LAKE ELSINORE, California -- It was a "silent inning" to honor a "silent birth" as the Lake Elsinore Storm saluted Tom Cruise.
When the minor-league baseball team played the High Desert Mavericks on Friday night, no music was played and no batters were announced for one inning to mark the Church of Scientology-dictated "silent birth" of Suri, Cruise's baby girl with Katie Holmes.
"It was originally going to be a `Top Gun' ... anniversary promotion and it just sort of evolved from there," said Jeff Joseph, a spokesman for the Single-A California League team. Cruise's character was named Maverick in the 1986 film.
Instead of the more traditional bobblehead, the team handed out a "bobble-couch" depicting Cruise's couch-jumping incident on "Oprah." A retrospective of Cruise's career and a couch-jumping contest were also included in the night's events.
A call to Cruise's publicist was not immediately returned.
It's not the first time the Storm has hosted an unusual theme night.
"One year we had Dr. Seuss night," Joseph said. "All the players wore red- and white-striped socks to dress up like `The Cat in the Hat."
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