Easily the most entertaining minor league manager blow-up since that guy starting doing the belly crawl and tossing imaginary grenades at the umpire.
The old saying goes, baseball is about 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical. However, we kinda think the adage came around before the sport’s introduction to steroids, but we’re going to take it at face value for argument’s sake. So, in that case, this must be one of the most monumental mind game moments in the history of the sport.
We’ve heard of some pretty zany giveaways at minor league baseball games with the most recent coming in the form of a Larry Craig bathroom stall bobblefoot doll. However, Craig’s tapping toes can’t hold a candle to the Lake County Captains latest freebie.
The Lake County Captains in conjunction with Monreal Funeral Home of Eastlake will be giving away a free funeral at Classic Park this summer. Fans can fill out an entry form at all Captains home games this year at the National City Fans First Center which is located dead behind home plate at Classic Park. Fans can also mail in their entry. The prize is valued at over $6,000 and the winner must be over 21 years of age. The prize will be awarded to the lucky winner after a game in August. The Monreal Funeral home has been in business for over 116 years and is across the street from the ballpark.
The free funeral consists of free service charge, free basic casket, free basic vault. A burial plot is not included and terms and conditions apply. The prize has no cash value.
“When I brought the idea up to my father (president-Bill Monreal) about giving away a free funeral he thought I was crazy. Once it sunk in he liked the idea”, said Funeral Director Jeff Monreal.
“Life is difficult when you lose someone close to you, you need an experienced funeral home during your time of loss, Monreal Funeral Home has been serving the Cleveland area for over 116 years. Giving away a free funeral is one way we can say thank you to the community” added Monreal.
Hey, it’s better than their first idea which was free urns with the Captains logo on them to the first 500 through the gate.
[LakeCounty.Captains.MILB.com]: Captains to Give Away a Free Funeral