The Akron RubberDucks, a double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, host “Brian Williams’ Pants-on-Fire Night” on April 27, aka National Tell a Story Day.
The team promises to burn a pair of pants, hold tryouts for fans on its video board for NBC’s next anchor with the team sending the winning audition to 50 Rockefeller Center, and stage a game called Two Truths and a Brian Williams, more commonly known as Two Truths and Lie. The first hundred fans entering Canal Park win free suspenders, presumably in reference to the six-month leave NBC imposed on the anchor. The team encourages anyone named Brian Williams to attend the game for a chance to throw out the first pitch.
NBC suspended its longtime anchor for six months this week after veterans questioned the veracity of Williams’s story about a helicopter flight he took in Iraq. Williams expropriated the experiences of passengers in another chopper to convey the idea that he came under fire during the Iraq War. Other stories told by the news reader, including vivid tales of witnessing a suicide and a body floating by his hotel during Hurricane Katrina, have come under scrutiny as well.
Akron takes on the Altoona Curve, a Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate, on the special night. The RubberDucks hope to sell all 9,097 seats in Canal Park through the promotion. And if the Ducks don’t, they can just call a half-empty park a sellout as so many teams do. It is “Brian Williams’ Pants-on-Fire Night.”
No word on whether Brian Williams will attend to tell fans about the time he hit a grand slam to win the World Series. Our sources say he has some free time that evening.