WHITAKER BANK BALLPARK (Lexington, KY) - The historic feud between two families that started over a pig in the late 1870s around the Tug River Valley area between West Virginia and Kentucky will again be battled out, but this time on the baseball diamond in the South Atlantic League of Minor League Baseball. The West Virginia Power and Lexington Legends will officially rename themselves "Hatfields" and "McCoys" respectively, for the entirety of the 2017 season when they play each other. The temporary new names are just one of the many elements involved in this season long promotion.
Specialty jerseys for both teams will be worn, (see attached photos) resembling 1870s garb with the nameplates showcasing the new names for the Legends and Power. Jerseys for the Lexington Legends are sponsored by Bud's Gun Shop and both teams' jerseys will be auctioned off through a silent auction at each teams' respective home stadium, Whitaker Bank Ballpark and Appalachian Power Park. All proceeds from each of the auctions will benefit the Lexington Legends Charitable Fund and the Power Baseball Charities 501c3. The Power's jersey auction is set for August 17 while the Legends' is set for July 6.
"Having an infamous part of Kentucky and West Virginia history come to life at Whitaker Bank Ballpark is so fun and important to celebrate, but it's also important we make sure that we made it happen with a charitable component, as giving back to our community is always the Legends number one priority. Very much looking forward to seeing fans engage with this fun promotion this season" stated Andy Shea, Legends President and CEO.
Hatfield and McCoy jerseys will be worn at home in Lexington when the Power/Hatfield's are in town on April 15, April 16, July 5, July 6, July 31 and August 2. Jerseys will be worn in West Virginia at Appalachian Power Park on May 8, June 22, July 22 and August 17. Each team will also be showcasing a special promotional theme night celebrating the history and traditions of each state surrounding the historic feud and encompassing food, beverages, crafts, and music. Hatfield and McCoy Night for the Legends/McCoys will be held on July 6 and held on July 22 for the Power/Hatfields.
The "Feud" aspect of the promotion will be tracked by the number of wins each team has over the other, culminating with a "Golden Pig" trophy presentation to the winning team at the end of each series and at the end of the 2017 season. Fans will have the opportunity to be a part of the feud through social media outlets as well and the trophy ceremony at each ballpark by entering to win the chance to be "Golden Pig Presenter" on-field.
Fans wishing to participate in the feud can rally with their respective "family" and purchase the "Feud Ticket Package", a package that offers fans the opportunity to take in 6 games when the teams are renamed and wearing their familial jerseys; 3 games at Whitaker Bank Ballpark and 3 at Appalachian Power Park. The package will be $48 per seat and include 3 Field Box seats for any Legends versus Power game in Lexington and 3 Reserved Seats for any time the Legends are in West Virginia. Visit www.lexingtonlegends.com or www.wvpower.com for ticket package information.
"Bringing this iconic feud to the baseball field will be fun,' stated Tim Mueller, the General Manager of the West Virginia Power. "Lexington has always been our best rival, so we are thrilled to partner with the Legends on a historic promotion like this. Rarely do you see two Minor League teams working together on a season-long promotion, allowing both sides to showcase creativity and excitement, hopefully on and off the field. Plus, and I never thought I would say this, we will be excited to win that Golden Pig."
For more information, about the Hatfield and McCoy Legends/Power Feud, contact Sarah Bosso at firstname.lastname@example.org or 859 422-7855. The Legends, a Class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals and a member of the South Atlantic League, will open the season Thursday, April 13 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark against the West Virginia Power, an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
For ticket information, call (859) 422-7867 or visit lexingtonlegends.com.
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