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Phillies affiliate Lehigh Valley IronPigs host peculiar promotion

Published On June 27, 2013 | By Sarah Kirkpatrick

Minor League Baseball tends to do things a little … differently than the major leagues.

Think batdogs instead of batboys. Or wanting to set a record for lowest attendance at a game, so the team locks out fans until the fifth inning. Or printer-smashing contests.

But the Lehigh Valley IronPigs may have just taken the cake with this one: a funeral giveaway.

Yep, you read that right.

On August 20, the IronPigs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Phillies, are hosting a “Celebration of Life” promotion at Coca Cola Park in Allentown, Pa. One fan will win a funeral courtesy of the Reichel Funeral Home and Northampton Memorial Company. All you have to do to enter is write a 200-word essay describing what your ideal funeral would be like. You have until July 31 to submit the essay, and you must be present at the August 20 game. (Meaning, you still have to be alive by August 20.)

Per IronPigs general manager Kurt Landes:

“The best fans in Minor League Baseball deserve the opportunity to win a once-in-a-lifetime giveaway. Unquestionably, this is the most highly coveted ‘out-of-the-box’ promotion in IronPigs history.”

The package includes a casket, body removal, funeral direction, embalming or cremation, a hearse, a funeral service facility, headstone and casket display.

Well, seeing as the IronPigs once wore tuxedo jerseys during a game, this can’t be totally unexpected, right?

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Sarah is a Seattle native studying journalism at Boston University. She covers track and field, cross country and women’s hockey and is Sports Editor at The Daily Free Press, BU’s independent student newspaper. You can follow her on Twitter at @Kirkpatrick_SJ.