Mar 11, 2014; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard hat lies on the infield during batting practice before playing the Atlanta Braves in a spring training exhibition game at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Phillies affiliate, Williamsport Crosscutters, to don ugly Christmas sweater jerseys

I noted in a recent post that independent league teams are always looking for that one promotion to top all the others promotions that are out there. In that same post, Pete Rose managed a game for the Independent Bridgeport Bluefish. These clubs have to find a way to fill those seats. There’s been a few rather creative ones that have hit this season.

Same goes for those minor league clubs that have a MLB affiliation, too.

Well, I may have come across one that does top all the others. At least in my book it does.

Now comes the Williamsport Crosscutters, the Philadelphia Phillies rep in the short-season New York-Penn league (A-). They have a promotion that rivals those of the Fresno Grizzles and their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles jerseys or any Star Wars themed jerseys ever created. There’s even a Fresh Prince inspired jersey from the State College Spikes, also of the New York-Penn League.

But how does the sight of ugly Christmas sweater jerseys grab you?

The Crosscutters aren’t the first minor league franchise to implement this. Chris Creamer of sportslogos.net tells of a ECHL club, the Reading Royals, affiliate of the NHL’s Washington Capitals, having a rather dreadful looking Christmas sweater as well.

As part of the Crosscutters “Halfway to Christmas” promotion, anyone bringing a new, unwrapped toy to their box office will receive a free general admission ticket. All toys donated will go to the local Toys for Tots campaign. Also, fans will be able to bid on the game-worn jerseys with all proceeds also benefiting the local Toys for Tots.

Sweet move, but those jerseys…

And Williamsport should be a familiar city to you. South Williamsport, which sits across the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, serves as host to the Little League World Series.

Now that I think about it, this might have served as inspiration to the Crosscutters creative team…

Yep, that’s Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon. Eeesh…

Which is uglier: Papelbon’s or the Crosscutters?

(Call to Ryan Lawrence, Phillies beat writer for the Philadelphia Daily News)

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