The minor league baseball team in Charleston, S.C., plans to hand out Statue of Liberty figurines at Saturday’s game — with surprise Democratic Senate nominee Alvin Greene’s face on them.
Late Update: It’s worse than I thought. The team is simply taping a photo of Greene to a “Mr. Lady Liberty” statuette, and they’ve provided a photo of this “promotion” to New York magazine. Bill Veeck would be proud.
The “I Can’t Believe I Got Taken In” Update: I feel like I’ve been had! According to the AP, the president of the team, known as the RiverDogs, which is a Class A affiliate of the New York Yankees, is none other than Mike Veeck, Bill’s son. For those of you not sports fans or marketing gurus, Bill was a baseball executive famous for his promotional stunts: “All I ever said is that you can draw more people with a losing team, plus bread and circuses, than with a losing team and a long, still silence.” A Veeck strikes again.
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