Thursday, October 7, 2010

Vacation Part 2

One of the best things about summer is that baseball is in season, and with so many options available to us here in New England, it makes it easier to distract your self from a difficult 2010 Red Sox season. This summer while the Red Sox were sitting in third place, and Theo Epstein was sitting on his hands at the trade deadline, I went to see the Lowell Spinners. The Spinners did not have a good year on the field, but they certainly know how to entertain an audience. For starters, Lelacheur Park is a fantastic facility on the banks of the Merrimack River near the Aiken Street Bridge.

I happened to attend a game where the Spinners were celebrating the 50th anniversary of bubble wrap. Let's face it, we're all fascinated by bubble wrap, and the Spinners took advantage this entertaining plastic by handing out sheets to every fan in attendance for the purpose of breaking a record. The Spinners wanted to break the record for the most people popping bubble wrap at the same time. Pretty interesting and original promotion I must admit. They had bubble wrap rolling competitions to see what fans could roll themselves in bubble wrap the fastest. There were also bubble wrap dance floors on the field between innings, and bubble wrap trivia contests.

Aside from the bubble wrap the Spinners offered the ever popular t-shirt launch by driving around the field in a replica Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine van. For a game that can cost less than $10, it's worth it just to see the ballpark and the originality of their promotions. The level of play can be sloppy, but you may be looking at the next Red Sox Hall of Famer.  

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