Granted, it’s still very early in the season, but teams will be hard pressed to come up with a stadium giveaway better than this one.
This past Saturday the Royals hosted the Yankees, and the first 20,000 fans through the turnstile were the lucky recipients of these tremendous miniature bats honoring Hall of Famer George Brett’s infamous pine tar incident from 1983. For those of you who don’t remember, the Kansas City’s Brett had a home run called back in the top of the ninth at Yankee Stadium after New York manager Billy Martin appealed to the umps that Brett’s bat had more pine tar on it than allowed by Major League baseball (ie. greater than 18 inches from the end of the bat). The call was overturned, and Brett came bursting out of the Royals dugout in a rage to protest the overturned call. The Royals appealed the ruling, and the call was overturned yet again, with the game being picked up at the point of Brett’s home run a month later, with the Royals winning the game 5-4.
As for “George Brett Pine Tar Bat Day” giveaway at Kaufmann Stadium, this blows away those crappy fridge magnet schedules, and dare I say it, is even better than your usual bobblehead promotions, albeit just barely.