Akron minor league team hosting 'Duck Dynasty' Night
FEB 13, 2014 3:22p ET
In a nod to their new team name, the Akron RubberDucks, Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, are putting on "Duck Dynasty" Night as a promotion for the upcoming season.
The team, which changed its name from the Aeros, announced its full slate Wednesday. It includes a number of wacky giveaways and stunts, including a "Major League" Anniversary night with a Jake Taylor "Bobble Knees" giveaway (we have yet to see photographic evidence of what that entails), a "Royal Celebration" for the first birthday of Prince George and a Bubble Wrap Bonanza.
But the most buzzworthy is the May 24 "Celebrity Saturday" featuring Mountain Man from the A&E series which became embroiled in controversy after patriarch Phil Robertson's controversial remarks to GQ about homosexuality. Robertson was initially suspended from "Duck Dynasty" but welcomed back soon after.
Mountain Man, whose real name is Tim Guraedy, is a neighbor of the show's stars, the Robertson family, who runs an air-conditioning repair business and co-hosts a local radio talk show. Here's a look at him in action:
Some fans expressed their displeasure with the idea when the team posted about the promotion on Facebook.
One wrote in response: "When the organization touts 'affordable, family fun' I assume that, in 2014, that means ALL families. Now I'm not so sure. I will certainly not be attending duck dynasty night, and I'm also uncertain about the rest of the season."
Other duck-themed nights also appear on the schedule, including an attempt to break the record for largest game of "Duck, Duck, Goose," a duck bank giveaway, and the "Oops! I Stepped on a Duck Night!" Whoopee Cushion giveaway.
The team was obviously just trying to have some fun playing off the new name but the "Duck Dynasty" decision has definitely drawn attention.
Here's the question to follow: will the team have to duck away from criticism? (ba dum tsssh)