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Promotions of the Day for April, 2008

 

Opening Night Extravaganza – Inland Empire 66ers

Thursday, April 3, 2008


Many leagues officially open the minor league season today, so you really can’t go wrong by grabbing at hot dog at any opening night. The ballpark of choice, however, is Inland Empire’s, which is looking to the future while bringing back a big part of its past. The 66ers are retiring former pitcher Jake Peavy’s number. Taking advantage of parent club San Diego’s off day, Peavy will be in the park to throw out the first pitch. Current 66ers players will honor Peavy by wearing his No. 22 jersey during the game. Apparently the 66ers have a bunch of double deuce jerseys and they need to get one last wearing out of them.

Free fireworks in: Altoona, Binghamton, Columbus, Connecticut, Daytona, Delmarva, Great Lakes, Montgomery, Oklahoma City, Omaha, New Orleans, Springfield, Stockton and Tacoma.

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Fridge Appearance and Giveaway – Altoona Curve

Friday, April 4, 2008


The folks in Altoona must be pining for football. They had former Pittsburgh running back Jerome Bettis on hand for yesterday’s season opener and today they are bringing in former 300-plus pound nose guard William “The Refrigerator” Perry. Apparently The Fridge is bringing a refrigerator with him to give away to a lucky fan. We can only assume that when Perry gets through with it, the fridge will be empty.

Free fireworks in: Augusta, Birmingham, Clearwater, Connecticut, Corpus Christi, Fort Myers, Frederick, Hickory, High Desert, Huntsville, Inland Empire, Iowa, Kinston, Lakewood, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Palm Beach, Quad Cities, Salem, Scranton/Wilkes Barre, Springfield, Tacoma, Tucson and Vero Beach.

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Alumni Night Ė Stockton Ports

Saturday, April 5, 2008


The plan is to honor all those whoíve put on a Stockton uniform Ė most notably Ernie Broglio. The first 1,000 fans receive a statue of Broglio, who was a key figure in the lopsided trade that sent Lou Brock from the Cubs to the Cardinals. The Ports turn the clock back, uniform wise, to 1955 and auction those jerseys after the ballgame. Plenty of other former Ports are expected to be on hand, though former clubhouse manager Chris Tunno is not expected to make the game.

Free fireworks in: Altoona, Birmingham, Burlington, Delmarva, Inland Empire, Las Vegas, Montgomery, Oklahoma City, Rome and San Antonio.

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60 Degree Promise - Lakewood BlueClaws

Sunday, April 6, 2008


Donít like going to the ballpark when the weather is cold? Lakewood is offering a little extra incentive. If the temperature at the time of the first pitch of their South Atlantic game against Lake County isnít 60 degrees or higher, all fans in attendance will receive a free ticket to an upcoming game. Free ice cream would be kind of funny, too.

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College Basketball Night - Binghamton Mets


Monday, April 7, 2008
Sure itís college basketballís most important night, but that doesnít mean a baseball fan canít take in a ballgame, right? Binghamton will merge the two sports by showing some of the best highlights from past championship games on their video board. They are also offering discounted admission to any fan wearing college gear. As soon as the Mets game ends (it starts at 6:35) Binghamton will put tonightís NCAA championship game between Memphis and Kansas on the big screen live. Nice version of a double header..

Free fireworks in: Charleston, Dayton, Lexington, Modesto, Rancho Cucamonga, and West Michigan.

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Dime A Degree Night – Altoona Curve


Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Hereís another team using seasonably variable weather to help draw fans to the ballpark. Altoona of the Eastern League tied ticket prices for todayís game against the Trenton Thunder to the morning temperature in Altoona. The mercury rose to 42 degrees at 9 p.m., so every ticket to tonightís game costs just $4.20. Not a bad deal, especially if the Curve can dialup a day-time warm front.

Free fireworks in: Lake County.

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Mascot Wedding Anniversary – Lexington Legends


Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Has it really been two years since Big L and Elle tied the knot? Lexington is celebrating the anniversary in style. In honor of the Cotton Anniversary – who knew two years was the cotton anniversary? – Lexington will hold cotton-related promotions, the best of which is a cotton candy eating contest. It’s also ladies night, so while Big L and Elle renew their vows, ladies will spend $2 less to get in the ballpark and will receive discounts to a local tanning salon. Big Love is in the air.

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Spring Cleaning Night – Toledo Mud Hens


Thursday, April 10, 2008
For the last couple of nights Toledo has been making room in its prize closet by giving away everything that’s left over from the last few seasons. So far Mud Hens fans have walked away with tokens celebrating the Mud Hens’ 2005 and 2006 championship seasons. Today they get team folders stuffed with a team photo of the not-as-successful 2007 Mud Hens. Hey, it could be worth something someday.

Free fireworks in: Northwest Arkansas, San Jose and Trenton.

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Opening Night – Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs


Friday, April 11, 2008
Lehigh Valley is going hog wild tonight. Fun is pretty much assured any time you have pig races to help open your new ballpark. The Phillies’ new Triple-A affiliate had 18 months to prepare for today. They’ve called in a flyover from an air force A-10 “Warthog.” Skydivers will parachute into the ballpark with the game’s first ball (not from the Warthog, though that would really be cool). And for perhaps the first time in musical history there will be bagpipes and a barbershop quartet in the same ballpark. That’s nothing to snort at.

Free Fireworks in: Akron, Bakersfield, Buffalo, Charlotte, Charleston, Fresno, Greensboro, Hagerstown, Indianapolis, Lancaster Jethawks, Modesto, Myrtle Beach, New Hampshire, Northwest Arkansas, Quad Cities, Rochester, Round Rock, Tennessee, West Virginia, West Tenn and Winston-Salem.

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Pope on a Rope – Charleston RiverDogs


Saturday, April 12, 2008
Charleston can always be counted on for some “free-thinking” promos, but the RiverDogs staff has outdone itself with this one. In honor of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the U.S. next week, the RiverDogs are giving away a most extraordinary soap-on-a-rope to 1,000 fans. Emblazoned on the soap is a picture of His Eminency. The RiverDogs are hoping the giveaway will entice the pope to visit Charleston, which is known as the Holy City. At the very least, the giveaway may help fans wash their sins away.

Free fireworks in: Charlotte, Clearwater, Daytona, Delmarva, Greensboro, Louisville, Memphis, Midland, Modesto, Myrtle Beach, Potomac and Sacramento.

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Grandparents Day – Erie SeaWolves


Sunday, April 13, 2008


Erie plans to use Sunday as a way to bring families together. Grandparents who bring their grandchildren to the ballpark eat free. They will also be allowed on the field after the game to play catch, as will the rest of the fans. And every fan will receive a scratch-off ticket guaranteed to win something from either Wendy’s or the SeaWolves. That’s a lot of stuff for a Sunday.

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Grow Your Own Bat Night – Tulsa Drillers


Monday, April 14, 2008
A major ice storm struck Tulsa in December, downing a slew of trees. Tonight the Drillers will help put some of them back. Fans can leave the ballpark with a variety of evergreens or hardwoods to replant in their yards. Who knows, maybe one will grow to be a huge tree. Then it will get struck by lightning, allowing someone to make their own bat emblazoned with the word “Wonderboy.” The kid will then go on to become a feared major league hitter. Hey, this could be a movie.

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Tax Break Day – Frederick Keys


Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Worst day of the year? For many tax day is. Frederick will try to help those who wrote massive checks to the government by making it a little less costly to get into the ballpark. Buy one ticket into the Keys Café, get the second one for free. Hey, it’s not a government rebates, but it’s something, right?

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Pajama Party – Buffalo Bisons


Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Frigid Buffalo is perhaps the last city in American that a person would choose to walk around outside in their pajamas. That will not deter the International League’s Bisons. In honor of National Pajama Day, Buffalo is asking its fans to roll out of bed and head to the ballpark without changing out of their PJs. It’s part of their Kid’s Week homestand, where every ballgame starts at 1:05 p.m. Even though it’s the warmest part of the day, a nice set of flannels is probably still in order. You might want to bring the blanket off the bed, too.

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Pi Day – Bowie Baysox


Thursday, April 17, 2008
Bowie is honoring that magical mathematical number, and the kids who know it. On March 14 (3/14) schools around the Bowie area held contests to see which of their students could correctly recite the most decimal places in the infinite number. The winners will be honored today, receiving checks for $31.42. Middle schooler Alexandra Sadeghian will be Pi Queen for a Day. She correctly recounted Pi to 281 decimal places. You know 3.1417… You’ll just have to trust Bowie on this one.

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Salute to Tools Night – Altoona Curve


Friday, April 18, 2008
Altoona is paying homage to tools – both living and inanimate. Throughout the night they will be asking trivia questions about hammers, wrenches and T-squares. The Curve will also mock people who are “tools” – those who try to hard to fit in but never will. Alabama football coach Nick Saban, who equated losing a game with Pearl Harbor and 9/11, will be one honoree. Will Mel Kiper be another?

Free fireworks in: Binghamton, Birmingham, Buffalo, Connecticut, Corpus Christi, Durham, Hickory, Huntsville, Indianapolis, Lake Elsinore, Lakewood, New Britain, New Orleans, Rochester, Tennessee, Visalia and Winston-Salem.

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Pre-game Fan Batting Practice – Iowa Cubs


Saturday, April 19, 2008
Like most elegant ideas, this one is pretty simple. Every fan that purchases a ticket to today’s Pacific Coast League game is invited to walk on the field, step in the cage and take some hacks. Fans have five swings to try to hit the ball over the same outfield wall that challenges the Triple-A Cubs. Simple. And way cool.

Free fireworks in: Albuquerque, Altoona, Great Lakes, Kannapolis, Montgomery, Pawtucket, Potomac, San Antonio, Springfield, Stockton and St. Lucie.

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Socks for Sox – Pawtucket Red Sox


Sunday, April 20, 2008
Pawtucket is feeling charitable. Any fan that brings a pair of socks, underwear or diapers to today’s International League game against Buffalo receives free admission. Donations will be collected by the Girl Scouts and given to Project Undercover. The Red Sox are asking that only new items be donated, so don’t count on being able to strip off your sox and skivvies as you walk through the gate.

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Salute to the Forgotten Presidents – Altoona Curve


Monday, April 21, 2008
Did you know that James Buchanan is the only U.S. president to hail from Pennsylvania? The Altoona Curve are going to explore this and other fun facts tonight – the eve of the Pennsylvania Primary - when they honor some of our least memorable heads of state. Anyone with the same last name as a former president will receive a half-price ticket. Fans will learn more about the likes of Millard Fillmore and Franklin Pierce while listening to Hail to the Chief between innings. They may even figure out how Buchanan, the only non-married president, could get an entire country of male voters to like him but not one single female.

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Keep It Real Night – Lexington Legends


Tuesday, April 22, 2008
The Bluegrass Prevention Center recently held a contest for high school aged kids in Lexington, Ky., asking them to create 30-second videos aimed at convincing their peers not to drink alcohol. The videos were subjected to online voting and the winners were announced at an Oscar-like ceremony. The Legends will host the winners tonight and show the winning videos between innings. For those over 21 and planning to attend the game – don’t worry. The Legends will still be selling beer, provided you’ve got I.D.

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Ugly Sweater Night – South Bend Silver Hawks


Wednesday, April 23, 2008
All the rage in the 1980s, South Bend is counting on the idea that many Silver Hawks fans are waiting for ugly sweaters to come back in style. Any fan that wears an ugly sweater to the park tonight gets in free. The ugliest of the ugly sweaters will be entered in an NCAA basketball tournament-style contest, with fans voting to determine the worst sweater in the place. The winner receives a pair of round trip airline tickets, presumably to somewhere that the use of sweaters in April unnecessary.

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Redneck Night – Tulsa Drillers


Thursday, April 24, 2008
You might be a redneck if you’ve ever raced armadillos. Tulsa’s bringing Sparky Sparks and his racing armadillos to the ballpark tonight. There will be an under card of races throughout the night in the concourse and a main one where they unleash the armadillos on the field. If any caution flags are thrown, try your hand at cow-chip shuffleboard and toilet seat horseshoes. And what wine and cheese party would be complete without wine coolers and velveeta?

Free fireworks in: Trenton

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ESPN Night – Wilmington Blue Rocks


Friday, April 25, 2008
Ever wonder what it’s like to spend a day at ESPN? Wilmington is giving their take on the experience. The Blue Rocks made their own “This is SportsCenter”-type commercial. The player head shots on the scoreboard are designed to look like the ESPN slides. They’ve even set up a mock television studio where kids can pretend to be sports anchors. The best ones will be shown on the video board. Let’s hope there aren’t many Stuart Scott fans.

Free fireworks in: Akron, Camden, Clearwater, Frederick, Greensboro, Hickory, Huntsville, Indianapolis, Iowa, Lancaster Jethawks, Modesto, New Hampshire, New Orleans, Northwest Arkansas, Omaha, Portland, Rochester, Scranton/Wilkes Barre, Somerset, St. Lucie, Tennessee, Tucson and West Virginia.

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NFL Draft Party – Brevard County Manatees


Saturday, April 26, 2008
Brevard County intends to help those who can’t live without knowing who their favorite NFL team selected on draft day. The Manatees plan to do an on-field reenactment of the Miami Dolphins No. 1 overall selection. They’ll also spoof the next four picks of the draft. According to one Brevard County staffer, the draft gets monotonous after that.

Free fireworks in: Birmingham, Charlotte, Greensboro, Kannapolis, Lancaster Barnstormers, Lexington, Long Island, Rancho Cucamonga, Reading and Tulsa.

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Prime Rib Day – Brevard County Manatees


Sunday, April 27, 2008
The Manatees go back-to-back, following their NFL Draft party with the gift of meat. When fans enter the ballpark tonight they will be handed coupons for prime rib from every restaurant in the county that serves it. Brevard deems it a “Prime Rib Tour.” There will also be between inning contests featuring the meat, including one that will combine prime rib and a slingshot.

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Tribute to the Brat Pack – Wilmington Blue Rocks


Monday, April 28, 2008
If you think you see a celebrity at tonight’s Carolina League game between Wilmington and Frederick, well, don’t overreact. Staff members are dressing up as their favorite Breakfast Club character as part of their tribute to Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez and the rest of the gang. And the fans are getting into it, too. Many have also promised to wear their best St. Elmo’s Fire-era garb. Of course, there will be movie clips from all the 80s classics on the video board and movie trivia. Remember, Screws fall out all the time, sir. The world is an imperfect place.

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Cheapskate Night – Charleston RiverDogs


Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Charleston is holding a night for the ultra-frugal. Bargain hunters already receive discounted admission because it’s a Two-for-Tuesday. Fans entering the ballpark will be handed coupons. Some will be for food and merchandise in the ballpark. Some have been clipped from the Sunday paper and need to be redeemed around town. For further entertainment, Charleston is roping off a portion of its ballpark to allow fans to cruise around on old, inexpensive roller skates. Think about it.

Free fireworks in: Newark.

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Hannah Montana “Ride Your Kid’s Coattails” Night – Fresno Grizzlies

Wednesday, April 30, 2008
The god of timing is smiling on Fresno. A couple of months ago they came up with the idea to mock 80s country mullet star Billy Ray Cyrus for continuing to leach the spotlight of success from his daughter, Miley, aka Hannah Montana. Wednesday’s are already $1 ticket days for kids in Fresno. Today all parents can ride their kids coattails and get in for a buck, too. Fresno received a publicity gift when Vanity Fair’s risqué photos of Miley were revealed this week. The Grizzlies are choosing not to capitalize on a negative, however. Though they are offering kids a pop-star makeover at the park, the Grizzlies are insisting all kids keep their clothes on.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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