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Baseball teams take a cue from Blago

Embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blogojevich gave a figurative middle finger to the choir of voices calling for him to step down today by naming a Senate successor to President-Elect Barack Obama.

Unsurprisingly, the person Blago named isn’t Bob Evans, the director of operations for the Quad Cities River Bandits, but you can’t blame the team for trying to grab some press by releasing a public endorsement for the Illinois resident last week.

Blago, of course, has been accused by federal investigators of trying to essentially auction off Obama’s Senate seat. The Quad Cities River Bandits offer included four club season tickets and a host of other perks “in exchange” for the appointment of Evans.

The Peoria Chiefs took it a little further by announcing last week that they will be auctioning off their two best “Senate” seats for each game this year. All proceeds from the seat auctions will go to charity.

Like the Washington Wild Things and countless other attention-hungry minor league teams before them, PR staff for the Chiefs and the River Bandits saw a chance for some headlines and went for it.

More power to them.

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