FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Two minor-league baseball teams are having dueling Tom Brady promotions over a two-day span next week, and the spirit of each is defined by geographical location.
The Pawtucket (Rhode Island) Red Sox, Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, are hosting "Free Brady Friday" on June 10. Fans named Tom and/or Brady will be admitted free. Also, box seats normally priced at $13 will be reduced to $12, which is Brady's jersey number.
"Tom Brady is one of the region's most beloved athletes and public figures," PawSox senior vice president/general manager Dan Rea said. "This evening allows PawSox fans, so many of whom are Patriots fans, to show their support for him."
Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bison are countering with "Keep Brady Suspended Night" the day after in a doubleheader against the Charlotte Knights. The Bison, the Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, have a natural rooting interest in the Buffalo Bills, one of the Patriots' top rivals.
As part of the Bison promotion, any fan who brings a properly inflated football to be donated to area youth football programs will be able to buy one ticket and receive a second ticket free of charge. The club is also accepting "un-destroyed" cell phone donations for "Cell Phones for Soldiers" charity.
With a touch of humor, the Bison also added, "If you are named Tom or Brady, you will be allowed entrance but will not be allowed to watch the first four innings of game one of the doubleheader. Please, no appeals."