If you didn’t even know Akron still had a minor league baseball team—well, they do. They got uniforms and everything. It’s really great.
Akron is home of the RubberDucks, the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. For much of the season, the RubberDucks featured the Indians’ top two minor league prospects, Bradley Zimmer and Clint Frazier. The Tribe promoted both of them to the Triple-A club in Columbus in late July, but shortly after this promotion, the Indians traded Frazier to the Yankees as part of the package to acquire stud reliever Andrew Miller.
Though they no longer have the organization’s two hottest prospects, the RubberDucks still find ways to get fans through the turnstiles of Canal Park thanks to the inventive promotions team that earned recognition from Baseball America earlier this year. Though they already have quite the reputation, two of the RubberDucks’ best promotions yet are slated for the end of this month.
Cult Movie Classics Night // MacGruber // Tuesday, Aug. 23
It will be interesting to see how the RubberDucks honor MacGruber considering that the organization promotes itself as “affordable family fun” and the R-rated film is about as raunchy as it gets. If the promotional schedule, which features a quote from the movie about taking an “upper decker,” is any indication, it appears they are ready to walk the fine line between paying tribute to the movie’s absurd gross-out comedy while keeping things watered down enough to be appropriate for families.
Give Away // Miss Lippy Bobblehead // Saturday, Aug. 27
In honor of Education Day here’s the first look at our Miss.Lippy bobblehead that will be available at the 8/27 game pic.twitter.com/iFGb2Nzzxh
— Akron RubberDucks (@AkronRubberDuck) May 10, 2016
This will not be the first time the RubberDucks have featured such a promotion this season. They previously held a giveaway where fans received bobblehead dolls of Shooter McGavin from Happy Gilmore and had the chance to meet Christopher McDonald, the actor who played Happy Gilmore’s nemesis.