Why is Jimmy Buffett so popular? Why does the singer/songwriter have such a devoted fan base of Parrotheads?
Buffett’s popularity probably has a lot to do with the “island escapism” lifestyle that he promotes.
What a grand concept, escapism — that notion that we all need to get away from it all, to escape to our own slice of paradise.
With that said, we hope you can come out and relax with a nine-inning vacation at The Hive tomorrow night when we host our annual Jimmy Buffett Night. No, Jimmy cannot make it once again this year. But his escapism spirit will be alive and well. We’ll do our best to transform the ballpark into a tropical getaway, replete with palm trees, parrots, beachside landscapes, and our very own Margaritaville. We’ll be playing all of the popular Buffett classics over the P.A. system during the game, and you’ll give yourself a chance to win prizes every time you buy a cheeseburger or margarita.
And the fun doesn’t end with the completion of tomorrow’s 6 p.m. game against the Swing of the Quad Cities. If you stay a little bit longer, you can catch a couple bonus on-field promotions after the game. Mann’s McDonald’s is once again sponsoring our annual “Cheeseburger-in-Paradise Eating Contest,” and we still have a few open spots. Immediately following that contest, we will invite all ladies 18 and older for a good old-fashioned Diamond Dig (just like we had last year, pictured above), sponsored by Vaughn Jewelers, Inc. and Sunny 97.7 FM in Monmouth. This year, the buried treasure is a pair of diamond ear rings with a total weight of .6 karats.
Tomorrow is also Western Illinois Community Night. Residents of the Land of Lincoln can show their I.D. to get G.A. tickets for just $3. We’ll also have more loaves of Sara Lee bread to hand out as you leave the park.