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McCollum's Column: Again, clunkers move onto the diamond

Posted: August 22, 2014 - 6:34pm

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Fueled by an assortment of Clunker Cars, the Arkansas Travelers reached a milestone Thursday.

According to Drew Williams of Conway, the Travs’ ticket manager, the central Arkansas minor league team reached 300,000 fans for the season, something not achieved last year.

Williams said the Travelers, pretty much a sure thing the Texas League playoffs, will achieve their highest attendance total since 2009.

Great summer weather. Pretty good team.

But much of the attraction of Traveler baseball is the fan experience. The promotions, particularly on weeknights, have seemed to be more consistent. Much of the emphasis has focused on special causes and special events for various college and business groups. Arkansas-Monticello held a special event Thursday.

The Travelers’ final homestand concludes this weekend and Monday with a flurry — including the always popular Clunker Car Night and midget wrestling (Saturday).

One twist on Clunker Car Night was most of the vehicles are from this century.

Still with issues.

One, with smoke coming out of the exhaust pipe, just made the circle about the park before reportedly dying in the parking lot.

“The AC works, the speedometer doesn’t,” said the announcer.

Another was promoted as “not having that new car smell.”

One vehicle was in tow, so “to protect the newly polished wheels,” fans were told.

One of the older models was described as “we are not certain but suspect it was used in World War II.”

Still on the Dickey-Stephens property are at least two boats not claimed from the inaugural Clunker Boat Night.

No trailer and a couple of unspotted holes probably discouraged potential claimers.

Many of the cars could be claimed from “lucky numbers” on programs and bingo cards.

Or “unlucky numbers,” mused one fan.

It’s all in fun. And for those who like to tinker, it could be fine for a hobby — or parts.

Williams said the Travelers are already finalizing their promotions for next season, which promises to be better.

We suspect there were been another line of older-model vehicles with old-age issues.

The supply of clunkers seems to have no exhaust.

(Sports columnist David McCollum can be reached at 501-505-1235 or david.mccollum@thecabin.net or follow him on twitter @dmaclcd)

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