Lovers of 1980s nostalgia should get themselves to Daytona on Saturday, July 15. The Daytona Tortugas — Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds — will be having a Bob Ross Night.
On “Bob Ross Night,” the first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a bobblehead featuring the iconic painter decked out in a Tortugas jersey,” Benjamin Hill of MiLB.com reported. “This marks the first time that the Tortugas have ever staged a bobblehead giveaway.”
If you're gonna have a first Bobblehead Night, why not start with Bob Ross? pic.twitter.com/8JXZdhlF9M
— Michael Dixon (@mfdixon1985) July 11, 2017
But wait. There’s more.
As team president Ryan Keur noted, the promotion will be so much more than a single bobblehead. Per Hill, he noted that The Bob Ross Foundation “played an integral role in all the little pieces, transforming this into a full day of Bob Ross activities.”
So, what are some of those little pieces?
“Those ‘little pieces’ include the ‘Bob Ross Happy Little 5K,’ which will take place Saturday morning,” Hill added. “Keur noted that, throughout the run, there will be eight-foot canvases at which competitors can stop and paint. Fans can also sign up for a $35 ticket package that includes game tickets, a bobblehead and a pregame painting class taught by certified instructors wearing Bob Ross wigs.”
From 1983-1994, Ross hosted “The Joy of Painting” on CBS. He died of lymphoma in 1995. Ross was born in Daytona Beach.
The Tortugas have definitely pulled out all of the stops to honor their native son. Additionally, Minor League Baseball is filled with zany promotional events. But even in the crowded field, Daytona might just have come up the best one that we’ve seen in a long time.
Well done, Tortugas.