(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."