- The Columbus Catfish are running a promotion for a fan to get his (or her) own night at the ballpark.
- I tried to have some fun with it by getting others to help promote me.
- The guy at the Catfish wasn't sure that was a good idea and I backed down.
- Some thought I wussed out.
- They were right.
So, let's try this again. And, to hold my feet to the fire, I'm giving away prizes. So I'm financially committed to this. No wimping out this time. So, let's try this again.
The Columbus Catfish are having a promotion where they're going to name a night after a fan. Here's the deal:
The Columbus Catfish are giving fans a chance to win their very own promotional night. August 25th has been deemed "Insert Your Name Here" Night. Fans can win the honor by explaining, in 100 words or less, why they deserve to have a night dedicated in their honor.
The evening will be dedicated specifically to the winner and feature many prizes and special perks. The winner will be presented with their own personalized Catfish batting practice jersey and Catfish cap. The winner will also get the chance to select the music played between innings, be a part of the on-field entertainment, be a guest groundskeeper during the infield drag and throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Entry forms are available in Catfish souvenir programs and in the souvenir store. Entries will be accepted through August 13th.
I'm asking you to send them an email telling them in 100 words or less why they should have a Basil Night. If you want to get really fancy, print this out, fill it out, and mail it in to:
P.O. Box 2744
Columbus, GA 31902
Do this for me, and there will be prizes. Everyone that submits (or has submitted) an entry on my behalf gets an entry for a prize. I've purchased the following, and will be giving them away. Me. Not the Columbus Catfish. But me.
- A DVD from Amazon.com. Winner's choice. Be reasonable, okay?
- A Catfish T-shirt. Size: large.
- An autographed Catfish logo baseball. I'm asking the players to all sign. I expect most will.
An autographed South Atlantic League baseball. I'm asking the Catfish players to all sign. Again, I expect most will.Prize replaced by DVD.
Everybody that submits an entry for me goes into a drawing. First name drawn gets first choice. Second name drawn gets second choice. And so on. You do not have to be here. I'll mail it to you.
Additionally, everyone who submits an entry on my behalf ... and shows up for the game ... will get in free, plus get a hot dog and a Pepsi-related soft drink. Well, not free. But I'm buying. So it'll be free to those who support me. My way of saying thanks.
Oh, and if the Catfish pick to have "Basil" Night instead of "Drunk Who Wandered In Looking To Watch A RedStixx Game" Night ... one of the prizes from the Catfish will be to throw out first pitch. I'll let y'all that show up decide amongst yourselves who gets to throw the first pitch. And the other prizes, too. Except the jersey. I think I'll keep the jersey. If it's the blue one. I already have a white one. Actually, two white ones. (Told you I was a fan.) Anyway, the other prizes I get from "Basil" Night will be distributed in some manner among those that vote for me and show up. We'll figure something out.
Oh, and the Catfish have scheduled fireworks for that night, anyway. So it will be a blast, no matter what.
So, if I am selected as the fan and they have a "Basil" Night, those that sent in emails and letters ... and show up ... get in free (I'm buying), get fed (I'm buying), and get to split the prizes the Catfish give away.
Whether or not I'm selected, those that sent in emails and letters get in a drawing for prizes. That I am providing.
So, bombard the Catfish with emails and letters telling them why I should be the fan honored that night.
Update: Helping the cause are...