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Old Dominion's Baseball Trailer Promotes Series Sweepstakes

Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

July 11, 2017

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Plexiglass panels reveal the trailer's load of baseballs. Each of the 14 panels, six in each side and two in the rear, weighs 300 pounds. Photos: Old Dominion Freight Line 
Plexiglass panels reveal the trailer's load of baseballs. Each of the 14 panels, six in each side and two in the rear, weighs 300 pounds. Photos: Old Dominion Freight Line

Major League Baseball bills itself as the “national pastime” and, notwithstanding the popularity of football and basketball, baseball is a fixation in the USA and several other countries. And did you know that MLB has an Official Freight Carrier?

It’s Old Dominion Freight Line, which is stepping up to the plate with a special promotional trailer holding an untold number of baseballs. It’s making its debut this week in Miami, where the annual All-Star Game will be played, starting at 7:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday night.

The vehicle promotes the sport and Old Dominion’s “OD Seats to the World Series” sweepstakes. OD will award a pair of tickets to one game of each of the next three World Series to the person who can come closest to guessing the number of baseballs it would take to fill this customized trailer.

“We’re helping our customers and fans celebrate the national pastime by delivering the ultimate premium experience – tickets to three consecutive World Series,” said David Carter, Old Dominion’s vice president of marketing communications, in a press release. “This prize underscores our daily promise to our customers, delivering premium service.”

Trailer was vinyl wrapped for the trip to Miami and the All Star Game. Wraps came off at Marlins Park. Tractor is a Freightliner New Cascadia.  
Trailer was vinyl wrapped for the trip to Miami and the All Star Game. Wraps came off at Marlins Park. Tractor is a Freightliner New Cascadia.

Wabash engineers designed the 28-foot by 102.3-inch pup trailer and workers at the plant in Lafayette, Ind., assembled it, OD says. It’s a Duraplate model modified with 14 plexiglass inserts, two in the rear and six in each side.

Each panel is 2 inches thick and weighs 300 pounds. Thus the trailer’s tare weight is much more than a standard pup van, 15,760 pounds vs. 9,700 pounds. And no, they're not revealing the payload, so you baseball fans can't divide that by the weight of an official MLB baseball, between 5 and 5.25 ounces. 

After the All-Star Game, the special Wabash National trailer and Freightliner tractor depart from Miami on July 12 and begin begin a cross-country tour through August, visiting the seven MLB Clubs that Old Dominion sponsors: the New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Angels, and Kansas City Royals. Fans can enter the sweepstakes online at odfl.com/tickets.

“The ‘OD Seats to the World Series’ tour allows us to connect with fans across the country, and introduce the Old Dominion brand to logistics and freight managers and baseball fans,” Carter said.

In addition to the sweepstakes and baseball trailer reveal, MLB legends Dave Winfield, Tim Raines, and Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez will appear at Old Dominion’s FanFest booth in the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Watch for the special trailer on the road during its 9,000-mile tour, Old Dominion says. These dates are subject to change:

  • New York Mets – July 14, 15, 16
  • Boston Red Sox – July 17, 18, 19, 20
  • Chicago Cubs – July 24, 25
  • Chicago White Sox – July 26, 27
  • Texas Rangers – July 29, 30, 31, August 1
  • California (Anaheim) Angels – August 4, 5, 6
  • Kansas City Royals – August 18, 19, 20

To learn more about OD’s Seats to the World Series, follow #HomePlateFreight and Old Dominion on Twitter: @ODFL_Inc and Facebook: Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. For more information about Old Dominion, visit ODFL.com or call (800) 432-6335.

Comments

  1. 1. Bob Melle [ July 30, 2017 @ 02:07PM ]

    54321 baseballs in the ODFL trailer.

  2. 2. Gary Langone [ August 08, 2017 @ 09:33PM ]

    20,017 baseballs in trailer

  3. 3. Mike Cribbs [ August 08, 2017 @ 10:07PM ]

    225280 balls in the trailor

  4. 4. michael l koch [ August 10, 2017 @ 01:49AM ]

    332,068 baseballs in trailor

  5. 5. Jason P [ August 13, 2017 @ 06:14PM ]

    255,000 baseballs in OD trailer

  6. 6. Jackson Gormley [ August 15, 2017 @ 08:09PM ]

    229,912 baseballs in OD trailer.

  7. 7. Dennis Rogers [ August 17, 2017 @ 05:53AM ]

    332068 baseballs

  8. 8. Daniel Perry [ August 17, 2017 @ 06:18PM ]

    129075

  9. 9. Jordan Edwards [ August 19, 2017 @ 06:54PM ]

    150,162 baseballs.

  10. 10. JD SWENSON [ August 19, 2017 @ 06:58PM ]

    191,000 baseballs

  11. 11. Daniel Crocco [ August 19, 2017 @ 07:04PM ]

    I'm going to guess 390,000

  12. 12. Charles Muntz [ August 19, 2017 @ 07:06PM ]

    345,789

  13. 13. Zoella Berberich [ August 21, 2017 @ 03:20PM ]

    332,068

  14. 14. Matthew Greene [ August 21, 2017 @ 07:47PM ]

    324,617

  15. 15. Rendy Lomax [ August 21, 2017 @ 07:48PM ]

    249,513

  16. 16. ryan roggenkamp [ August 21, 2017 @ 08:10PM ]

    559,100

  17. 17. Teddy Callery [ August 23, 2017 @ 05:54PM ]

    235,500 baseballs

  18. 18. Boyd Harris [ August 26, 2017 @ 09:13PM ]

    246851

  19. 19. Boyd Harris [ August 26, 2017 @ 09:14PM ]

    251632

  20. 20. Boyd Harris [ August 26, 2017 @ 09:14PM ]

    249540

  21. 21. Boyd Harris [ August 26, 2017 @ 09:14PM ]

    267540

  22. 22. TYANN BURDETTE [ August 28, 2017 @ 10:26AM ]

    425,399 baseballs in OD Trailer

  23. 23. Jack Campbell [ August 30, 2017 @ 09:15AM ]

    23100

  24. 24. Bobby Benitz [ August 31, 2017 @ 07:39PM ]

    77,338 baseballs are in the trailer.

  25. 25. Joseph Vargas [ September 01, 2017 @ 04:07PM ]

    MY GUESS IS 771,871.00 BALLS

  26. 26. JV Junior [ September 01, 2017 @ 04:46PM ]

    Y can't play twice??

  27. 27. JV Junior [ September 01, 2017 @ 04:49PM ]

    385,936 balls are in the trailer

  28. 28. joe vargas [ September 01, 2017 @ 05:44PM ]

    The trailers has 269,263 baseballs in it..

  29. 29. Joseph Vargas [ September 01, 2017 @ 05:48PM ]

    229 823 BALLS

  30. 30. JV Junior [ September 01, 2017 @ 05:50PM ]

    My last guess is 249,513

  31. 31. Jenna bangasser [ September 06, 2017 @ 07:23PM ]

    190220.00

  32. 32. Bruce Sonnenberg [ September 07, 2017 @ 07:22AM ]

    300,500

  33. 33. Pudge [ September 08, 2017 @ 04:51AM ]

    Did anyone ever hear the actual count

  34. 34. Pudge [ September 08, 2017 @ 07:08AM ]

    Who won

  35. 35. mike [ September 08, 2017 @ 06:20PM ]

    SO who won ? What was the winning # ?

  36. 36. steve storm [ September 13, 2017 @ 05:54AM ]

    Who won this? How many are in the trailer?

  37. 37. Joe B. [ September 13, 2017 @ 07:04PM ]

    My 3 brothers and I would like the number too!

  38. 38. Frank H. [ September 14, 2017 @ 09:16PM ]

    The fine print says that the winner can never reveal what the winning number was. Disappointing!

  39. 39. David Greenleaf [ October 15, 2017 @ 07:22PM ]

    No one has been announced yet. Will be announced during 2017 world series and tickets to the next 3 world series awarded

  40. 40. Carole Gallo [ October 24, 2017 @ 06:57PM ]

    Which game will announce winner?

 

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Journalist since 1965, truck writer and editor since 1978. CDL-qualified; conducts road tests on new heavy-, medium- and light-duty tractors and trucks. Specializes in vocational and hybrid vehicles.

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