A pro-Tom Brady promotion by a Boston-based minor league baseball team has led to an equally clever anti-Brady promotion by a minor league club that shares a city with one of the New England Patriots' division rivals.
The Pawtucket Red Sox, who play their home games less than 20 miles away from the Patriots' stadium, announced a "Free Brady Friday" night for its June 10 home game, in response to Brady's suspension for the first four games of the 2016 season due to the ongoing "Deflategate" saga.
Anyone named Tom or Brady will receive free admission to the June 10 game. The team will also donate a quarter for every box seat sold to a Brady-supported charity called Best Buddies.
But not to be outdone, the Buffalo Bisons scheduled a Brady-themed promotion of their own -- a "Keep Brady Suspended" night for their June 11 doubleheader.
— Buffalo Bisons (@BuffaloBisons) June 1, 2016
It's not a coincidence that the Bisons play in the same city as the Buffalo Bills, who will visit the Patriots in Week 4 of the upcoming season. Brady will miss that game if his suspension is upheld.
"Keep Brady Suspended" night includes:
-Buy-one, get-one free tickets to anyone who brings a properly inflated football to the game. The footballs will be donated to local youth programs.
-A gift shop discount to anyone who brings in a Brady jersey or shirt, to be used during the post-game fireworks display.
-Big-screen video footage of sports' "greatest cheaters" to be aired between innings.
Fans are also encouraged to bring working cell phones to donate to Cell Phones for Soldiers.
And here's the kicker: Anyone named Tom or Brady will not be admitted to the ballpark until the first four innings of the first game are complete.