Attention-grabbing promotions are pervasive throughout the world of minor league baseball. This one, however, could best be described as ‘invasive.’
As reported by ESPN, Andy Milovich, general manager of Class A Myrtle Beach, is offering to sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in front of fans during the seventh-inning stretch. Oh, and he’ll be doing this while getting a prostate examination.
Just typing that felt uncomfortable.
But this is not just a publicity stunt to pack fans in on a slow night. Milovich is tying it to support for Fallon Emery, a 10-year-old South Carolina girl with brain cancer. If she gets 10,000 Likes on her Facebook page before Thursday’s game, the Pelicans GM will undergo the examination. Fallon’s page had almost 8,000 Likes as of this writing, so this appears likely to happen. If so, as Milovich explained to ESPN, he’ll try to maintain a bit of dignity.
“It’s not like I would be getting it at home plate,” Milovich said. “I’ll likely do it from our radio booth and the fans will see me from the shoulder up.”
Good to know, especially after giving fans a glimpse of things to come:
— MyrtleBeachPelicans (@Pelicanbaseball) July 19, 2014
Let’s zoom in on that photo just to the right of Emery’s.
Gotta love minor league baseball.