Charleston RiverDogs to honor Charleston shooting victims
As befits a team whose ownership group includes Bill Murray and Mike (son of Bill) Veeck, the Charleston RiverDogs have a long-standing reputation for promotional zaniness.
But this week, and for the remainder of the season, irreverent theme jerseys and bizarre bobbleheads take a back seat to something far more profound. Beginning July 4, when the RiverDogs play their first home game of the season's second half, their jerseys will feature a black armband in tribute to the nine victims of the Emmanuel AME Church shooting.
For the second half of the season RiverDogs will don arm bands in memory of the victims of last week's shooting pic.twitter.com/0Vx83mqzcx— Charleston RiverDogs (@ChasRiverDogs) June 25, 2015
The armbands, located on the left sleeve, will be featured on both the home and road jerseys of the Class A New York Yankees affiliate. At the end of the season, the home jerseys will be auctioned off and the proceeds donated to a local charity directly involved with assisting those affected by the tragedy. The gray road tops will also be auctioned off, though the specifics of this initiative have yet to be determined.
"It's a traditional baseball gesture; simple, but poignant," said RiverDogs general manager Dave Echols. "The RiverDogs are extremely proud to represent the Lowcountry. The players and field staff … carry with them the remembrance of the victims and their families at the center of this horrible event."
"It means a lot to the players and coaches of this organization," said RiverDogs hitting coach Greg Colbrunn. "We bring the unity of the city with us wherever we go and hopefully we can continue to do our part in the community's healing process."
"I think it's an appropriate and touching sign of remembrance for the victims and their families," added infielder Ryan Lindemuth. "As players and as a team, we feel as though it's really special to be a part of the community and a part of the response that they've given so far."
July 4 marks the first of 61 times in which the RiverDogs will wear the memorial jerseys; 35 of those games will be played at the team's home of Joseph P. Reilly Jr. Park.