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. Jazzzzzzzz

    NBA is so exciting. Back and forth. I usually have a chorizo pizza while I watch the game. I have been told that I look hot in a black mini skirt. He he. (Shrug) I put out if the guy is hot as me.

    June 15, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Elsa

    Well Jazzzz you think highly of yourself.

    June 15, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jazzzzzzzz

    Gay men are usually in it for fun and quick .s. E. Xx. We gay women want deep feelings first. The br ride means so much more then.

    June 15, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy

    That's troll Jazzzzzzz. The real Jazzz doesn't think that way.

    Concerning the LJ ring:

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 15, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. craig

    Not a fan of the Heat at all – but this is a bit too much. There is no reason for some disconnected single A ball team to attempt such a goofball publicity stunt such as this. It's a classless move, even if somewhat amusing. If i were Lebron, I would be enjoying the piling up on him. At some point stunts like this will eventual convince the public that enough is enough – its a game after all.

    June 15, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Domino's Pizza

    Jazzzzzzzz stop calling us. We DO NOT serve green snot on any pizza.

    June 15, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Paco

    Senorita Jazzzzzzzz we no serve it green snot with burrito. Me very sorry. No call me no more. Gracias

    June 15, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy


    June 15, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cesar The Chorizo Champ Of Chihuahua

    Lebron is one of the worst NBA players in league history. He is classless and very minor league. If the Heat were smart, they'd get rid of him.

    June 15, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Wicked Troll of the West

    I wuv u banasy. I do I do. I wuv u.

    June 15, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    That was fun. Do it again, with a Castillian lisp.
    A NYC building super taught me my best Spanish (Latino) sentence decades ago: "no es ma problem."

    June 15, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Pop

    All of u people are mad because u aint LBJ and makes 100 million a year he can care less about a minor league team that he can buy and btw when he does win it all that will be the greatest day ever in america

    June 15, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy


    Not my problem?

    June 15, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy

    I wuv you, too.

    June 15, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Maxwell Perkins

    @ Pop:
    Look at this:


    It's a period. Throw one in every now and then.
    You're right: the celebrity is rich. He may get it together and show 'em all.

    June 15, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
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