Minor-league baseball team to give fans rings like LeBron's
LeBron James has gone eight seasons without winning an NBA title.
June 15th, 2011
12:59 PM ET

Minor-league baseball team to give fans rings like LeBron's

The Peoria Chiefs, a Class A minor-league affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, will give every fan attending Thursday night's game a replica of LeBron James' NBA championship ring. That means as each fan passes through the turnstiles of O'Brien Field, he or she will be handed ... nothing.

James' Miami Heat team fell to the Dallas Mavericks four games to two in the NBA finals, which ended Sunday night. James, who promised Heat fans multiple championships when he bolted Cleveland for South Beach last summer, has now gone eight seasons without being able to wear a championship ring.

James' performance in the NBA Finals was widely panned. A two-time regular season Most Valuable Player, James scored only 21 points in the fourth quarters of all six finals games combined.

Which gave the Chiefs a chance to pile on the promotions Thursday, when they take on the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

"The Chiefs are looking into whether or not the game can skip the fourth inning to honor King James who took off the fourth quarter of every finals game," the team said in a press release.

No word on whether the umpires will allow that, but these two promotions are beyond the league's control:

"One lucky fan will win a replica of James' 2011 Finals MVP Award which he earned with his clutch fourth quarter play. Fans will also have the opportunity to learn how to perform the Heimlich to prevent themselves or their colleagues from choking in a big situation," the Chiefs press release said.

But before they pile on James, the Chiefs may want to take a look at the Midwest League standings. The team is fifth place in the league's West Division.

Looks like the James replica rings are perfect for the Chiefs, too.

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Max is right, Pop.

    June 15, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Pop, I, too, love stars: especially when they come back and get even.

    June 15, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. snark

    Complete with riots?

    June 15, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy


    LJ is a good player. I don't hate anybody who makes $100 million.

    I do abhor tacky, no-class oafs, though.

    But LJ isn't one of *those*, now is he?

    June 15, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ banasy:
    Well, that's what he said.
    "There's no heat and it's 12 degrees F. outside."
    "No es ma problem."
    "There is no water–hot or cold."
    "No es ma problem."
    The water tank is leaking and it's dripping through the ceiling."
    "No es ma problem."
    It's not my problem.
    I wish I could work that into my life more than I have.

    June 15, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy


    Somewhat akin to "not my job", no?

    June 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Big Game James

    I think everybody else is stealing LeBron's bad karma by continuing to dump on him. The Mavs won and most media outlets are still talking about LeBron. That's a testament to how good he is.

    June 15, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy

    @Big Game James:

    He's good, yes.
    But people also like to hate the "bad boys" of *any* sport.

    June 15, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Big Game James

    @banasy true but when's the last time the hate has been this thick? Now the hate itself is being commercialized.

    June 15, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy

    @Big Game James:
    True, very true.

    I'm old school, however.
    I'm a die-hard Bulls fan *now*, because of Michael Jordan *then*.

    I wonder how many people will become lifelong fans of a team, because of *him*?

    June 15, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cesar

    He's no batter. No batter no batter. No batter. No batterrrrr. SWING!

    June 15, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dayv B.

    Come on it is a Cubs affliate. About time someone in the orginization tried some real comedy. As opposed to the on field dark comedy/tragedy that is that whole organizaton.

    June 16, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. chuck wagon

    It's bad the number of people that are out to rag on Lebron but a MINOR LEAGUE team. Isn't that the almost but not quite league?

    June 16, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  14. chuck wagon

    It’s bad enough the number of people that are out to rag on Lebron but a MINOR LEAGUE team. Isn’t that the almost but not quite league?

    June 16, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
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