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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

The RubberDucks will celebrate the 2010 film MacGruber, the feature-length film based on the MacGyver parody that originally appeared on Saturday Night Live. Starring Will Forte of Fox’s The Last Man on Earth, the movie is a true cult classic, but is a surprising selection for Cult Movie Classics Night, a regular promotion at RubberDucks games that previously celebrated films such as Fletch and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

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

A few nights after they pay tribute to MacGruber, the RubberDucks are back at it again when they give out bobbleheads of Miss Lippy from Billy Madison to the first 1,000 fans. In addition to receiving a bobblehead of Billy Madison’s first grade teacher, you can also meet Dina Platias, the quacktastic actress who played Miss Lippy, and ask her if her car is green.

 

 

 

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.

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