July 18th, 2013
Today marks the beginning of Mascot Mania, a competition where YOU decide who has the best mascot in all of minor league baseball. From now until August 1 is Round One, in which the ‘Riders mascot, Deuce, is competing against the other seven mascots from the Texas League.
Last year was the inagural year of the Mascot Mania, but the rules have changed this season. Deuce needs only to outlast the other Texas League mascots to capture victory and make it the finals.
Dates: Round One begins on Thursday, July 18 and runs through noon on Thursday, August 1. Round Two starts around 2 PM EDT on Thursday, August 1 and ends at noon EDT on Thursday, August 8.
Matchups: Every team will be in a group with the other teams from its League for Round One. Deuce is in a round with the other Texas League mascots. Each League winner will advance to Round Two to compete for the overall championship. The overall winner will receive a “Championship Belt”:
How to vote:
Fans can vote in two different ways –
a) Online – Fans can vote an unlimited number of times through the online ballot. Vote here.
b) Twitter – fans can vote via Twitter by using the hashtag mascotmania (#mascotmania) and by including the club Twitter handle in the tweet (@RidersBaseball). You can vote up to 25 times per account per day on Twitter. Retweets count as well, so encourage retweeting in your tweets.
Sweepstakes and prizes:
The campaign features a sweepstakes where fans can win MLB.TV subscriptions, MiLB.TV subscriptions, MLB.com & MiLB.com shop giftcards. Fans can enter through the ballot or by tweeting their vote and following @MiLB.
In addition, the RoughRiders are encouraging fans to vote by giving away some sweet RoughRiders gear! A few select fans who vote on Twitter will be selected at the conclusion of the contest and will win RoughRiders merchandise, autographs or special VIP tours of Dr Pepper Ballpark.
Vote early! Vote late! Vote often! And spread the word!
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