Minor league baseball is fun for a whole host of reasons but one of the best are the gimmicky themed nights — tapping every cultural influence from Back to the Future to Star Wars to George Costanza — created to help get asses in the seats for reasons other than, ya know, baseball.
Our hometown Double A affiliate down in Akron, recently recoined the RubberDucks, do it just about as well as anyone. (They're especially adept at the extravagant food options
, if you didn't know.) And they've jumped on one of the bigger stories in the headlines these days as the influence for the evening of April 27, which will be known now and forever as "Brian Williams' Pants-on-Fire Night."
What will that include?
— The first 100 fans will receive a pair of suspenders.
— There will be on-field contests including "To Tell the Truth" and an offshoot of the game "Two Truths and a Lie" called, "Two Truths and a Brian Williams."
— Any fan in attendance named Brian Williams will have the opportunity to throw out the first pitch, and a fan of that name will be assigned to read tall tales.
— Between innings, fans will be able to audition to be a TV news anchor, and fans will be able to vote on a winner. The results will then be sent to NBC.
— And finally, a pair of pants said to be from Williams will be burned ceremonially.
There are worse reasons to get to the ballpark.