Moosic, Pa. -The winner of the annual 16-game series between the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) and the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) will capture the IronRail Trophy along with a number of other unique bragging rights and incentives, the two clubs announced today. The 2013 IronRail series kicks off tonight at 7:05 p.m. in the opening game of a four-game set between the nearby rivals at Coca-Cola Park.
"Rivalries are a huge part of the endearing joy that sports bring us year after year," remarked RailRiders president/GM Rob Crain. "My hope is that one day the IronRail trophy will hold the same sense of history and heritage that the Land Grant Trophy has for Penn State, or the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for Air Force, Army and Navy."
The winning team will capture the IronRail Trophy, currently being commissioned from a piece of reconditioned railroad track iron, along with the following "perks" from the losing club:
- The general manager of the losing team will sing a stirring rendition of a song of the winning team's choice while dressed in a fat lady suit (hence, the "Fat Lady has sung"). Said song will be played for the opposing team's fans on their videoboard after every home game victory between the two clubs in 2014 and beyond.
- An extraordinary team feed provided for the winning team and field staff.
- Bragging rights for the next year as the IronRail trophy will be on display in the winning team's ballpark throughout the 2014 season and so forth.
IronPigs GM Kurt Landes added, "We will run over the RailRiders and I can't wait to hear Crain squeal a few bars dressed in a fat lady suit."
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre owns a 48-32 lead in the all-time series dating back to Lehigh Valley's inaugural 2008 season although the two clubs split the season series in 2012. In the event of an 8-8 tie in future seasons, the club that wins the final regular-season game will be deemed the IronRail Series Trophy winner.
With no upper deck at PNC Field anymore, every seat in the ballpark provides the supreme views and intimacy that make minor league baseball so special at incredibly affordable prices. For more information, please visit the team's official website, www.swbrailriders.com, or call 570-969-BALL (2255). The first IronRail clash between the RailRiders and IronPigs at PNC Field will come on Saturday, July 6 and will be televised live on MyNetworkTV with the Voice of the RailRiders, John Sadak, and FOX56 sports director Bob Ide on the call. SWB has just five home dates and six openings remaining on the month of June. Look for word on the promotions for those June affairs tomorrow.
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