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Synergy! St. Paul Saints schedule charity event based on Bountygate

As a good Minnesota boy, I have touched upon a few of the many wacky promotional stunts and madcap antics that have been dreamed up previously and subsequently put on by the hometown St. Paul Saints, a minor league ballclub that plays in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. But the announcement of their most recent effort is not only brilliant in its timeliness and synergy, it will also serve a very important purpose as it will hopefully raise funds for a very worthwhile cause.

Announced in a press release issued Thursday, the Saints announced that on Sept. 1, the team will hold their own whimsical take on Bountygate that has ultimately wreaked havoc upon the NFL team that shares its name.

For each bone crunching hit the Saints will collect a bounty and the bigger the hit, the larger the sum: a single is worth $100, a double $200, a triple $300 and a home run is worth $400. For every pitcher the Saints “knock-out” another $50 will be collected. Each time a Saints pitcher “punches out” an opposing hitter, $10 will be donated. At the end of the night all the money collected from the bounty system will be placed in a LOOMIS armored truck and taken to Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and donated to their new concussion research program.

Well done, St. Paul Saints. What an excellent way to derive some positives from such an ugly story. And despite the promotion being months away, come September, the entire Bountygate saga will once again be back on the front-burner of league news as the NFL season kicks off and Sean Payton’s suspension kicks in.

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