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March 16, 2011

Illinois Baseball Team to Host "Senatorist Night"

Given The Hall's home office is in Rockford, Illinois...I will, from time to time, mix in a story or two of local interest.

This is one of those times.

Apparently, the Rockford Foresters, a summer collegiate wood bat team that is part of something called the "Great Plains League", announced Wednesday morning that they'll be hosting “Senatorist Night” this July.

You see, Rockford was one of the Illinois cities where the 14 Wisconsin democratic Senators hid out last month and, honestly, the gimmick is kinda clever.

Here's the skinny courtesy of the Foresters:

As part of Senatorist Night all 14 Wisconsin State Senators, who were once missing, will be invited to each throw out the first pitch at the Rockford Foresters baseball game. Also part of the festivities, all fans with the first names of the missing Senators will get in the game for free. All union members (teachers, contractors, etc) will also get into the game for free if they present their union card. Fans who first or last name is Walker, will be asked to pay their “fair share” of the Senators' ticket prices, which is $86 ($6 average ticket price multiplied by 14 tickets).

“Hosting Senatorist Night on July 16 is a humorous way to invite the once missing Wisconsin State Senators back to Rockford,” said the team's Owner/President Joe Stefani.

Apparently an open letter was sent this morning to the 14 Senators...stay tuned.  You can check out the Foresters online HERE.

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