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Promotions of the Day for April, 2007

 

Batting Practice for Fans Night - Iowa Cubs

Monday, April 30, 2007


Ever wondered what it’s like to take batting practice in a minor league ballpark? The Iowa Cubs are giving fans a chance to find out. For two and half hours before their game the Cubs will allow fans into the cage for five swings. They’ll provide the bats, you provide the power. Anyone who hits one out of the park wins four tickets to an upcoming game. And they are already taunting. The Cubs say they won’t have to give away any tickets. Prove them wrong Dugout Nation.

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Sox For Socks Game - Pawtucket Red Sox

Sunday, April 29, 2007


See a baseball game for the price of underwear. Any fan who brings a new package of diapers, underwear or socks receives a free general admission ticket to the Pawsox International League game against the Buffalo Bisons. All donations will go to the Girl Scouts’ Project Undercover, which distributes such items to underprivileged local families. It sounds like a pretty good reason to see a ballgame.

Free fireworks in: Wilmington

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World Record First Pitch Night - Brevard County Manatees

Saturday, April 28, 2007


For the second time in less than a year, the Brevard County Manatees will attempt to break the record of 5,127 first pitches set by the Madison Mallards of the summer collegiate Northwoods League. Toward the end of the 2006 season the Manatees ran the same promotion and had 5,906 first pitches thrown, only to have the game canceled by rain – voiding the record. This time the Manatees pledge to do some sort of anti-rain dance to ward off the water. Gates open at 5 a.m. to all fans. The actual first pitch is expected 12 hours later. Our arms are sore just thinking about it.

Free Fireworks in: Bowie, Kannapolis, Lexington and San Antonio.

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Tribute to Cher - Fresno Grizzlies

Friday, April 27, 2007


Fresno fans have spoken – or at least voted. They’ve chosen Cher as the Fresno native they’d like to honor. They chose the surgically enhanced one over David Seville (the creator of the Chipmunks) and the mayor of Fresno. The Grizzlies are inviting all the gypsies, tramps and thieves to come and honor their hometown queen. You’ve got her, babe. Battleship not included.

Free Fireworks in: Akron, Birmingham, Chattanooga, Frederick, Fresno, Greensboro, Harrisburg, Lake County, Lake Elsinore, Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, Portland, Round Rock, Springfield, Tennessee, Tucson and Visalia.

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Win a Date with Seth Poteat - Lexington Legends

Thursday, April 26, 2007


The Legends are offering one lucky female a chance to win a date with staff member Seth Poteat. Fifteen girls will accompany Poteat to a ballpark suite before the game. Each inning he will dismiss as many as three women until only three finalists remain. Poteat, who’s described as having “a really good personality,” will then spend an inning alone with each finalist, choosing the winner in the ninth inning. The chosen one will win tickets or dinner to an upcoming local event, but here’s the catch: she doesn’t have to take Poteat with her. Apparently, Poteat needs to be on his best behavior.

Free fireworks in: Trenton

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Bishop Carmody Bobblehead - Corpus Christi Hooks

Wednesday, April 25, 2007


Corpus Christy is such big fans of its local man-of-the-cloth that they are giving him his own bobblehead doll. According to the Hooks, Bishop Carmody is so popular that he could be a rock star in south Texas. An accomplished racquetball player, there is speculation that instead of throwing out the first pitch, the Bishop will whack it with a racquet. The Hooks are hoping to get some divine swings, too.

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Picture with the World Series Trophy - Springfield Cardinals

Tuesday, April 24, 2007


Springfield is taking the saying, “If you’ve got it, flaunt it!” to heart. The Cardinals parent club (coincidentally also called the Cardinals), won the World Series last season and Springfield has the trophy to prove it – at least for one day. Fans can bring a camera and take their picture with the trophy. A photographer will be on hand to take photos for those who forgot cameras. For those who are still celebrating the championship, don’t worry. Red-eye reduction is available.

Free fireworks in: Sacramento.

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Wear Your Pajamas to the Ballpark - Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Monday, April 23, 2007


Want to go to a baseball game tonight but worried about not getting enough sleep to function tomorrow? Myrtle Beach is there to help. Pelican staffers will be wearing their PJs to tonight’s game and the Pelicans are encouraging fans to do the same. Fans who wear PJs won’t have to worry about changing before hoping into bed, thereby getting to bed faster and getting more sleep for the following day. That’s winning thinking. Our only question is, what about the fans that sleep au natural?

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Let's Go Fly a Kite - Charleston RiverDogs

Sunday, April 22, 2007


Tonight’s promotion in Charleston is up in the air. Among other things, April is apparently kite month. A local windsurfing shop is bringing some of their windsurfers to the ballpark, where they intend to achieve liftoff in the outfield. The airspace will be crowded. The RiverDogs will also have a mini-blimp carrying a video camera hovering over the yard. Video from the camera will be fed into the scoreboard allowing fans to see what they look like from above. That’s big time.

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Comedy Night - Modesto Nuts

Saturday, April 21, 2007


The Nuts are having a hoedown. Cowboy Bob will be on hand performing for the fans. The Patterson Lions Club is bringing locally grown produce and making it available for fans. This means Country Bob better be all he’s cracked up to be. If not, fans can show their displeasure by purchasing a few tomatoes and sending them Bob’s way. 

Free Fireworks in: Clearwater, Modesto, Montgomery, Nashville, Potomac, Rancho Cucamonga, Reading, Tulsa and Wichita.

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Second Chance Night - Fresno Grizzlies

Friday, April 20, 2007


The Fresno believes everyone deserves a second chance. The Grizzlies are honoring all baseball fans who’ve made mistakes by giving them their own night. Any fan that brings a traffic ticket will receive two tickets for the price of one. They will, however, have to sign a note pledging never to commit the infraction again. Probation officers get in for free. A mug shot slide show showcasing some famous people who’ve been arrested will play on the video board and all the losers of between inning promotional contests will be placed in holding cells until they receive a second chance at winning a contest.

Free fireworks in: Asheville, Birmingham, Carolina, Chattanooga, Huntsville, Iowa, Modesto, New Hampshire, New Orleans, Pawtucket, Savannah, Stockton, Tucson, West Tenn, West Virginia and  Winston Salem.

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Ugly Sweater Night - Lake Elsinore Storm

Thursday, April 19, 2007


It’s been a cold start to the season by any measure. Lake Elsinore has decided to salute that staple of cold weather clothing – the sweater. But not just any sweater, the Storm are looking for the ugliest one in the ballpark. Prizes will be awarded to all fans wearing bad sweaters. In the grand final, the ugliest of the ugly will model their outerwear on top of the dugout while fans vote for the ultimate in ugly. Here’s hoping this is the last time fans need to bring a sweater to a ballpark this season.

Free Fireworks in: Altoona, Trenton.

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Education Kids' Day - Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

A few teams are playing morning games today, but the Pelicans are bringing some mad education skills to their fans. Myrtle Beach has put together “ballpark curriculum” designed to keep the youngsters’ minds sharp. What better way to learn than then when you’re stuffing your face with cotton candy, CrackerJack and colas?

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Gauranteed Win Night - Frederick Keys

Tuesday, April 17, 2007


The Carolina League’s Keys are putting their money where their taunt is. If you are a fan of Frederick you will see a win today. That’s the result they are promising when they take the field against Lynchburg. If Frederick doesn’t back up its tough talk, all fans can use their ticket stubs for a free admission to any Monday-Thursday game for the rest of the season. If they lose that one? Well folks, you’re on your own.

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Art and Science of Baseball Education Day - Portland Beavers

Monday, April 16, 2007


The Pacific Coast League’s Beavers are hoping to blind kids with science – baseball science. The start time for the game in Portland is 11:05, which allows for schools to take field trips to the ballpark. That doesn’t mean a day will be void of education. Representatives from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry will be on hand to conduct various experiments to teach the kids how baseball and science are related. Physics may actually be fun after all.

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Heater's Birthday Bash - Bakersfield Blaze

Sunday, April 15, 2007


Guess who’s having another birthday. It’s Heater, the mascot of the Bakersfield Blaze. The mascots of the Bakersfield Blitz (Arena Football), the Bakersfield Jam (minor league basketball) and the Bakersfield Condors (minor league hockey) are coming to the ballpark to help Heater celebrate. Any fan who brings an unwrapped toy to the park receives a free ticket to a future game. And for the kids in attendance there will be a bounce house and free cake. Think they will use those trick birthday candles on Heater’s cake?

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St. Patrick's Day Celebration - Lake Elsinore Storm

Saturday, April 14, 2007


The folks in Lake Elsinore liked St. Patrick’s Day so much, they’ve decided to hold another one less than a month after the official one. The Storm are painting their ballpark green. The bases will be green, the lines will be green - even the player’s socks will be green. The concession stands will serve corned beef and green beer. Two St. Patrick’s days in less than a month. Lake Elsinore may be on to something.

Free fireworks in: Altoona, Augusta, Bowie, Daytona, Clearwater, Great Lakes, Greensboro, Kannapolis, Potomac, St. Lucie, San Antonio and Wilmington.

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Good Riddance to Rattlesnakes - Palm Beach Cardinals

Friday, April 13, 2007


Palm Beach’s game last Friday was delayed for 15 minutes when a rattlesnake made its way into right field. The Cardinals are making sure this doesn’t happen again by bringing in a snake charmer to ensure all the snakes have been eradicated. Additionally, the first 200 fans will receive rattles and any fan wearing snake-themed clothing receives free admission. The Cardinals are so sure the snake charmer thing will work, they are offering free tickets to an upcoming game if tonight’s contest is delayed by a rattlesnake. Snake, rattle and roll.

Free fireworks in: Asheville, Binghamton, Bowie, Columbus, Frederick, Great Lakes, Greensboro, Harrisburg, Hickory, Jacksonville, Lake Elsinore, Las Vegas, Mississippi, Portland, Rochester, Springfield, Tennessee, Tucson, and Visalia.

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Opening Night at Dickey-Stephens Park - Arkansas Travelers

Thursday, April 12, 2007


Like many minor league teams, the Arkansas Travelers will play their home opener tonight. But for the Travelers, it will be opening night for the ballpark, too. The first 4,000 fans will receive a commemorative baseball. There will be a post-game fireworks show. The special pre-game ceremony will be emceed by Pat Summerall. John Madden doll sold separately.

Free fireworks in: Altoona, Arkansas and Springfield

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Dogs' Life on SportsCenter

Wednesday, April 11, 2007


The Charleston RiverDogs are spoofing those crazy ESPN SportsCenter promos. They have created a bunch of short videos showing what it’s like to work for the RiverDogs. In one, the mascot will be trying to take a ticket order over the phone (he can’t talk). In another, the interns will not be wearing trousers because they are working in a “No Pants Zone.” Here’s hoping Bill Murray, a member of Charleston’s ownership group, makes a few cameos.

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Tumbleweed Tuesday - Lancaster JetHawks

Tuesday, April 10, 2007


The California League’s JetHawks have found an interesting way to determine ticket prices. All reserve section tickets will be priced according to the wind speed recorded at Clear Channel Stadium at 4 p.m. today. A wind speed of 10 mph allows fans to see the game for a buck. If it’s calm, tickets are free. If everyone in Lancaster opens their windows at exactly 4 p.m. and sucks air in they would create a vacuum effect, creating negative wind speed, and the Jethawks would have to pay every fan who comes to the game. Hey, it’s worth a shot.

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Tree Giveaway, Tax Night - Tulsa Drillers

Monday, April 9, 2007


It’s going to be a busy night for the Southern League’s Drillers. To begin with, it’s Ladies’ Night. Female fans can get their nails done or relax with free massages in the concourse. There will also be a representative from H&R Block to give free tax advice. Finally, fans will receive free saplings on their way out. The Drillers are suggesting fans grow their own baseball bats, which is interesting advice: Here’s a tree. Grow it; then kill it. Luckily, there is no Pony Night on the horizon.

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Easter Egg Hunt - Jacksonville Suns

Sunday, April 8, 2007


Happy Easter from Minor League Dugout. Many clubs are holding Easter Egg hunts. We’ve selected the Jacksonville Suns version because kids also get to take home a Sunny the Bunny Wobblehead. It’s more of a Weeble than a bobblehead, but kids will probably love it. Enjoy your peeps.

Easter Egg Hunts in: Albuquerque, Charleston, Modesto, Nashville, Rome, Sacramento, Savannah, Stockton, Tulsa and Wichita.

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Snow Glove Giveaway - Fresno Grizzlies

Saturday, April 7, 2007


A variation on traditional snow globes, the Fresno Grizzlies are giving the first 2,500 fans a snow glove (see photo in our blog). A miniature replica of the Grizzlies’ ballpark sits inside a regular snow globe, which is nestled in a baseball glove. It’s likely the only snow the Fresno ballpark will see this season – something many minor leagues which they could say.

Free fireworks in: Birmingham, Clearwater, Lexington, Louisville, Daytona, Midland, Modesto, Montgomery, Myrtle Beach, Rancho Cucamonga, Reading, Rome, St. Lucie, and Wichita.

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Office Olympics - Modesto Nuts

Friday, April 6, 2007


The Nuts of the California League are holding their second annual Office Olympics. The event, which pits the season’s new front office interns against each other in a battle of odd events, serves to introduce the interns to the Modesto fans. The Interns will race the mascot, answer team trivia questions and show off their moves in a dance contest. The best event, though, may be the race from home to first while holding a cup of coffee, simulating the multiple coffee runs they have to make for the bosses during the season. Yes, spilling is penalized. For the record, we take ours with cream and two sugars.

Free fireworks in: Akron, Birmingham, Burlington, Charleston, Dunedin, Huntsville, Jacksonville, Lakewood, Louisville, Memphis, Round Rock, Savannah, West Virginia and Winston Salem.

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Opening Night - Lakeland Flying Tigers

Thursday, April 5, 2007


The minor league season officially opens tonight, so fans can’t go wrong attending any park. Minor League Dugout gives the nod for the first Promotion of the Day to Lakeland, which is switching its nickname from the Tigers to the Flying Tigers. Joker Marchant Stadium was built on a former military base. Lakeland is honoring its history by bringing in two surviving members of the famed Flying Tigers with a military flyover and big band music. The Dugout salutes Lakeland’s name change.

Free fireworks in: Buffalo, Charleston, Dayton, Fresno, Lancaster, Lexington, Modesto, Montgomery, Myrtle Beach, New Hampshire, Peoria, Rancho Cucamonga, Salem, San Jose, Sarasota, Savannah, Stockton, Trenton, West Virginia and Wichita.

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