Though the extra-inning game may have cost Lakeland a shot at the world record, it probably made the promotion more successful.
Lakeland Tiger fans had to wait through two extra innings Friday night before they got their shot at breaking the world record for the largest game of Simon Says. They certainly lost some of their younger fans, but the delay meant that the game was played during a Tampa television station's late newscast.
Twice during its newscast the station went live to Joker Marchant Stadium to see how the Simon Says game was progressing. I suspect the Tigers front office will gladly trade the record for that kind of free publicity.
Lakeland GM Zach Burek is looking into another record breaking attempt later this season, possibly during the Florida State League's All-Star game. Maybe I’ll participate in that one.
For more information on the event, check out the story on minorleaguedugout.com.