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While the Rattlers are away….

…9,000 people will show up to the ballpark to watch the Packers play.  And that’s an Awesome thing!

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That would be 9,010 fans.  Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

I have a feeling that the host – Donald Driver – had a lot to do with all of those fans turning out for the game this year.

Donald Driver at the bat.

Donald Driver at the bat. Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

It sounded like a great day at the stadium on Sunday as the Defense beat the Offense 24-20 and a lot of money was raised for charities.

That got buried at the bottom of some stories, but I wanted to put it near the top of this post.  Information is from the WFRV story:

Money raised totaled over $115,000 and will benefit the Donald Driver Foundation. His foundation then distributes to several charities, which he presented before the game.

The donations included $72,000 for Blessings in a Backpack foundation.

$15,850 for the Greater Green Bay YMCA

$10,000 for Special Olympics Wisconsin

$10,000 for Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin

$3,200 for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin

$4,000 for Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay

Not bad.  Not bad at all.

According to the boxscore, the Defense took control of the game in the top of the fifth with nine runs and they added five more in the top of the sixth.

Rookie linebacker Nate Palmer went 4-for-5 with two home runs and six RBI to earn Game MVP honors.  He was also the Home Run Derby Champion.

Don Barclay led the offense with six RBI.

But, the day wasn’t about winning and losing.  It was about saying, “Thank you, Donald.” The fans were streaming into the game to say just that:

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Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

Click the links for just some of the coverage:

Post-Crescent Video: Donald Driver delights fans at Fox Cities Stadium

Journal Sentinel Story: Donald Driver showered by love from loyal supporters at softball game

FOX 11: Defense ends skid in Driver softball game

Today’s TMJ 4: Donald Driver charity softball game

Marketability

This post over at Don Walker’s Business of Sports Blog at the JSOnline makes a note about the marketability of a couple of Green Bay Packers.

In a recent post, I reported that Rodgers’ national profile is higher than ever before, though it still trails some of the big guns in the National Football League such as Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

That information comes courtesy of the Nielsen/E-Poll N-Score, which evaluates the appeal, awareness and endorsement potential of more than 1,000 sports figures. The N-Score is based on weekly surveys of people ages 13 and above.

Rodgers’ N-Score nationally is 14, which is two points higher than the median score for all players in the National Football League. Manning has an N-Score of 262. Manning leads all quarterbacks in the NFL playoffs. Tom Brady of the New England Patriots is second with an N-Score of 131.

Recently, Nielsen/E-Poll did a local market survey in Milwaukee and Wisconsin. And within that market, Rodgers’ N-Score was 569.

But, look who scored higher…

“That honor goes to Donald Driver with an N-Score of 647,” Parker said in an e-mail. And that number puts Driver in the top 1% of all local market sports personalities, he said.

Why Driver? Well, if you’re paying attention, Driver has endorsement and marketing deals with major clients in Wisconsin, including McDonald’s, Time Warner Cable and more.

Also, there’s this little charity softball game coming up on June 5 at Time Warner Cable Field. You may see Driver and the offense take on the defense in the annual game.  Tickets available right here.

Remember the softball game in June

The Packers won on Saturday.  They play again on Sunday.  And maybe – hopefully – a couple of weeks after that.

Just let me take a moment to remind you about the Donald Driver Charity Softball Game on June 5.

Tickets are available right here.

Here are some things that you might see if you come out to the game this year.

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