UPDATE: MLB and Chevrolet pull the “Silverado Strong” promotion
UPDATE: Wiser heads have prevailed: the “Silverado Strong” promotion has been cancelled.
Michael Albano, Chevrolet Spokesperson issued the following statement:
Well, whether Chevy had a campaign going beforehand isn’t the point. They can do whatever they want with the campaign. It’s the intersection of the “Silverado Strong” and “Boston Strong” in dueling on-field World Series promotions which was the problem.
Either way: that’s a smart call. Of course, how no one considered that this was tacky until just before game time is beyond me.
ST. LOUIS -- When I got to the ballpark today I noticed a bunch of little pieces of cardboard on the lower level seats. Some down by the left and right field lines are clearly the MLB logo. From where I’m sitting I can see the third base line and can clearly see the word “Strong.” “Hmm, ‘Boston Strong,’” I thought? A nice gesture, but it seems a bit out of place in St. Louis.
But no, it’s not a tribute to Boston and its post-Marathon bombing recovery. It’s about trucks that are second to none. This pic via Reddit:
Commitment to youth baseball is admirable. But the slogan and placards seem to be just as much if not more of a commitment to advertising Chevy trucks. And while the city of Boston doesn’t have a trademark on the word “strong,” they did have the words displayed on their field first, and for purposes that don’t mix the good cause with the commerce:
Wondering how the folks in Boston will take this. Wondering whether anyone at MLB or Chevy realized that, maybe, this wasn’t the greatest idea when it comes to large, on-field sloganeering.