Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Now This Is a Schedule Filled With Promotions!!!

Here's an entry that includes several topics discussed in recent Shedd's Spot posts: West Virginia, minor league baseball, the Dancing Outlaw and Barbie.

The West Va. Power, a member of the Class A South Atlantic League, recently announced it's 2009 game promotion schedule. You'll remember, that in this prior post, I mentioned the Power was conducting an online poll to determine which West Va. celebrity fans would most like to see on a bobblehead doll. The results are in and the Power decided to put several celebrities, including some non-West Virgnians, on bobbleheads throughout the season. The list of bobbleheads to be given to fans includes former WVU football players Pat White and Owen Schmitt, the Exalted Cylops himself, Senator Robert Byrd, President Obama and Jesco White, the Dancing Outlaw. Supposedly, the Jesco White bobblehaed won't actually be a bobblehead. It will have bobbling feet instead in order to mimic Jesco's dancing. Also supposedly both Whites, Pat and Jesco, have agreed to appear at Appalachian Power Park on the night of their bobblehead giveaways.

Also on the schedule are appearances by the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders, Mr. T and Mr. Belding from Saved By The Bell. (I wonder if Mr. Belding will be bringing any special pictures he may have taken during the days Saved By The Bell was in production?) A Barbie night is also in the works to play off the recent publicity the state has received due to a member of the state legislature seeking to outlaw the sale of Barbie dolls in the state. (See this prior post.)

One final note on the West Virignia Power. This year, the Power will be a minor league affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. To commemorate the glory days of the Charleston Charlies, a Class AAA Pirates affiliate in the 1970s, the Power introduced an alternative logo. The logo combines the Charlies derby wearing baseball with the Pirates swashbuckling look. Of course, in today's age of political correctness, the original Charlie cigar was left off the logo. A picture of the new logo on a baseball is shown above.

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