FRISCO, Texas (Feb. 27, 2017) – And the Academy Award for Best Picture goes to …
With all due respect to La La Land, the Frisco RoughRiders are bringing back nationally-acclaimed “Runner-Up Night” on Tuesday, May 16 at Dr Pepper Ballpark to celebrate many of the all-time great second-place finishers from the world of sports and entertainment. Fittingly, this special night of seconds is set for the second game of the second homestand during the second month of the season.
This is not a joke.
The RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, plan to celebrate second-place finishers, and especially La La Land, which momentarily took home the Oscar for Best Picture on Sunday night before Moonlight was correctly awarded the trophy. The envelope mix up not only led to a stunning reversal on live television, but proved the inspiration for this latest edition of Runner-Up Night.
“We all felt La La Land’s pain Sunday night,” RoughRiders Executive Vice President and General Manager Jason Dambach said. “While we can’t win all the time, there is no shame in finishing second, so we’ve once again decided to celebrate the runner-up. And it sure beats third place.”
The RoughRiders’ first Runner-Up Night was held last season after Steve Harvey’s Miss Universe flub and gained national attention from ESPN’s Darren Rovell, FOX Sports, CBS Sports, ABC News and the Dallas Morning News. Plans are already underway to hold another one next season depending on the next major awards flub.
The RoughRiders are extending honorary invitations to the cast and crew of La La Land, which did win six Oscars including Emma Stone (actress) and Damien Chazelle (direction), to serve as VIP guests during Runner-Up Night. Also receiving invitations are star Ryan Gosling and Jordan Horowitz, the film’s producer who graciously presented the Academy Award to Moonlight once the real winner was sorted out on stage, and Jimmy Kimmel to serve as the on-field host for the evening.
On a night celebrating famed second-place finishes, the RoughRiders are also inviting Presidential runner-up (and popular vote winner) Hillary Clinton, Beyoncé (Album of the Year, Grammys), Ryan Blaney (Indy 500), the Atlanta Falcons and the Cleveland Indians. The team is also honoring other famous seconds, such as Miss Columbia Ariadna Gutiérrez Arevalo (Miss Universe), Bill Murray (Second City), Meghan Linsey (The Voice), turkey sandwiches (Thanksgiving) and Thomas Edmund Dewey (Dewey defeats Truman).
Like all RoughRiders home games, fans will have the chance to participate in on-field games, but on Runner-Up Night, prizes will be awarded for second place. Other in-game festivities include a search to crown North Texas’ Second-Biggest Movie Buff, Riders players wearing tuxedoes in their headshots, Midland players in ball gowns and visiting lineups cut short with “play off” music due to length.
Tickets for Opening Day on April 6, the Texas League All-Star Game on June 27 and all 70 regular-season home games will be available March 3, the same day baseball returns to Dr Pepper Ballpark with the Frisco College Baseball Classic. Tickets for the Frisco Classic (March 3-5), featuring Arizona, Arkansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma State are on sale now. A special Frisco Classic & RoughRiders 4 Pack includes four Frisco Classic Tickets, four RoughRiders Flex Tickets and four RoughRiders souvenirs for only $99.
For information on single-game tickets, season tickets and other ticket packages visit RidersBaseball.com, call (972) 731-9200 or stop by the RoughRiders Ticket Office.
About the RoughRiders
The Frisco RoughRiders are the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers and play their games at beautiful Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas. The team was founded in 2003 and has finished first among all Double-A franchises in attendance in each of the last 12 seasons (2005-2016). In August 2014, the RoughRiders were purchased by an ownership group led by Chuck Greenberg and Scott Sonju. The new ownership group, together with the city of Frisco, has spearheaded numerous major franchise improvements over the past two seasons, investing more than $7 million in a wide array of facility upgrades and improvements, including a new state-of-the-art HD video board, sound system, Bull Moose Saloon, InTouch Grille, Riders Outpost Team Store, and the newest and biggest creation, the 174-foot Choctaw Lazy River. The upgrades made prior to the 2015 season earned the Riders and the City of Frisco “Best Ballpark Renovation” of 2015 by Ballpark Digest. The same publication also honored the Choctaw Lazy River as the best ballpark improvement over $1 million for the 2016 season. More than 140 former RoughRiders players have gone on to play Major League Baseball, including All-Stars Chris Davis, Adrian Gonzalez, Ian Kinsler, and Nelson Cruz, as well as current Rangers stars Elvis Andrus, Rougned Odor, and Nomar Mazara. For more information on the Frisco RoughRiders and Dr Pepper Ballpark, please visit RidersBaseball.com or contact Art Garcia atAGarcia@RidersBaseball.com or Ryan Rouillard at RRouillard@RidersBaseball.com.