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Final four vie for Promo of Year10/06/2010 10:00 AM ET
By Benjamin Hill / MLB.com
What do an astronaut, a celebrity boxing match, a 100-year-old ballpark and a supernatural teen movie have in common?
They're all among the finalists for MiLB.com's 2010 Promotion of the Year. This quartet of contenders were narrowed down from robust field of 32, and determined by fan voting in each of four categories: Best Giveaway, Best Theme Night, Best Celebrity Appearance, and the always-popular "Miscellaneous."
Now, all that's left to do is vote for the best of the best. But first let's take a look at our four semi-final winners. Voting concludes on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m. ET.
Lancaster JetHawks -- Robert "Hoot" Gibson Aerospace Bobblehead
The bobbleheads, which feature Gibson's head undulating atop a jet plane, were one of 15(!) that the JetHawks distributed as part of their season-long "Hangar Heroes" series. The club got off to an early lead in the voting, and then was able to hold off a late charge from the Brooklyn Cyclones and their one-of-a-kind "Ike Davis Bobble Legs." In third place was the St. Lucie Mets' "Banana Phone," an item inspired by the maddeningly catchy Raffi song of the same name.
BEST THEME NIGHT
Fresno Grizzlies -- "Twilight Night"
"Twilight Night" got off to a slow start, but ended up with a higher percentage of the vote than any promotion in any category. The Akron Aeros placed second with "Ship Out Lebron Night" (their altruistic response to a Cleveland sports tragedy), while the Lowell Spinners' "Salute to Bubblewrap" finished third.
BEST CELEBRITY APPEARANCE
Arkansas Travelers -- Jose Canseco pregame boxing match
This category was the closest by far, with the Travelers just barely edging the Round Rock Express' appearance by a jewelry-wearing, Bud-drinking pitcher by the name of Billy Ray "Rojo" Johnson, who took the mound for Round Rock in the top of the sixth inning of a game in May. Of course, "Rojo Johnson" was nothing more than the latest sporting alter ego of Will Ferrell, in town to promote the Cancer For College charity.
Birmingham Barons -- Rickwood Classic
Results for Top Promo of the Year: