JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A minor league baseball team in Florida is hoping to break as many laws as possible as part of its “Florida Man Night.”
For the people reading this award-winning news story who don’t spend all their time on the internet, “Florida man” is a meme featuring someone doing something bizarre such as getting a DUI while riding a lawnmower or eating pancakes in the middle of the road to stop traffic.
“Florida man” is typically used for the story’s headline instead of a description of various actual people who hail from or live in Florida. Reddit even has a subreddit for the most bizarre “Florida man” stories.
The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, the Double-A affiliate for the Miami Marlins, will pay homage to “Florida man” later this summer. The team will attempt to break a weird Florida law every inning during its game on July 26.
Team personnel has yet to announce which state laws they will break. Also, if the games go into extra innings, we'll see if the Jumbo Shrimp staff has a plan to break additional laws not initially planned. The Jumbo Shrimp typically play nine-inning games.
On Twitter, the Jumbo Shrimp announced the law offices of John Phillips have signed on as the official sponsor of the “Florida Man Night.”
“There WILL be a lawyer in the house!” the tweet reads.
The team is no stranger to strange promotions. The Jumbo Shrimp gave out pregnancy tests in June 2016 for its “You Might Be the Father’s Day” promotion, which ran ahead of actual Father’s Day that season.
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