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Some ideas for the Stroll Inn's next promotion

The story about the Pirates strong-arming the Stroll Inn seems to be taking a life of its own.

The latest revelation is that the owner claimed Frank Coonelly scolded her. You can hear the an interview here.

Again, the Pirates really should be more concerned with what's happening on the field than what others are doing off the field.

I still think the Stroll Inn should have kept the promotion. Maybe, however, the Stroll Inn realized that before too long, they would be giving away free pitchers of beer, or, it would have to pay customers to buy a pitcher, if losses exceeded the cost of the pitcher.

I'd like to see other bars offer a similar deal as a show of solidarity.

To help them along, here are some ideas to consider:

Bad Trade Night. Half off a beer every time the Pirates trade an established player for a minor leaguer.

Bad Pitcher Night. Half off a pitcher of beer every time a Pirates starter gives up more than five runs in a game.

Another game under .500 Night. For every game the team is under .500, you can get a pitcher of beer for a nickel off.

Help Maholm Night. $2 off a pitcher of beer for every game the Pirates fail to score more than two runs in a start by Paul Maholm.

Ultimate Weapon Night. A dollar off any drink when Coonelly or another Pirates official refers to a free-agent acquisition as a "weapon."

Best Management Team in Baseball Night. For each time Coonelly, Bob Nutting, Neal Huntington or any other Pirate official says something that just doesn't make much sense, you get $1 off a pitcher of beer. This one has the potential of being a nightly discount.

Half Off Night. All drinks are half off when the Pirates play in front of a PNC Park crowd that is at least half empty.

Free Beers for Everyone Night. Everyone in the establishment gets a free beer when Pirates ownership changes hands.

I think that last idea is one we all could drink to.

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