paddleheads have built in a security measure. The promotion lasts as long as the opponent, the Idaho Falls Chukars, doesn’t score a run. With some luck, Missoula’s pitching staff will pitch a shutout. When you have bad luck, the Chukars will hit a leadoff home run in the first inning.
In case of the latter example, this promotion may sound like a rip off. But the T-shirt will also be valid on a second Free beer night, on Saturday August 21, when the Great Falls Voyagers will be the opponent.
Let’s hope that those who buy the T-shirt will be responsible and walk home or take a taxi.