Feb 27, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT
Whatever happens in the Carolina League standings this season, the Potomac Nationals want you to know that their heart will go on.
As if I had to tell you, 2012 is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. And to mark the disaster, the Potomac Nationals (Single-A Washington Nationals affiliate) will hold a very special promotion: on April 15, 100 years to the day that the luxury liner slipped into the briny deep, the team will admit all women and children first to their game against the Lynchburg Hillcats at Pfitzer Stadium. Men will be admitted 15 minutes later.
Of course we know that wasn’t exactly how things went down on the Titanic itself — as many women got shoved aside by panicky gentlemen in a rush for the lifeboats.
“The promotion is still a work in progress,” Nationals general manager Josh Olerud told Off the Bench. “We’ve been talking about different things we’ll be doing during the game, and we’ll be adding things as we dig up more facts about the Titanic. It’s our way of commemorating something that was a big part of our history, and obviously a tragedy of huge proportions.”
No word so far on whether men dressed as women — that ploy happened during the disaster as well — will be admitted half price. Huge points will be awarded to the Nationals if they have a small band playing Nearer My God to Thee on the concourse.
The Potomac Nationals are based in Woodbridge, VA, about 20 miles from Nationals Park.
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