July 16th, 2010
12:54 PM ET
4 years ago

Greene figurines coming soon to South Carolina

A minor league baseball team says it will pass out Alvin Greene statues at an upcoming game.
A minor league baseball team says it will pass out Alvin Greene statues at an upcoming game.

(CNN) – Democratic Senate candidate Alvin Greene's economic stimulus plan is coming to fruition, with an assist from an unlikely source: The Charleston RiverDogs, a minor league baseball team.

Greene raised eyebrows when, in the wake of his primary victory, he suggested to The Guardian, a British newspaper, that one idea to help create jobs in his state is to "make toys of me, especially for the holidays. Little dolls. Like maybe action dolls. Me in an army uniform, air force uniform, and me in my suit."

It's an idea the South Carolina native did not back away from in an interview with CNN last week.

"The reaction has been good. I am a true American hero and if any of the toy companies want to put something like that forward that would be good." He said he has not received any inquiries. He said it would help spur retail sales. "Just a good positive thing for the kids" is how he described it.

And now, the Charleston RiverDogs, the New York Yankees single-A club, are stepping into the void left by America's apparently uninterested toy companies.

The RiverDogs say they will be handing out miniature statues bearing Greene's likeness to the first 1,000 fans through the gates during Saturday night's game against the Augusta GreenJackets.

Minor league baseball teams are known for their zany promotions and publicity stunts, but Saturday's event might spur some measure of economic growth. That's because the club is promising to hire extra workers specifically to hand out the statues.

Actor and comedian Bill Murray is a part-owner of the RiverDogs (and listed as the club's director of fun). The club's President is Mike Veeck who, according to the team website, operates "with the belief that anything is possible and no idea too silly."


Filed under: 2010 • Alvin Greene • South Carolina
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Tiffany

    Oh my.

    July 16, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  2. DJ in TX

    It's not like a Democrat had any chance anyway, but if this guy gets 1 vote (I guess he could vote for himself). I'd be surprised. I don't like DeMint at all. If I lived in SC, I would stay home that day.

    Will they have a ballott "not him"?? I might vote that person.

    July 16, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. bbrooker

    We ARE talking about the Senate of the United States, right?? Someone with all the qualifications of a Burger King manager is a nominee for the Senate? This is an even bigger head scratcher than Palin's popularity among Republicans. Every South Carolinian who voted for THIS guy (no knock on you personally Mr. Greene, but we ARE talking the Senate) should seriously think about going back to school and finishing the 6th grade.

    July 16, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. jeff jackson, alabama

    The American dream is alive and well in S.C.
    Nice to see an everyday chump elected to
    represent everyday people.

    July 16, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. Ben in Texas

    The Alvin Greene situation has to be the result of Repugnant dirty tricks. Even in SC, nothing this bizarre happens without plotting and planning by the ruling elite.

    We know from court testimony that something similar has been brewing in Texas, where people from Rick Perry's campaign funneled money through a Missouri outfit to the Green Party in Texas to get them on the ballot for governor, in an attempt to split the Democrats.

    Repugnants, beginning at least as far back as Nixon, wrote the book on electoral dirty tricks. KKKarl Rove's history is chock full of similar underhanded moves, including all the mess in Ohio and Florida in 2000.

    July 16, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. Thank God I am a Democrat

    Repubs are going to come on here and rip on this guy. God willing this is the only time I will agree with them but I don't blame them if they do. If this guy were a repub I would be on here ripping him. I am sure Mr. Greene is a good guy personally but as far as his political ambitions go I think this whole thing is a sham. To suggest that he will create jobs by having people make dolls of him is...is...I AM SPEECHLESS. I am as hard core liberal as they come and I just can't find a way to justify supporting Mr. Greene on the democratic ticket.

    July 16, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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