Houston Astros minor league team pulls back planned promotion because jinx
Superstition is the fabric of sports. You don’t touch the Stanley Cup until you have won it. You don’t step on the white line in baseball. You eat the same pregame meal the night before a big game. And you probably don’t distribute World Series rings for a season two years away. Especially if your team hasn’t had a winning record in half a decade. The Houston Astros new minor league AAA affiliate, the Fresno Grizzlies, had a brilliant idea for a promotion to give away Astros 2017 World Series “rings” in August. Check out the goods (via Mike Axisa of CBS Eye on Baseball originally from Ben Hill, although that blog has been pulled)
Sports Illustrated had tabbed the team as the favorites (a bit early). The Astros have undergone a complete overhaul the last four years, including losing a record 324 games (vs. only 162 wins) from 2011-2013. All in an effort to stockpile talent. And stockpile they did, now with a surplus of major league ready talent mostly under the age of 26.
I don’t know who made the call, but the promotion was quickly squashed. The Houston Chronicle reports the backtrack.
“We met internally and have decided to replace the 2017 Houston Astros World Championship Ring with a more Fresno-centric giveaway, which more aligns with our marketing plans for 2015 and beyond. We do not want a Fresno Grizzlies giveaway to be perceived as a jinx for our Major League affiliate.” – Derek Franks, the Grizzlies General Manager.
At least it was in plenty of time! We can file this away in the category of great idea, but superstition plays too much of a part!
– David Whitlock