Don’t look now, but Purple Amnesty Day — the one day of the year when I grudgingly acknowledge and even celebrate the world’s most accursed color — is just a month and a half away! And just like last year, when I went out to Denver, dressed from head to toe in purple, and sat with Uni Watch readers in the Rockies’ purple row of seats, I have a live event in the works.
Here’s the deal: As you may be aware, the East Carolina University baseball team has been wearing a new set of “powder purple” uniforms this season. And if you think they look like, um, a bit much in that unveiling photo above, check out how they look on the field:
In short, they are exquisitely garish — and I’m going to spend this year’s Purp Walk celebrating them, in person.
As you may recall, Purp Walk usually takes place on May 17, but this year we’re going to observe it on Tuesday, May 16, when ECU will be hosting Campbell at Clark-LeClair Stadium in Greenville, N.C. Here’s what will take place:
- ECU will wear their powder purple uniforms for the May 16 game.
- I will fly down to Greenville, dress up in full purple (or maybe even an ECU powder purple uni, if they can provide one for me), and throw out the first pitch.
- For Uni Watch readers who want to attend the game, ECU has graciously provided discounted tickets for sitting in their outfield “Jungle” seating area.
- The game starts at 6pm. Around 8pm, I will leave the game and go to a local bar to host a Uni Watch gathering. Readers watching the game can go with me, or they can stay until the end of the game and come to the bar later. It’s also fine if you want to skip the game entirely and just attend the party. (I thought about holding the party before the game, like we did last year, but we’d have to start pretty early, when most people will be working, so I figured a postgame gathering would be better.)
- ECU’s live purple-costumed mascot, PeeDee the Pirate, will visit us at the ballpark. I’m hoping he’ll come to the postgame gathering as well.
So those are the basics, but a lot of details are still in flux, starting with the party location. The ECU folks suggested that I do it at Sup Dogs, but that looks like it might be a bit more Barstool-ish than I’d prefer, and I see that there are a few places much closer to the stadium, like Carolina Ale House and Coco’s. If anyone in the Greenville area can recommend a non-douchey place that can handle a group of 20-ish people dressed in purple on a Tuesday night, I’m all ears.
Also, it would be good to have a local point person who I can rely on to coordinate a few things. If you live in or near Greenville and would like to be my attaché, please let me know pronto-like. Thanks!
Naturally, we’ll have a new Purp Walk T-shirt design, and possibly hats as well — that’s all in the works as we speak.
I’ll have more details soon — stay tuned!