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World records to be challenged in Troy, Charleston

Tri-City ValleyCatsTwo Minor League Baseball teams are challenging world records this week: the Tri-City ValleyCats (short season A; NY-Penn League) is going after pirate eye patches, while the Charleston RiverDogs (Low Class A; Sally League) are pushing kazoos.

Tomorrow night — August 13 — is Pirate Night at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, and the ValleyCats will attempt to set a world record for the largest gathering of people wearing pirate eye patches. Currently, that record does not exist.

The first 4,500 fans through the gates will receive an eye patch, and at a point during the game, will ask the fans to make sure they are wearing the patch. The feat will then be captured on film to make it official.

On Saturday — August 16 — the RiverDogs will attempt to break the world record for largest kazoo ensemble, which currently hums in to the tune of 5,190.

During the RiverDogs game with the Rome Braves, attendees will receive an official wristband and USA-made kazoo from Beaufort-based Kazoobie Kazoos. After the final out, a group of mystery conductors will lead the crowd in a kazoo-drenched rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

The promo is in association with the Charleston Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA).

“We want to do something that is out-of-the-box, that will put Charleston in the spotlight, and is worthy of a RiverDogs promotion,” said CARTA Marketing Director Michelle Emerson. “This kazoo promotion is no live prostate exam, but it will do.”

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