Nailers Plan Shred Rodriguez Night
There’s no truth to the rumor the Wheeling Nailers have channeled the spirit of the late Bill Veeck to assist their promotions department. Veeck, widely known for his innovative baseball promotions, had no hand in what the Nailers are planning, but it certainly rivals his work.
Saturday night at WesBanco Arena will be ‘‘Shred Rich Rodriguez Night’’ as the Nailers play host to the Charlotte Checkers. Rodriguez, who reportedly took the time to shred files in his WVU office before departing to become the head coach at the University of Michigan, will have the favor returned Saturday night.
‘‘Everybody is so upset,’’ Nailers co-President Rob Brooks said Monday. ‘‘We wanted to let (fans) release some frustration, and we’ll release some frustration of our own.
‘‘(Co-President) Jim (Brooks) and I challenged our ticket staff to come up with a good promotion for the first two games of February.’’
The Nailers are offering discounted tickets to any fan that brings in a newspaper article or picture of the former West Virginia University football coach to contribute to the industrial-sized paper shredder that will be stationed in the concourse. Additionally any fan who wears WVU apparel to the game will receive $2 off their ticket price.
Ohio State fans will also receive the discount by wearing their gear to the game to demonstrate their mutual distaste for Michigan.
‘‘It’s just amazing all the talk on ESPN and in national newspapers — everything Rodriguez does is news,’’ Rob said. ‘‘We’re part of West Virginia too, and we wanted to show we’re just as unhappy as the fans are.
‘‘Emotions can go pretty strong when it’s a team everyone loves so much. It’s part of every citizen in West Virginia’s life.’’
Any fan caught wearing University of Michigan apparel will be charged double in order to help Rodriguez pay his $4 million buyout to WVU, according to Nailers officials.
Additionally, if your first name is Rich or your last name is Rodriguez, your ticket will be $8.25. If your name happens to be Rich Rodriguez you will get in free. Except, of course, if you actually are Coach Rich Rodriguez, then you will be barred from the building and escorted outside state lines, according to the team.
Tickets can be obtained at www.wheelingnailers.com or by calling 304-234-GOAL.
The Nailers are also home at 7:35 p.m. Friday against the Cincinnati Cyclones. Wheeling (14-24-2-3 — 33), which is coming off a 6-5, shootout victory in Trenton on Sunday, is five points behind the Devils for the ECHL North Division’s fifth and final playoff spot with 29 games to go in the regular season.
The victory by Coach Greg Puhalski’s club helped snap a five-game winless streak, which came on the heels of an unbeaten streak of the same length to begin Puhalski’s tenure.