Minor-league team to hold 'Might Be the Father’s Day' promotion with free pregnancy tests
Strange minor league baseball promotions are nothing new, but we may have a new leader in the clubhouse for weirdest of the year.
Fans of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (double-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins) will not only get to enjoy $1 beer for the team's "Thirsty Thursday" special this week, but they can also get a free pregnancy test along with their suds.
Yes, a free pregnancy test.
It's part of the team's "You Might Be The Father's Day" promotion. I'll just let the team website go ahead and explain more.
“In honor of You Might Be The Father's Day, the Jumbo Shrimp will be distributing pregnancy tests so you'll know if you need to return for Sunday's Father's Day game... It will be an evening filled with suspense, intrigue and manila envelopes.”
Find out you or your significant other is pregnant at a minor league baseball stadium on Thursday, return to the minor league baseball stadium to celebrate the pregnancy on Father's Day that weekend. Genius!
Jumbo Shrimp general manager Harold Craw said that there would be several hundred pregnancy tests ready to be given away on Thursday, though fans can decline.
“We’ll give it to them if they want one,” Craw said. “But at that point, it’s completely up to them. They’re on their own.”
You know what they say, being told "you're on your own" is always a dream quote when there's a potential pregnancy on the line.
But, in all seriousness, a free (optional) pregnancy test doesn't really hurt anyone. It's a weird promotion designed mainly to get a few chuckles, but it could actually be somewhat of a public service. Maybe the Jumbo Shrimp end up providing good news to some lucky fans.
If not, at least the beer is cheap?