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wheels
08-10-2006, 09:12 AM
Bob Castellini loved the atmosphere at the park over the last couple of nights.

Great plays, lots of big hits, huge crowds, big wins. That's all great, but it came at a price.

Bob's gotta keep the momentum up. Nothing would be more deflating than seeing a mere 20K people per night during the next home stand.

They need another gimmick. The ticket prices thing was a great idea, but it's costly. Hot dogs? That's not enough to bring people in. Bobble Heads? Can't make any more than they've already ordered. Beanie Babies? That's soooo 1997.

What would be an affordable way to boost ticket sales, and morale at the same time?

What would bring people together in such a way as to elicit impromptu songsmanship and colorful heckling techniques?

Beer. That's what.

Half priced beer for the rest of the season.

File 'em in, liquor 'em up, and watch the wins pile up.

Tap the keg, and they will come.

Gooooo Bee....I mean, Reds!

zombie-a-go-go
08-10-2006, 09:14 AM
Wheels, I like the way you think, brother. :beerme:

princeton
08-10-2006, 09:18 AM
Farney night.

we then activate Farney and he pinch-hits in the ninth.

Johnny Footstool
08-10-2006, 09:37 AM
I don't know...the team would lose a lot of money. Their margins on beer are wafer-thin. They have to charge at least $5.50 to cover the steep cost of importing those precious suds, training the craftsmen who pour them, and fashioning those hand-carved flagons in which they're served.

cumberlandreds
08-10-2006, 09:38 AM
Farney night.

we then activate Farney and he pinch-hits in the ninth.

I think a Farney bobblehead night is in order. :)

TeamCasey
08-10-2006, 09:39 AM
I think a Farney bobblehead night is in order. :)

:laugh: :thumbup:

ochre
08-10-2006, 11:18 AM
wouldn't that be "bobble-heads"?

RBA
08-10-2006, 11:28 AM
Half-Price beer?

And you can rename it, "Pack the JAIL-HOUSE Night"

Roy Tucker
08-10-2006, 11:30 AM
The White Sox have a Half-Price Mondays and Dollar Dog Thursdays all season.

I think these are great ideas.

TOBTTReds
08-10-2006, 11:33 AM
Half price beer = :all_cohol :drink: :barf: :barf:

Cedric
08-10-2006, 11:36 AM
I'm not so sure this is a great idea. Cleveland did this in the 70's and Mike Hargrove almost got killed by the mass of drunken fans. :)

BoydsOfSummer
08-10-2006, 11:37 AM
Those cheering chicks could go topless. That might pack the house.

macro
08-10-2006, 12:23 PM
I'm not so sure this is a great idea. Cleveland did this in the 70's and Mike Hargrove almost got killed by the mass of drunken fans. :)
http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/features/flashbacks/06_04_1974.stm

10-Cent Beer Night

Cleveland Municipal Stadium (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/C/Cleveland_Stadium.stm) / June 4, 1974 (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/chronology/1974JUNE.stm#day4) By James G. Robinson

Mike Hargrove (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/H/Hargrove_Mike.stm) remembers his first game in Cleveland well.

The Indians graciously gave away their beer. Their fans gave away the game.

10-Cent Beer Night was the Indians' most desperate stunt in the club's most desperate era. Cleveland was mired in the AL East cellar for half a decade despite the best efforts of ace hurler Gaylord Perry (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/P/Perry_Gaylord.stm), who won 24 games and the Cy Young Award in 1972.

Stagnant attendance at Municipal Stadium (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/C/Cleveland_Stadium.stm) (their turnout in 1973 had been the second-lowest since World War II) prompted the announcement that at selected games stadium vendors would offer a 10-ounce cup of Strohs for just 10 cents.

Cleveland's first (and last) "10-Cent Beer Night" was the first game of a three-game series against the Texas Rangers, who had held "cheap beer nights" of their own at Arlington Stadium (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/A/Arlington_Stadium.stm) the previous season without incident. Even though the Rangers had suffered through two of the worst seasons in baseball history since moving from Washington to Arlington, star turns by right fielder Jeff Burroughs (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/B/Burroughs_Jeff.stm) (AL MVP) and Ferguson Jenkins (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/J/Jenkins_Ferguson.stm) (25-12, 2.83) and the emergence of Hargrove (AL Rookie of the Year) would help the surprising Rangers finish the 1974 season second in the AL West with an 84-76 record.

An incident a week earlier in Arlington brought some testosterone-laden intrigue to the "Beer Night" matchup. It all began with a hard slide into Indians second baseman Jack Brohamer (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/B/Brohamer_Jack.stm) by the Rangers' Lenny Randle (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/R/Randle_Lenny.stm); four innings later Indians hurler Milt Wilcox (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/W/Wilcox_Milt.stm) retaliated with a fastball behind Randle's head. Instead of charging the mound, Randle bunted the next pitch up the first base line. As Wilcox charged the ball, he was greeted by a hard forearm shove from Randle, who then barreled into Cleveland's hulking first baseman John Ellis (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/E/Ellis_John.stm).

As the obligatory brawl ensued, more than a few Indians found themselves doused with beer gleefully hurled from the stands. Rangers shortstop Toby Harrah (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/H/Harrah_Toby.stm) remarked that the normally docile Ranger fans were becoming "more and more like the ones in Venezuela," who frequently chased referees out of arenas.

It certainly seemed like a good percentage of the Indians fans attending "10-Cent Beer Night" were looking for a measure of revenge. For a team that had averaged less than 8,000 fans a game the previous season, the announced attendance of over 25,000 was an impressive turnout. But many of the fans were already tipsy when they showed up and things turned ugly early. Especially ominous were the sounds of small explosions from the stands, heard from the press box as early as the first inning.

After the Rangers took an early lead, the alcohol-fueled frenzy that had pushed fans through the turnstiles began to push them onto the field. In the second inning, a large woman jumped into the Indians' on-deck circle and lifted her shirt; in the fourth, a naked man slid into second as Rangers outfielder Tom Grieve (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/G/Grieve_Tom.stm) circled the bases with his second homer of the game; and in the fifth, a father-and-son team welcomed Hargrove to Cleveland by leaping into the infield and mooning the crowd. From the seventh inning onwards, a steady stream of interlopers greeted Burroughs in right field. Some even stopped to shake his hand.

The stadium simmered until the Tribe came to bat in the bottom of the ninth, down 5-3. With one out, an Ed Crosby (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/C/Crosby_Ed.stm) single scored George Hendrick (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/H/Hendrick_George.stm); two singles later, a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to center by John Lowenstein (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/L/Lowenstein_John.stm) plated Crosby to tie the game. But slugger Leron Lee (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/L/Lee_Leron.stm) never had a chance to drive in the game-winner (Rusty Torres (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/T/Torres_Rusty.stm)) from third. As the Cleveland fans pelted the field with golf balls, rocks and batteries, someone took the opportunity to swipe Burroughs' glove. Burroughs chased the fan back to the stands and in response, people began swarming into the outfield, surrounding the Rangers' star outfielder and ending any hope for an Indians rally.

Dodging more than a few flying chairs, Texas manager Billy Martin (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/M/Martin_Billy.stm) grabbed a bat and led his team on a rescue mission to right field. "The bat showed up later," Hargrove recalled, "and it was broken." Even the Indians were helping to fight off their own fans. Umpire Nestor Chylak (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/C/Chylak_Nestor.stm), hit by both a chair and a rock, quickly forfeited the game to Texas, officially ending the Indians' comeback. "They were just uncontrollable beasts," said Chylak later. "I've never seen anything like it except in a zoo." Nine fans were arrested for their part in the melee.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram beat writer Mike Shropshire asked Rangers outfielder Cesar Tovar (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/T/Tovar_Cesar.stm) if the Cleveland fans were acting more like Venezuelan fans than the Arlington fans had. "These people are different, very different. Got no respect for the police," the Caracas native replied. "Of course, they'd shoot the people who tried that at home."
Ironically, the game was the first forfeit in the major leagues since the Rangers (then the Washington Senators) last game at RFK Stadium, when a horde of souvenir-hungry fans took the field and refused to leave.

How desperate was the Indians front office to fill the Municipal Stadium seats?

Incredibly, the team had no plans to call off the remaining 10-Cent Beer Nights until AL President Lee MacPhail (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/M/MacPhail_Lee.stm) intervened with the understatement of the year: "There was no question that beer played a great part in the affair."

deltachi8
08-10-2006, 12:26 PM
id go with handgun and hard liquor night.

Matt700wlw
08-10-2006, 12:52 PM
Dollar nachos.

I dig the Nachos and cheese :D

ochre
08-10-2006, 12:54 PM
Dollar nachos.

I dig the Nachos and cheese :D
yeah. But replace the cheese with tequila.

wolfboy
08-10-2006, 01:58 PM
id go with handgun and hard liquor night.

I'm in.

Wait. :confused:

Isn't it always handguns and hard liquor everywhere else in the city?

macro
08-10-2006, 02:10 PM
id go with handgun and hard liquor night.

I see no reason to have a special promotion for Bengals players.

TOBTTReds
08-10-2006, 03:28 PM
Nacho Libre night. Anyone dressed like Javy Valentin gets in free.

RFS62
08-10-2006, 03:29 PM
http://thecia.com.au/reviews/n/images/nacho-libre-1.jpg

KronoRed
08-10-2006, 04:59 PM
RFS has the right idea

KronoRed
08-10-2006, 05:00 PM
How bout free beer and boy band cd demolition night? :D

RBA
08-10-2006, 05:36 PM
I got the best idea yet!!!!!!!!!!

RICH AURILIA BOBBLEHEAD NIGHT!!!!!

For added bonus:

During the game, Rich starts out at 1st Base and rotates to a new position every inning.

wheels
08-10-2006, 07:56 PM
I still think beer is a good idea.

KronoRed
08-10-2006, 08:25 PM
How bout we round up some old DH's and throw rocks at them, call it "The AL SUCKS night"

Newport Red
08-10-2006, 09:10 PM
And to top it off, they can have stagger around the bases after the game.

Johnny Footstool
08-10-2006, 11:03 PM
Is that ol' Jame Gumb as your avatar, Wheels? Sweeeeet.

wheels
08-10-2006, 11:23 PM
Is that ol' Jame Gumb as your avatar, Wheels? Sweeeeet.

"Is she a great big fat person?"

Johnny Footstool
08-11-2006, 10:40 AM
"Is she a great big fat person?"

"You don't know what pain is!"

Ltlabner
08-11-2006, 01:58 PM
How about $1 beer night in combination with "come learn more about stats in baseball" education night?

They could play little explinations of various metrics between innings or after big plays up on the jumbotron.

Combine the thrilling excitement of standard deviations with beer fueled mayhem and you get baseball gold, jerry. Baseball gold.

:)

Ltlabner
08-11-2006, 02:10 PM
My other idea was a "Burn Dick Wagoner at the Stake" night at GABP. Fans could pay $1 each to be able to stay after the game and watch the event. All money goes to the RCF.

The only problem is (1) a lot of the people here are too young to even know who that is and (2) there will be some real legal and sanitation issues with actually burning him at the stake. Maybe Dabvu can get to work on that?

I figure Dunner can throw a ball in from the infield to knock Dick out at the last minute before he's totally consumed...much like that scene from Last of the Mochicans.

This might be a little gruesome for the kids, however.

KittyDuran
08-11-2006, 02:24 PM
My other idea was a "Burn Dick Wagoner at the Stake" night at GABP. Fans could pay $1 each to be able to stay after the game and watch the event. All money goes to the RCF.

The only problem is (1) a lot of the people here are too young to even know who that is and (2) there will be some real legal and sanitation issues with actually burning him at the stake. Maybe Dabvu can get to work on that?

I figure Dunner can throw a ball in from the infield to knock Dick out at the last minute before he's totally consumed...much like that scene from Last of the Mochicans.

This might be a little gruesome for the kids, however.Not to sound morbid... but is Dick Wagner still alive? :confused:

Ltlabner
08-11-2006, 02:27 PM
Not to sound morbid... but is Dick Wagner still alive? :confused:


Uuuuggghhhhhh. I don't know.

If he just died or is deathly ill, I'm going to feal like a real :mooner: however.

KittyDuran
08-11-2006, 02:46 PM
Uuuuggghhhhhh. I don't know.

If he just died or is deathly ill, I'm going to feal like a real :mooner: however.IIRC Sparky in an interview saying that he was very ill...but I can't remember when that was...

dabvu2498
08-11-2006, 02:51 PM
My other idea was a "Burn Dick Wagoner at the Stake" night at GABP. Fans could pay $1 each to be able to stay after the game and watch the event. All money goes to the RCF.

The only problem is (1) a lot of the people here are too young to even know who that is and (2) there will be some real legal and sanitation issues with actually burning him at the stake. Maybe Dabvu can get to work on that?

I figure Dunner can throw a ball in from the infield to knock Dick out at the last minute before he's totally consumed...much like that scene from Last of the Mochicans.

This might be a little gruesome for the kids, however.
1) Dick Wagner... did great work on Welcome to My Nightmare with Alice Cooper!

2) If he's alive, that's Voluntary Manslaughter:

2903.03. Voluntary manslaughter.

(A) No person, while under the influence of sudden passion or in a sudden fit of rage, either of which is brought on by serious provocation occasioned by the victim that is reasonably sufficient to incite the person into using deadly force, shall knowingly cause the death of another or the unlawful termination of another's pregnancy.

(B) Whoever violates this section is guilty of voluntary manslaughter, a felony of the first degree.


If he's dead, that's Abuse of a Corpse:

2927.01. Abuse of a corpse.

(A) No person, except as authorized by law, shall treat a human corpse in a way that the person knows would outrage reasonable family sensibilities.

(B) No person, except as authorized by law, shall treat a human corpse in a way that would outrage reasonable community sensibilities.

(C) Whoever violates division (A) of this section is guilty of abuse of a corpse, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Whoever violates division (B) of this section is guilty of gross abuse of a corpse, a felony of the fifth degree.

I'd defend you, though... with a minimal fee. ;)

Ltlabner
08-11-2006, 02:54 PM
Dick Wagner... did great work on Welcome to My Nightmare with Alice Cooper!

FANTASTIC! Love that era of Alice. Was just listening to WTMN on the drive home today.

I'm one of the few that love "The Alice Cooper Show" live album that had Dick Wagner (and another guy who I can't remember off the top of my head) on gituars.

cumberlandreds
08-11-2006, 03:01 PM
IIRC Sparky in an interview saying that he was very ill...but I can't remember when that was...

I was thinking I had heard that he died but it could have been that he was very ill. I can't find a thing on the web about it. He's not even pupular enough to have a biography on wikipedia.

Ltlabner
08-11-2006, 03:06 PM
I was thinking I had heard that he died but it could have been that he was very ill. I can't find a thing on the web about it. He's not even pupular enough to have a biography on wikipedia.


Ok, ok. It was a bad idea. So sue me...no wait! No...I meant...oh...nevermind.

I'm going to stick with my "Beer and Stats Night" idea instead.

Yachtzee
08-11-2006, 03:35 PM
Redstoberfest

KittyDuran
08-11-2006, 03:41 PM
RedstoberfestNo Reds games this year the weekend of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati - but if the Reds make the post season there could be playing games during Tall Stacks, which is the first week-weekend of October. :beerme: