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Promotions of the Day for July, 2007

 

Canada Day – Vancouver Canadians

Sunday, July 1, 2007


America will celebrate its birthday on Wednesday. Canada celebrates its special day today – and what better place to enjoy all that makes our northern neighbor great than in a Canadian minor league park. Sure, there will be the customary fireworks. There will also be good beer, Canadian bacon and Mounties. Free fireworks in: Altoona, Frederick, Lincoln, Rochester, South Bend, State College`and Vancouver.

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Racing Night – Jacksonville Suns

Monday, July 2, 2007


One of the great American races will be held this week in Daytona. We still call it the Firecracker 400 because a certain soft drink company doesn’t pay us to call it anything different. Daytona is about an hour away from Jacksonville. The Suns will have all kinds of fun related to NASCAR racing planned. It’s a great way to gear up for Saturday night. Free fireworks in: Albuquerque, Auburn, Asheville, Cedar Rapids. Columbus, Connecticut, Durham, Greenville, Kannapolis, Lincoln, Long Beach (kind of), Midland, Norfolk, Pawtucket, Peoria, San Jose, Somerset, South Bend, Wilmington, York,

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Racing Night – Jacksonville Suns

Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Auburn wants to see what local fans can do with ballpark fare. The Chef Competition requires all who enter (they need not be chefs) to create a tasty dish using only ingredients found at the ballpark. The chef who prepares the best food wins $100 and season tickets for next year. So quickly go find your recipe for hot dog and bratwurst casserole garnished with peanuts and CrackerJack and head to the ballpark.

Free fireworks in: Albuquerque, Altoona, Atlantic City, Boise, Buffalo, Burlington Bees, Casper, Charleston, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Clearwater, Colorado Springs, Columbus, Connecticut, Danville, Daytona, Delmarva, Durham, Edinburg, El Paso, Erie, Fort Myers, Fort Wayne, Fort Worth, Hagerstown, Inland Empire, Jacksonville, Jamestown, Kane County, Lancaster JetHawks, Lansing, Las Vegas, Lexington, Long Beach, Long Island, Louisville, Missoula, Montgomery, Nashville, New Orleans, Norfolk, Omaha, Palm Beach, Pawtucket, Portland, Quad Cities, Rancho Cucamonga, Reading, Reno, Richmond, Rockford, St. Lucie, San Jose, Sarasota, Savannah, Sioux City, Slippery Rock, State College, Stockton, Sussex, Tacoma, Tennessee, Washington, West Tenn, Winston-Salem and Visalia.

Salute to America – Boise Hawks

Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Just about any ballpark that’s hosting a ballgame tonight will provide a post-game fireworks display. Boise is no different. The Hawks will give their fans a Salute to America. The first 1,250 fans will receive a replica jersey T-shirt. There will be plenty of patriotic entertainment and, of course, fireworks. Enjoy Independence Day.

Free fireworks in: Amarillo, Arkansas, Atlantic City, Bakersfield, Batavia, Binghamton, Birmingham, Boise, Bowie, Bridgeport, Burlington, Camden, Carolina, Charlotte, Chico, Corpus Christi, Dayton, Daytona, Eugene, Fort Worth, Fresno, Gary Southshore, Gateway, Great Falls, Greeneville, Hagerstown, Hickory, High Desert, Huntsville, Idaho Falls, Indianapolis, Iowa, Joliet, Jupiter, Kalamazoo, Kane County, Kansas City, Kinston, Lake Elsinore, Lakewood, Lancaster, Lansing, Lexington, Long Island, Lynchburg, Mahoning Valley, Memphis, Mississippi, Modesto, Oklahoma City, Orem, Portland Beavers, Potomac, Reading, Richmond, Rochester, Round Rock, Salem-Keizer, Salt Lake, San Antonio, Schaumburg, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Sioux City, Springfield, Spokane, Sussex, Toledo, Trenton, Tri-City, Tucson, Vero Beach, Washington, West Virginia, Windy City, Winston-Salem, Wisconsin and Yuma.

Toga Night – Lake Elsinore Storm

Thursday, July 5, 2007
Toga! Toga! What better way to follow a Fourth of July celebration than with an old fashioned Toga party. Get your best Animal House quotes and your worst bed sheets and head over to the Storm’s California League game. If the game gets a little slow, it’s OK to pour a little mustard down your chest.

Free fireworks in: Clinton, Fullerton, Indianapolis, Oklahoma City, Reading, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Trenton and Tri-City.

Tribute to 150 Years of Toilet Paper – Pensacola Pelicans

Friday, July 6, 2007
Toilet paper only seems like it’s been around forever. In fact, TP was introduced in the USA 150 years ago. To honor the pseudo-anniversary, Pensacola will hand a roll of toilet paper to each fan as they enter the ballpark. They will also roll out the “white carpet” for the fan throwing the ceremonial first pitch. Instead of the dizzy bat race, contestants will be mummified in toilet paper and forced to race. To continue the potty theme, a couple of fans will bob for Baby Ruth’s – Caddyshack style. Sounds like a squeezable, wipeable good time to us.

Free fireworks in: Aiken, Binghamton, Boise, Brockton, Buffalo, Camden, Edinburg, Florence, Frederick, Fresno, Gary Southshore, Greensboro, Harrisburg, Huntsville, Iowa, Joliet, Kane County, Lake Elsinore, Lakewood, Lansing, Mahoning Valley, Mississippi, Mobile, Modesto, New Britain, Newark, Oklahoma City, Rochester, Round Rock, Savannah, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Springfield, Toledo, Tri-City, Tucson, West Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

Stephen Colbert Appearance – Charleston RiverDogs

Saturday, July 7, 2007
Sure today’s date is 07/07/07 and there are many teams playing off that theme. However, anyone one of those guys would gladly scrap their plans to have America’s greatest pundit in their ballpark. Instead of throwing out the first pitch, Comedy Central’s Peabody Award-winning Stephen Colbert will throw out the first pint – of AmeriCone Dream, his own Ben and Jerry’s flavor. He’ll also join Charleston’s broadcaster for an inning of fun and will lead the crowd in “Take Me out to the Ballgame.” Colbert and baseball – great promotion, or greatest promotion?

Free fireworks in: Akron, Bluefield, Bowie, Brevard County, Carolina, Cedar Rapids, Charlotte, Clearwater, Delmarva, Everett, Fort Wayne, Hickory, Iowa, Kane County, Lake County, Lancaster, Missoula, Nashua, New Hampshire, North Shore, Orem, Potomac, Rancho Cucamonga, Rochester, Rome, Round Rock, San Antonio, Tri-City Dust Devils, Vermont, West Michigan, Williamsport, Windy City, Yakima and York.

Redneck Olympics – Kansas City T-Bones

Sunday, July 8, 2007
The T-Bones are a plannin’ to poke a little fun at America’s southern stereotype. Competitors will bob for pigs feet, participate in a tire changing competition and race to scoop up road kill. Where your white T-shirt and comb that mullet fine. Word is the winner will get a bathtub to put in their front yard.

Free fireworks in: Bowie, Evansville, Frederick and Myrtle Beach.

Peanut Free Night – Kane County Cougars
Monday, July 9, 2007
No, Kane County isn’t giving away free legumes. The Cougars are being sensitive to their patrons who are allergic to peanuts. Those allergies can be so bad that many of those suffering can’t go to ballparks for fear of an allergic reaction. The T-Bones want those fans to be able to enjoy a game, so they will not have any peanuts in the park. If you are allergic to peanuts and live in the Kansas City area, tonight is your night of fun.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not Night – Greeneville Astros

Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Humans have accomplished many strange things in their years of existence, and Ripley has jotted most of it down for posterity. Tonight, the Astros will celebrate many strange facts and feats, and may even try to accomplish some of their own.

Free fireworks in: Fargo-Moorhead.

Salute to the High Five – Frederick Keys
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Every Wednesday is Wacky Wednesday in Frederick. For their Salute to the High Five the Keys are giving away high-five hand clappers to the first 200 fans that enter the park. There will be a table set up where fans are guaranteed to receive a high five at any point during the game. To make the night even better, Brewer’s Alley will host a beer tasting in the restaurant. For $40 fans can sample all six beers and dine on food prepared using the beers. That deserves a high five of its own.

Stock Market Night – Casper Rockies

Thursday, July 12, 2007
Casper wants its fans to experience the ups and downs of the stock market. Throughout the game the Rockies will be changing the prices at the concession stands and gift shop. One inning a hotdog will cost 50 cents, the next it may be up to $10. On their way to buy low, fans will be able to stop by the tables in the concourse to talk with the numerous financial advisors on hand. A little free advice - if one tells you to buy the $10 dog, keep walking.

Free fireworks in: Peoria, Reading, State College, Trenton and West Michigan.

Friday Night Freak Show – West Virginia Power

Friday, July 13, 2007
Many teams are jumping on the Friday the 13th theme. The Power are bringing in the hosts of Friday Night Freak Show, a local late night program that features horror movies. In addition, all West Virginia staffers will be dressed in Halloween costumes and any kid who comes dressed in a costume will be able to go trick-or-treating after the game. Get your costumes out of the closet. Our suggestion: Urban Ninja.

Free fireworks in: Aiken, Asheville, Atlantic City, Boise, Camden, Casper, Charleston, Chattanooga, Colorado Springs, Connecticut, Delmarva, Durham, El Paso, Frederick, Fort Wayne, Greenville, Joliet, Lake County, Lansing, Lexington, Louisville, Montgomery, Nashville, Nashua, New Orleans, Newark, Omaha, Quad Cities, Reading, Rockford, Salem-Keizer, South Bend, Syracuse, Tacoma, Tennessee, Toledo, Traverse City, Visalia, West Tenn and West Virginia.

Hollywood Night – Augusta GreenJackets

Saturday, July 14, 2007
Augusta is rolling out the red carpet for all its fans – literally. As they enter through the red carpeted walkways, fans will be confronted with paparazzi. They will also be greeted by cardboard cutouts of famous celebrities scattered throughout the ballpark. There will be a contest to see which fans can best recreate scenes from famous movies, with awards going to the best male actor, best female actress and best child actor. Myron Noodleman will also be on hand, and the first 1,000 fans will receive free t-shirts. Make sure to look for Paris at the after party.

Free fireworks in: Camden, Frederick, Fort Wayne, Great Falls, Greensboro, Hagerstown, Joliet, Lansing, Las Vegas, Modesto, Montgomery, Nashville, Nashua, New Haven, New Jersey, Reading, Toledo, Trenton, Tulsa, West Michigan, Wichita, Williamsport, Wilmington and York.

iPod Shuffle giveaway – Tulsa Drillers

Sunday, July 15, 2007
Reading is aiming for a lip-smacking good ballgame tonight when the Phillies hold the fourth in their series of six Rib Fests. Fifteen dollars gets fans a ticket to the game, all-you-can-eat ribs, mac and cheese, potato salad, baked beans and soda until the seventh inning. A Rib Fest ticket also allows fans admission to the heated pool – which kind of eliminates the need for handy wipes. The bar-b-que sauce-filled hot tub costs a little extra.

Free fireworks in: Altoona, Great Lakes, Lancaster JetHawks and State College.

You Tube Night – Modesto Nuts
Monday, July 16, 2007
Modesto is putting together an “ode to people with too much time on their hands and internet access.” The Nuts scoured You Tube for some of the funniest video clips on the Net. They will fill the dead time between innings by showing them on the video board. The evolution of dance, the urban ninja and the human beat box are just a few of the featured clips. Will that stupid thing you did last New Year’s Eve appear? To early to tell.

Singles Night – Savannah Sand Gnats

Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Savannah is putting a new twist on the old singles night at the ballpark. The $8 ticket includes two free beers and admission into the singles section. The participants can consume their liquid personality before the game the concentrate on the real test. The women will sit at the picnic tables while the men rotate around them in normal speed dating fashion. Around the fifth inning, the Sand Gnats will ask the participants to turn in the names of the people they’d like to see again. If that person turned in your name, you will meet again. It’s probably safer if you just turn in everyone’s name.

Free fireworks in: Sioux Falls and Vancouver.

Rhinoplasty Night – Palm Beach Cardinals

Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Palm Beach is going to have a little fun at the expense of all those to-good-for-you rich folks who constantly attempt to improve themselves through cosmetic surgery. The Cardinals are bringing in a plastic surgeon to throw out the first pitch. He will also perform a rhinoplasty (cosmetic nose alteration) on Robbie the Redbird. The Cardinals will let fans see what they would look like with different noses by posting pictures on the big board. Finally, one lucky fan will walk away a winner from the Recreate Michael Jackson’s Nose Out of Silly Putty contest. The prize is a surprise. Could it be a monkey? A Ferris wheel? An inflatable boy scout doll?

Free fireworks in: Evansville, New Hampshire and West Michigan.

“Cow” abunga Dudes – St. Paul Saints

Thursday, July 19, 2007
The Saints are going big on all things bovine. St. Paul will dress an intern as a cow and hold a cow tipping contest. The three contestants will have to sneak threw an obstacle course without waking the Saints mascot, who will be dressed as a farmer with a shotgun. There will also be a petting zoo and a butter sculpting contest. And here’s a hint: if you end up being the contestant in the What’s in the Bag promo, don’t choose the bag. They may not be the kind of chips you were hoping for.

Free fireworks in: Great Lakes.

David Eckstein MVP step stool giveaway – Lowell Spinners

Friday, July 20, 2007
The New York-Penn League’s Spinners are honoring World Series MVP David Eckstein in a unique manner. They are giving away a step-stool bearing the likeness of the big hearted but short-statured infielder. Though it’s a cool giveaway if you like Eckstein, it might be even cooler if you don’t because you get to step on his face over and over again.

Free fireworks in: Akron, Albuquerque, Binghamton, Birmingham, Beloit, Bowie, Brockton, Brooklyn, Buffalo, Camden, Charleston, Colorado Springs, Connecticut, Delmarva, Everett, Florence, Fort Wayne, Fresno, Gary Southshore, Hagerstown, Harrisburg, Huntsville, Indianapolis, Iowa, Kinston, Lake County, Lake Elsinore, Lakewood, Lancaster, Lansing, Mississippi, Mobile, Omaha, Rancho Cucamonga, River City, Round Rock, Savannah, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Somerset, South Bend, Springfield, Sussex, Tacoma, Traverse City, Visalia, Washington, West Michigan, and Winston-Salem.

Moon Night – Kansas City T-Bones

Saturday, July 21, 2007
Kansas City, like much of the world, has long been fascinated with the coldhearted orb. The Northern League’s T-Bones are celebrating the 38th anniversary of the first moon landing with Moon Night. Harrison Schmitt, the 12th man to walk on the moon, will be in attendance to throw out the first pitch. In addition, fans who win the between-inning promotions will receive an acre of land on the moon. Building the road to that new homestead, however, will cost extra.

Free fireworks in: Beloit, Bowie, Burlington Bees, Daytona, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Kane County, Lexington, Lynchburg, Macon, Nashua, New Haven, Peoria, Potomac, Quad Cities, San Antonio, Sioux Falls, Tri-City Dust Devils and Wisconsin.

Counting Crows Concert – Wilmington Blue Rocks

Sunday, July 22, 2007
This doesn’t really affect the game, it’s just really cool. Three of the best bands in the world, Counting Crows, Live and Collective Soul, begin their tour of minor league baseball ballparks tonight in Wilmington. They are scheduled to play 23 parks in the next couple of months, and at some of those parks they will be joined by Third Eye Blind. There is no game in Wilmington tonight, but if you’re a music fan you must go to the park.

Free fireworks in: Bowie, Lancaster and Mahoning Valley.

Salute to Cheese – West Virginia Power

Monday, July 23, 2007
The Power will cut the cheese – literally. As part of their Salute to Cheese, West Virginia will hold a cheese cutting contest. They will also hold a bobbing for nachos contest where contestants will bury their faces into a bucket of melted nacho cheese in search of prizes that includes $10 bills. All Green Bay Packers fans wearing their cheese heads get in free, and the winners of between inning events will receive pieces of cheese. Sure, it sounds cheesy, but MinorLeagueDugout.com considers itself a connoisseur of cheese.

 

Bad Actors Night – Modesto Nuts

Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Modesto is paying tribute to those box office stars who we love to hate because weknow we could act just as well as they do for far less dinero. There will be plenty of bad acting on the big board as the Nuts play video clips sure to include the likes of Keanu Reeves and William Shatner. Any network soap opera also fits the bill. We also hope to see Paris Hilton (for her poor attempt at acting like a lady) and Mike Vick (for his equally poor attempt at acting like a compassionate human being).

Free fireworks in: Altoona, Kane County and Salt Lake.

Wedding Wednesday – Boise Hawks

Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Boise assistant G. M. Dina Duncan is getting married and all this summer she is asking for help from Hawks fans. At every Wednesday home game this season fans will be given the opportunity to choose one aspect of her wedding. They’ve already picked the dress, the flowers and the invitations. Today they choose the photographer. Anyone who wants to help can vote online at [a href=http://baseballbride.com/poll/] Baseballbride.com[/a]. So far, Duncan has agreed with the fans choices. “They are doing fantastic,” she said. We assume our wedding invitation is in the mail.

Free fireworks in: Danville, Winnipeg and York.

El Guapo Bobble Belly Night – Nashua Pride

Thursday, July 26, 2007
The first, second and third thing you notice about pitcher Rich Garces is his stomach. The former major leaguer with the power arm ballooned up nicely to over 300 pounds. He is now pitching for Nashua of the Can-Am League and the Pride are planning to have a little fun with his girth. Instead of the head, it’s the belly on El Guapo’s statue that bobbles. The first 2,000 Pride fans will take home the belly to remember. Just be glad you don’t have to feed it.

Free fireworks in: Greeneville, Kane County, New Hampshire, Reading, Tri-City, Wilmington and Wisconsin.

Weird New Jersey Night – Newark Bears

Friday, July 27, 2007
There’s a book and a Web site out there that charts all the odd facts, strange stories and weird people in the Garden State. The Atlantic League’s Bears will bring in the authors of the book tonight to throw out the first pitch. The Bumper Car Psychos, two 400 lb. crazies who love to spend their weekends crushing people with bumper cars at a local amusement park, will also visit the park. Copies of the book will be given away to several lucky fans and any fan who comes to the park with their own copy receives free admission. And you thought a Friday night in Jersey only involved traffic jams and toxic waste.

Free fireworks in: Aiken, Akron, Asheville, Atlantic City, Beloit, Binghamton, Boise, Brooklyn, Brockton, Buffalo, Casper, Durham, Edinburg, Florence, Frederick, Gary Southshore, Greenville, Greensboro, Hickory, Kane County, Lexington, Nashville, New Orleans, Newark, Quad Cities, Reading, Rockford, Schaumburg, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Somerset, Tennessee, Tucson, Visalia, West Tenn and West Virginia.

Spoof Night – Casper Rockies

Saturday, July 28, 2007
Casper is going to turn their game backwards, sideways and inside out. Instead of having a first pitcher, the Rockies will have a fan catch the first pitch. Fans are invited to dress up as their favorite celebrity for a mock talent contest. The local paper will be on hand to allow fans to create their own crazy headlines for the night’s game. They will probably put a few journalists out of business.

Free fireworks in: Beloit, Binghamton, Bridgeport, Cedar Rapids, Clearwater, Great Falls, Greensboro, High Desert, Jamestown, Kane County, Kannapolis, Long Island, Midland, Nashville, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Norfolk, North Shore, Peoria, Rancho Cucamonga, Reading, Syracuse, Wichita, Williamsport, Windy City, Wisconsin and Yakima.

 

Michael Vick Animal Awareness Day – Long Beach Armada

Sunday, July 29, 2007
Long Beach is one of several minor league baseball teams choosing to turn the alleged idiocy of Mike Vick into something good. Pets are welcome at the park, today. Fans are invited to turn in their Vick jerseys as they enter the ballpark. They can choose whether the jersey will be used as a “pooper scoopers or wee-wee pads.” This is actually Plan B. Originally, the Armada planned to hold a bon fire with the collected Vick jerseys. How cool would that have been?

Free fireworks in: Frederick, Myrtle Beach, State College and Toledo.

 

Remote Control Night – Vermont Lake Monsters

Monday, July 30, 2007
For years minor league baseball clubs have been going after the ladies with diamond digs – burying a diamond in the infield and allowing women to paw around the dirt looking for the treasure. Vermont is turning the tables by giving men something to dig for. The Lake Monsters will bury a remote control in their infield. The lucky guy who digs it up will leave the ballpark with a new television. Bowl of chips and a beer are sold separately.

Un-Olympics Night – Long Beach Armada

Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Long Beach has had just about enough of the modern Olympics. The Golden Baseball League’s Armada plans to stage their own version of the Olympics, featuring the events they think should be there. Will the Un-Olympics include professional lounging? How about hot dog eating? Book tossing, maybe? They are being very tight-lipped about this one, so you’ll have to be there to find out.

Free fireworks in: Binghamton.

Stanley Cup Scavenger Hunt - Ottawa Lynx
Friday, June 1, 2007
Canada is Cup Crazy and the Ottawa Lynx are feeding the frenzy. The NHL’s championship returns to Canada’s capital for the first time since 1927. The Lynx are celebrating by sending some of their friends to the games. Fans that bring all 16 items listed in their scavenger hunt to the ballpark tonight will be entered in a drawing for tickets to a Stanley Cup game. The fun continues on Monday when the winner of the on-field musical chairs promotion also wins tickets. It’s a wonderful merger of home runs and goals, and down 2-0 the Ottawa Senators need all the help they can get.

Free fireworks in: Asheville, Binghamton, Birmingham, Buffalo, Charleston, Chattanooga, Durham, El Paso, Fort Wayne, Frederick, Fresno, Greenville, Huntsville, Indianapolis, Jupiter, Kannapolis, Lakewood, Lansing, Memphis, Mobile, Nashville, New Britain, New Orleans, Quad Cities, Rancho Cucamonga, River City, Savannah, Somerset, Sioux Falls, Springfield, Sussex, Tacoma, Tulsa, Vero Beach, Washington, Winston-Salem and Wisconsin.

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