PEORIA — Count the Peoria Chiefs organization among those reveling in LeBron James and the Miami Heat losing the NBA Finals this week.
The Midwest League ballclub pulled no punches with a press release Tuesday loaded with zingers directed at James.
The team said it will give away a replica of James’ championship ring — non-existent bling, to be sure — to all fans in attendance at Thursday’s game against Wisconsin.
Game time is 7 p.m. at O’Brien Field.
The Chiefs said they plan to celebrate the Chicago Bulls’ championship teams of the 1990s — a “true champion,” the release said.
The tongue-in-cheek jabs at James continued as the Chiefs said they are looking into the possibility of skipping the fourth inning Thursday night.
“We aren’t sure if the league will allow it,” team president Rocky Vonachen said. “But if LeBron doesn’t need to show up for the fourth, maybe we won’t either.”
The Chiefs also said they will giveaway a replica of the James’ Finals MVP award. The MVP, of course, wasn’t James, but Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki.
Finally, the team plans to give fans an opportunity to learn to perform the Heimlich maneuver “to prevent themselves or colleagues from choking in a big situation.”
“Really this is just us getting back to the real world and waking up today and trying to solve our own personal problems,” said ticket sales vice president Eric Obalil.
The Chiefs also said NASCAR driver Jeff Burton will throw out the first pitch and sign autographs. That promotion is presumably true.