This is rather embarrassing, in my opinion.
The Brewers and Amtrak are running a promotion giving a free Amrak ticket to Chicago for the first 100 fans who buy single game tickets to the September 17 Brewers-Cubs game at Wrigley and bring their game ticket.
Oh, and they get a "Miller Park South" T-Shirt.
Christ. Did Corey Hart put the marketing department up to this?
Rather than trying to manufacture some stupid promotion, I prefer when things happen organically.
Cubs fans come to Miller Park for several reasons, some of which include the following: (a) tickets are cheaper and more available; (b) they live in Kenosha, Burlington or Gurnee and pretend they're from Chicago; (c) it's not a pain in the ass to get there; (d) concrete is unlikely to fall on their heads; (e) it doesn't smell like Old Style and piss at Miller Park; (f) no sword fights in a trough like at Wrigley; (g) tailgating; and/or (h) to get the chance to throw down with some clown from West Allis.
So if the Brewers would just raise ticket prices, eliminate the parking lots, take a jackhammer to the upper deck, allow the circus to store the animals, who are fed a strict Old Style diet, at Miller Park for a week prior to a Cubs/Brewers series, rip out the urinals and replace them with a drain and ban anyone residing in Kenosha, Burlington, Gurnee or West Allis from coming to the game, then maybe Cubs fans would stop coming to Miller Park.
If the Cubs would build a nice new stadium with expansive parking lots in Northbrook or something that seats 40,000, Brewers fans might start rolling down the tollway in large numbers.
Giving 100 Brewers fans a freaking T Shirt and a train ticket is not going to make Wrigley Field "Miller Park South". In fact, I would kick my own ass if I were caught wearing a Miller Park South T Shirt. Which might take a while, on account of the fact that I'm not much of a fighter.
Oh yeah, pitchers and catchers report tomorrow. Finally.