Thursday, June 18, 2015

Minor League Baseball Team Hosting 'Miracle on Ice' Night

SourceIt has officially been 35 years since the ‘Miracle on Ice’ in Lake Placid, N.Y., wherein an upstart squad of U.S.-born hockey players defeated a mighty Soviet Union team that was seen as gold medal favorites at the 1980 Olympics. To pay tribute to one of the most incredible Olympic sports stories and one of the most iconic hockey moments, the AAA Rochester Red Wings, a minor league affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, are hosting a ‘Miracle on Ice’ night on Aug. 1.
The evening, of course, will include brand new threads for both Rochester and their opponents, the Syracuse Chiefs. Rochester, the home team for evening, will wear the classic white jerseys that the American team wore during their defeat of the Soviets, while Syracuse will suit up in the blue visitors sweaters. And what hockey-themed night would be complete without the umpires wearing referee jerseys?John Harrington and Mike Ramsey, both members of the 1980 American team, will be in attendance for the game and will get to relive some of the most classic moments as Rochester intends on showing highlights from the ‘Miracle’ game on the video board throughout the evening. According to the Red Wings, it’s expected that at least one more member from the gold-medal winning squad will be added to the event.
Incase you were unaware, I'm a pretty big hockey guy, so naturally I absolutely love this move. I'm debating flying home from California just to snag one of these jerseys. I'm pretty sure no one would normally go to this game since no one in the world cares about minor league baseball so this is also a genius marketing scheme. How do you get upstate New Yorkers to a baseball game? Involve hockey. I kind of wish that the Syracuse Chiefs were wearing USSR jerseys. That would be incredible. The umps wearing zebra stripes is also a great move. I love everything about this, to be honest. So i guess i'll see everyone in Rochester August 1st. 

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