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The Strangest Promotion In Minor League Baseball.

We are very lucky to have two championship caliber minor league sports teams in West Michigan. For nearly the past two decades, both the Griffins and Whitecaps have entertained and fed us with fantastic ideas, promotions and good food. Dollar dogs, the Fifth Third Burger, Star Wars night, and six championships have been part of the Grand Rapids sports landscape. But this idea from a team in Pennsylvania takes the cake. AND the coffin.

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs minor league baseball team is holding a contest to give away a funeral package. the team is calling the night a “Celebration of Life.” This story “Minor League Team’s Morbid Giveaway” tells more.

“The IronPigs, the Triple-A Affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies (where Pedro Martinez once made a rehab stop), will be giving out one $10,000 funeral or memorial package during the team’s Aug. 20 game against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. The team is calling the night a “Celebration of Life.”

According to the Morning Call, that package includes a casket, embalming or cremation, professional services of a funeral director and staff, hearse and facility for funeral services, a headstone and a casket spray of flowers.
To register, fans are asked to submit an essay of 200 words or less describing their ideal funeral and why they deserve it.”

I’d personally rather have a Fifth Third burger. Wait….

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