EDITORIAL: Let's pack the park on Wednesday
The York Revolution will donate 100 percent of ticket sales and partners with Bailey Coach and The Red Cross to help hurricane relief efforts.
This is your chance.
Your chance to finally visit downtown York for a Revolution baseball game.
Your chance to enjoy a family-friendly night at beautiful PeoplesBank Park.
Most importantly, however, it’s your chance to help some folks in desperate need of aid.
If you haven’t heard, the Revs plan to donate 100 percent of their ticket sales from their game on Wednesday, Sept. 6, to the American Red Cross to help the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in the Houston area. The team is partnering with Bailey Coach and the South Central Pennsylvania American Red Cross. Plus, PeoplesBank has agreed to match the donation, doubling the amount of money going to the Red Cross.
In addition, the Revs are encouraging fans to bring hygiene products — such as toilet paper, diapers, shampoo, etc. — as well as pet food to the 6:30 p.m. game against the Long Island Ducks.
Sponsoring events to benefit others is nothing new for the Revs. The organization has been involved in numerous charitable and civic functions during it decade-plus of existence.
This latest endeavor, however, is intensely personal for everyone associated with the organization. The York team is a member of the Atlantic League, which also features the Sugar Land Skeeters. Sugar Land is located just southwest of Houston, and the Skeeters’ stadium, Constellation Field, has been used as an emergency shelter for storm victims.
The Revs consider the Skeeters part of their extended baseball family.
"There's a connection for us," Revs president Eric Menzer said. "In this case, it's going beyond doing a nice thing, because we have a team near Houston. Some of us went down there to open up that ballpark. We know a number of people down there, business colleagues, who have families in that area."
Event could be truly special: Yes, this is just one of several relief efforts featuring York County folks, businesses and charitable organizations, all aimed at alleviating the suffering in Texas.
This event, however, has the potential to be something truly special.
It’s no big secret that many county residents avoid downtown York because of the perceived danger in the city.
There’s no denying that York has its share of crime, but the city is not nearly as hazardous as many make it out to be. The area around PeoplesBank Park, especially on game nights, is a safe environment. Just ask the hundreds of thousands of fans who flock to the stadium each year.
Wednesday’s game will present the perfect opportunity for hesitant suburban and rural residents to check out the city and the Revs.
We think they’ll like what they see. There are a number activities and venues to enjoy both at the park and outside the park, far beyond just the game.
It’s a great place to bring the kids. It’s a great place to watch baseball. And Wednesday, it will be a great place to help out millions of Americans in critical need.
An opportunity: This is an opportunity that should not be missed, for a variety of different reasons.
York County residents need to show up in force on Wednesday and pack the park.
It will show we are not afraid. It will show are unified. Most notably, it will show we are a caring and kind people.