Buy me some peanuts and paternity tests.
The latest zany minor-league baseball promotion comes to you courtesy of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, who will host a "You Might Be the Father’s Day" promotion Thursday in advance of Sunday’s holiday. The Double-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins will distribute pregnancy tests as part of the festivities, creating some potentially awkward in-game experiences for some fans.
The tests are "so you’ll know if you need to return for Sunday’s Father’s Day game," the team said on its website, according to The Washington Post. "It will be an evening filled with suspense, intrigue and manila envelopes."
The team typically hosts Thirsty Thursday promotions with beer discounts, but a few new dads might have added reason to drink this week.
The Jumbo Shrimp will host a Father’s Day Cookout Sunday as part of a separate and far less shocking promotion.
The Jumbo Shrimp promotion is the latest minor-league stunt to make headlines. Last week, the Ogden Raptors were forced to scrap a sexist "Hourglass Appreciation Night" in which the Dodgers farm team planned to put hourglass-shaped women in the broadcast booth throughout a game.
"The Ogden Raptors regret than an unauthorized press release was disseminated over the weekend announcing a promotion that was not approved or scheduled by club ownership or management," Ogden president Dave Baggott said in a statement. "This promotion will not take place and steps have been put in place to ensure this will not happen again. The Ogden Raptors offer a sincere apology to anyone who was offended by the promotion itself and the contents of the press release, and in no way supports or condones the objectification of women. It is not reflective of the values of the Ogden Raptors, Los Angeles Dodgers organization, the Pioneer Baseball League or Minor League Baseball."