The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders are going to stand out, and blend in, all at once tonight. That's because as part of “Outdoors Night,” the International League franchise will be sporting special camouflage jerseys for its game against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
The RailRiders' camo creation splashes a three-dimensional forest setting across the chest of their jersey with the team's logo in hunters-orange lettering that matches the sleeves. The uniforms will be auctioned off after the game, with the proceeds benefitting the Hunt of a Lifetime charity, which provides special hunting and fishing experiences for children with life-threatening illnesses.
The alternate jerseys are just a piece of the team's Outdoors Night promotion, which will include an appearance from Duck Dynasty's Mountain Man (who will be wearing a jersey of his own), a campfire burning at the front end of PNC Field's plaza and tents set up as decorations around the ballpark.
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"It should be a pretty fun night," RailRiders general manager Rob Crain said. "I've been told that Pennsylvania has the most licensed hunters than any other state. So when we were talking about doing (Outdoors Night) we said let's do it with camo."
Alternate jerseys have become one of the biggest fads in the minors these days, the most popular being Star Wars-themed uniforms teams wear as part of promotions celebrating the hit movie series. The camo jerseys is the first of four alternate looks the RailRiders will be wearing this season, including: a 25th anniversary celebration on June during which the team will combine the three jerseys they have worn during that span into one look, an ugly sweater night creation as part of its "Christmas in July" promotion on July 25, and special "TrolleyFrogs" jerseys on Aug. 8 in honor of one of the name-the-team finalists from two years ago.
About Last Night
It was a battle of the beer specials last night, as teams across the minors hosted their version of the beloved Thirsty Thursday promotion. The Charlotte Knights (International League) topped the minors in attendance for the second night in a row, drawing 10,323 to brand-new BB&T Ballpark for the team's fourth sellout of the season. Another sellout is expected tonight in Charlotte as the team wraps up its opening eight-game homestand.
Below is a list of the 10-largest crowds from last night and how those attendance figures compare to each team's season average.
|MINOR LEAGUE ATTENDANCE|
|Sacramento River Cats||7,661||48,945||8,158|
|Myrtle Beach Pelicans||6,599||26,819||3,831|