The headline act of the evening will be Ted Batchelor. For those of you who aren't familiar with his work, Mr. Batchelor owns the Guinness World Record for the "Longest full-body burn without supplied oxygen." His record time stands at two minutes, 57 seconds. He's also part of a second World Record. This one was a joint effort, as he and 17 of his crew members broke the record for having set the "most people on fire simultaneously." Sounds like a typical Batchelor party to me.
The Sand Gnats will be providing one lucky fan with the opportunity of a lifetime. Just prior to the start of their firework show, one fan will be chosen at random to set Mr. Batchelor ablaze as he tries to round the bases. That's right, the team is letting a fan set him on fire.
The team's President, John Katz, calls this promotion a "game-changer." He explains:
Your move, Hickory Crawdads.Instead of having our promotions crew do the Cha-Cha Slide between the game and the fireworks, we're going to light a match and make some memories. Some really, really cool memories.
Please, don't worry about Batchelor. He'll be fine. In fact, he's been practicing -- yes, practicing -- for this event. Just last month he set himself on fire for two minutes and 28 seconds. No more complaining about early morning practices, kids. This guys lights himself on fire to practice.
For those of you who cannot make it to Savannah to witness the hottest promotion in baseball, I've been told that MiLB's Benjamin Hill will be providing photos and videos of the event. Thank you, Internet.