Do the truffle shuffle: This week in Minor League Baseball promotions
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This year marks the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future, and many Minor League teams are celebrating accordingly. But -- "Hey, You Guys" -- don't forget about Goonies, which also turns 30 this year. On Saturday, the Akron RubberDucks pay homage to this Steven Spielberg-produced swashbuckling classic with a giveaway that will immediately emblazon itself into your retinas.
The first 1,000 fans to truffle shuffle their way into the stadium receive this bobblebelly - yes, belly; the head remains stationary -- featuring a Goonie by the name of Lawrence Cohen.
You probably remember him as "Chunk."
The RubberDucks haven't stopped there. Complementing this eye-catching piece of pop culture paraphernalia will be an appearance by Corey Feldman, who played the role of fellow Goonie Clark "Mouth" Devereaux. Feldman is slated to sign autographs and pose for pictures throughout the ballgame, despite the fact that neither of those activities require him to use his mouth. True Goonies aficionados have the option to sign up for a pregame meet-and-greet, which includes face time with Feldman as well as guaranteed access to what well may become the most coveted bobblebelly in the history of Minor League Baseball. (Move over, Dallas Braden.)
The RubberDucks are to be commended for their Goonies tribute, but we must remember that the Lakewood BlueClaws were trailblazers in this regard. In 2010, the team brought Jeff Cohen, the actor who played Chunk, to the ballpark. That's Cohen on the right, judging a truffle shuffle contest. These days he doesn't have enough belly to bobble, but the memories remain.