We love minor league baseball promotions, and we love anything that brings the words "Fred Smoot" and "boat" back into the public consciousness. So we're very happy people this morning.
The St. Paul Saints, the minor league baseball team ran by Mike Veeck, is giving away miniature Minnetonka Queen boats for the 30th anniversary of the Love Boat and "may remind fans of another well-known Twin Cities area vessel that has been in the news. " The date is May 27, and one forgives Fred Smoot for showing up and thinking the "Love Boat giveaway" would allow him a very different freebie that it actually does.
By the way, other Saints promotions include "VHS Demolition Night," the "Buddha Giveaway" and "Billy Murray Bobblehead Night." The Saints are just about the only thing we can think of that makes us sad we don't live in Minnesota.
A Boat Load Of Promotoins Set For 2006 [Saints Baseball]
(UPDATE: Do not anger Minnesota residents, apparently; the mailbox was flooded almost immediately. It's not like we don't like Minnesota; every time we've been there, we've enjoyed ourselves. It's just that, you know, it's kinda cold. That's all. Honest.)