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River Bandits win eBay auction for affections of disenchanted Bucs fan

The Quad Cities River Bandits outbid several teams, including the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, for the eBay rights to Brad Davis's fan affections. The winning bid: $14.99.A lifelong Pittsburgh Pirates fan, 39-year-old Brad Davis recently put his team allegiance up for grabs on eBay. Citing 17 consecutive losing seasons and claiming he can no longer root for an organization that lacks the effort to succeed, Davis was looking for a change — and the Quad Cities River Bandits (Low Class A; Midwest League) offered just that. The organization added their newest fan for a mere $14.99, in the process showing the world that no amount of money is more important than a River Bandits fan.

“Our fans are the most important people in the world to us, and we’re not afraid to do what it takes to make sure they’re proud to be River Bandits fans,” said team owner Dave Heller. “We spend money on fireworks, bobblehead dolls, the best entertainment acts in the country, ballpark improvements and fantastic in-game and post-game promotions like last weekend’s Mega-Candy Drop to grow our fan base and keep our guests coming back for more. We offer the best family entertainment possible at affordable prices to ensure that River Bandits baseball remains the best value in town, and we’ll do anything to build our fan base.”

In winning the bidding for Davis’s loyalty the Bandits beat out several other bidders, including the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (High Class A; Carolina League). When the bidding was over last Friday evening, Davis officially became a River Bandits fan. In doing so, he pledged 100 percent loyalty and the intention of proudly wearing the team’s colors and logos.

“I am greatly looking forward to becoming a beloved River Bandits fan,” said Davis. “It’s quite an honor for me to be a fan of one of the finest organizations in all of professional sports. I will spend the coming days and weeks learning the past and current history of the franchise and its players. My goal is to be the River Bandits No. 1 fan.”

“Not only will we never turn our back on a potential River Bandits fan, but we will stop at nothing to add new ones into the fold,” said Vice President and General Manager Kirk Goodman. “We can’t wait to have Brad out to the ballpark for the first time so that we can introduce him to the unparalleled customer service and premium entertainment that we provide for every guest that enters Modern Woodmen Park.”

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