Fisher Cats with ultimate promotion and a whole lot of ice cream

Now, there are minor league baseball promotions, and there are promotions to die for.

Allow me to slide my Tom King bobblehead (Silver Knights, 2014!) over and talk about the promotion of all

promotions for a minute.

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats are hunting their five-millionth fan of all time.

That patron was/is expected to pass through the turnstile either Thursday night vs. Altoona or when the Fishers return home to Northeast Delta Dental Stadium on Wednesday against the

Portland Sea Dogs.

I admit it. I took a shot and picked up a pair of tickets for Wednesday night, and it wasn’t because I wanted to get a close-up look at Red Sox top prospect Michael Chavis. I mean, have you peeked at what “Mr. or Ms. Five Million” gets?

We’re talking a year supply of Hood ice cream, half-year Fisher Cats tickets and a pair of suite tickets for every SNHU Arena event this winter.

Add in a stack of gift cards and a weekend hotel stay, and you’re talking one of the great ideas of our time.

Give it up for the Fisher Cats, a great minor league success story. And folks, just in case, I’m already working on my acceptance speech.

A bit of a blow

I have to admit it. Wednesday night’s Red Sox loss in Philadelphia was a huge blow to my “#120and42” Twitter campaign.

But the telling shot is being delivered by the suddenly, horrendously fading New York Yankees. With no pressure on the Sox to win, Alex Cora will continue to baby (that’s a positive, folks) his starting pitchers and experiment in the bullpen (See Drew Pomeranz’s Wednesday night spontaneous combustion as the latest example).

That means 110 wins or so, a great season by any standard but not my earth-shattering count.

By the way, for my #120and42 to happen, the Sox would have to go 34-6 the rest of the way.

Silver Knights reunion

Former Nashua Silver Knights Max Burt, a Northeastern product, and Mickey Gasper, a Merrimack native and former Bryant University catcher, continue their summer as teammates with the Pulaski (Va.) Yankees of the Appalachian Rookie League.

Gasper (27th) and Burt (28th) went in back-to-back rounds to the Yanks, and by all accounts, both are succeeding at this level.

Burt, an infielder, has started 46 games and Gasper 33 behind the plate for the 26-28 Yankees.

Playing time for late-round picks is huge.

Burt hits the weekend at .265, while Gasper is hitting .245 with a superb OPS of .905. He is in the App League top 10 with eight homers.

Hector Longo can be reached at 594-1253,, or on Twitter @mvcreature