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Tom Cruise Bobble-Couch Giveaway – Lake Elsinore Storm

Friday, June 30, 2006

The California League’ Storm honors Tom Cruise’s bizarre on-camera antics with the first-ever bobble-couch giveaway. The first 1,500 fans receive a statuette commemorating the movie star’s couch gymnastics first performed on the Oprah Winfrey Show. In a tribute to Cruise’s daughter Suri’s silent birth, Lake Elsinore will hold a silent inning void of P.A. announcements or music. There will also be a couch jumping contest and a collection of Tom Cruise tabloid headlines. They’ve done the research.

Free fireworks in: Charleston, Colorado Springs, Durham, El Paso, Everett, Greenville, Harrisburg, Huntsville, Lincoln, Nashville, New Orleans, Omaha, Rochester, Savannah, Scranton-Wilkes Barre, South Bend, Springfield, Staten Island, Tacoma, Camden, Newark, Gary, SouthShore and Winnipeg.

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Money Drop – New Hampshire Fisher Cats

Thursday, June 29, 2006

The Fisher Cats will invite 25 lucky fans onto the field following their Eastern League game against Trenton, offering a chance to get rich. A helicopter will drop $1,000 and the lucky 25 will chase the blowing bills, keeping as much as they can catch. The potential for chaos is hard to pass up.

Thirsty Thursdays: Bakersfield, Charleston, Clearwater, El Paso, Greeneville, Huntsville, Lansing, Louisville, Modesto, Nashville, New Jersey, New Orleans, Oklahoma, Savannah, Southwest Michigan, Tri-City Dust Devils, Vero Beach and Yakima.

Free fireworks in: Sussex

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Irish Night – Charleston RiverDogs

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Top O’ the inning ta ya! Charleston is bringing a touch of Irish to the South Atlantic League. The RiverDogs will have a leprechaun tossing boxes of Lucky Charms into the stands. Feast on green hot dogs and green beer – they swear it’s not leftover from March. Raise your pint in hopes they slingshot corned beef into the stands.

Free fireworks in: Fort Worth

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College/Career Fair – Mahoning Valley Scrappers

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Mahoning Valley of the New York-Penn League will host Youngstown State students for a college night complete with a career fair. The first 2,500 fans will also receive a scratch-off lottery ticket. Do Youngstown students have a better chance at getting a job or winning the lottery? Just kidding. We love the Penguins.

Free fireworks in: Altoona, Binghamton, Fort Worth and West Michigan.

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Desperate Househusbands Night – Brevard County

Monday, June 26, 2006

Brevard general manager Buck Rogers tired of ladies getting all the breaks, so he created a men’s night out. Men are invited to bring their “honey-do” lists, some of which will be read over the public address system. The Manatees will choose the best list, and go the winner’s house and perform the tasks. No word as to whether “husbandly duties” will be included.

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Shoeless Joe Jackson Night – Hagerstown Suns

Sunday, June 25, 2006

A significant country theme runs through today’s promotions, including Hee-Haw night in Kinston and a cow milking contest in Frederick. Our choice, however, is the Shoeless promotion in Hagerstown, where fans are encouraged to attend barefoot. We’d love to see the looks on fans’ faces after traipsing through the cotton candy, mustard and used chewing gum that usually resides on stadium floors.

Free fireworks in: Bowie, Frederick and State College.

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Redneck Wine and Cheese Festival – Kansas City T-Bones

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Apparently there are too many high society events taking place in the Kansas City area. To mock them, the T-Bones are holding a tented event that features spray cheese and Boones Farm wine. There will be a deer hunting stand in foul ground where the redneck fan-of-the-game can sit. The capper? One lucky fan will receive a trip to Minnesota’s Spam museum – via Greyhound, of gourse.

Free fireworks in: Beloit, Bowie, Casper, Columbus Catfish, Daytona, Fort Wayne, Greeneville, High Desert, Iowa, Pensacola, Reading, San Antonio, Tennessee, Trenton, Tri-City Dust Devils and Yakima.

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World Record Whistle Blowing Attempt – Rome Braves

Friday, June 23, 2006

Some people will do anything to get into the record book. The Rome Braves are counting on several thousand of those people attending tonight’s game. All fans will receive a whistle and will be told when to blow. If enough do, the Braves will be entered in the Guinness Book of World Records. Wouldn’t it be better if they used dog whistles?

Free fireworks in: Akron, Beloit, Birmingham, Bowie, Bridgeport, Brockton, Buffalo, Camden, Charlotte, Everett, Fargo-Moorhead, Fort Wayne, Frederick, Greensboro, Hickory, Indianapolis. Iowa, Jacksonville, Joliet, Kinston, Lake County, Lexington, Louisville, Mahoning Valley, Oklahoma, Round Rock, Staten Island, Stockton, Syracuse, Tucson, Tulsa, West Virginia and Winston-Salem.

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Napoleon Dynomite Night – Fort Myers Miracle

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Fort Myers will do anything except catch you a delicious bass. The sound track will play all night. There’ll be a tater tot building station, dancing contests, bike jumps and an Uncle Rico station where you can test your accuracy as a quarterback. Plus, it’s Thirsty Thursday, so the movie clips can be enjoyed in their intended state. Tina, come get your ham!

Thirsty Thursdays: Atlantic City, Brevard County, Casper, Charlotte, Columbus Catfish, Daytona, Fort Myers, Fresno, Greensboro, Hagerstown, Helena, High Desert, Lexington, Louisville, Oklahoma, Pensacola, Portland Sea Dogs, Round Rock, Stockton, Tucson, Tulsa and West Tenn.

Free fireworks in: Iowa, Orem, Reading, Somerset, Trenton, and the Tri-City ValleyCats.

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Pay What You Weight – Atlantic City Surf

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

How’s that summer diet going? The Atlantic City Surf will reward all fans who can comfortably fit in their seats by basing admission on raw tonnage. Have a couple of salads before heading to the ballpark and receive discounted admission. Then, you can eat all the Twinkie dogs you want – guilt free.

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Cheers Night – Sioux City Explorers

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Head to a ballpark where everybody knows your name. Sioux City is handing out packs of tickets to 19 area bars. They only catch: one member from each bar has to come dressed as a Cheers cast member. The bars will compete in contests all night to determine which bar is the best. Ya know Norm, it’s a little known fact that the idea for the night originated in Togo.

Free fireworks in: Hudson Valley and State College.

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Let’s Make a Deal – Kansas City T-Bones

Monday, June 19, 2006

Kansas City of the Northern League will pay the driver of each car $1 to park. That alone is enough incentive to see a T-Bones game. In addition, a staff member will walk around the park offering Monty Hall-type cash deals for fans that bring common items to the park. This would be a good day to wear mismatched socks to a game. We’re not sayin’ – we’re just sayin’…

Free fireworks in: Spokane

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Father’s Day – Newark Bears

Saturday, June 18, 2006

The child who writes the best essay about their dad will get to throw out the first pitch to their dad before Newark’s Atlantic League contest against the Road Warriors. Anyone who brings a Father’s Day card earns free admission. Really, are there many better places to spend Father’s Day than at a ballpark?

Free fireworks in: Altoona

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Catchers Mitt Giveaway – Huntsville Stars

Saturday, June 17, 2006

MinorLeagueDugout.com loves the tools of ignorance, so when the Southern League’s Stars announced they were foregoing the regular glove promotion and giving away catchers mitts, it was a natural selection. Good catchers are always in demand. By giving away mitts to the first 1,500 kids, Huntsville is getting a jump start on grooming local talent.

Free fireworks in: Binghamton, Bridgeport, Cedar Rapids, Fort Wayne, Hagerstown, Joliet, Kannapolis, Lancaster, Midland, Montgomery, Myrtle Beach, North Shore, Potomac, Sioux Falls, Rancho Cucamonga, Rochester, Sacramento and Visalia.

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Carnival Night – West Michigan

Friday, June 16, 2006

The Whitecaps are especially proud that they are bringing in a 45-foot Ferris wheel. We think the coolest part of Carnival Night is that the first pitch will be thrown out by a 9,000 lb. elephant. Laura will use her trunk to toss the ball. If a switch hitter were to face Laura, what side of the plate would he hit from?

Free fireworks in: Binghamton, Birmingham, Bridgeport, Colorado Springs, Connecticut, Durham, El Paso, Gary Southshore, Greensboro, Greenville, Hagerstown, Huntsville, Iowa, Joliet, Lakewood, Long Island, Modesto, Nashville, New Hampshire, New Haven, Newark, Rochester, Round Rock, Scranton-Wilkes Barre, South Bend, Springfield, Sussex, Quad Cities, Tacoma, Tennessee, Toledo and West Virginia.

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Studebaker Night – South Bend Silver Hawks

Thursday, June 15, 2006

South Bend pays tribute to the car that gave them their name. For 100 years, Studebaker made its home in South Bend. For one night, the nearby Studebaker museum will bring its collection of the classic cars to the ball park. Impress your friends when you mention that a Studebaker was the pace car of the 1929 Indy 500.

Thirsty Thursday: Augusta, Bakersfield, Brevard County, Brockton, Charleston, Delmarva, El Paso, Hagerstown, High Desert, Huntsville, Joliet, Las Vegas, Midland, Nashville, New Orleans, Savannah, Quad Cities, Vero Beach, Visalia and Winston-Salem.

Free fireworks in: Altoona, Kane County, Tacoma, Trenton and West Michigan.

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Working Money Weeknight – Memphis Redbirds

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Memphis is offering its fans the chance to make some money at the ballpark. The first 1,500 fans receive an envelope filled with cash – anywhere from $1 to $100. Think any enterprising fans will launch an impromptu game of Deal or No Deal?

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Back Seat Driver Night – Charleston RiverDogs

June 13, 2006

The RiverDogs consider this promotion to be the follow-up to Bring Your Mother-in-Law to the Ballpark night. Fans who bring a back seat driver get in free. (The back seat driver pays double.) The high light of the night could be the back seat car race, where blindfolded contestants race remote control cars while their back seat driver tells them where to turn. If this was New York, the beat seat driver would tell them where to go.

Free fireworks in: Altoona and Winnipeg.

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Game at Citizens Bank Ballpark – Reading Phillies.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Reading will host Eastern League foe Trenton in an unfamiliar surrounding. The Double-A Phillies move an hour away to play at the home of their major league affiliate, Philadelphia. It’s a date the Reading players have been looking forward to all season – probably because you can’t get a good cheese steak in Reading.

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Play-Doh’s 50th Birthday – St. Paul Saints

Sunday, June 11, 2006

You can make it with Play-Doh. St. Paul will show you how. The Saints are honoring the supple substance by giving away free cans to kids, setting up Play-Doh stations for all, and offering Play-Doh hair cuts. Can a Play-Doh sandwich be far behind?

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Chicago Bears Celebrity Home Run Derby – Schaumburg Flyers

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Schaumburg is bringing in some Monsters of the Midway for a long ball contest before the Flyers’ Northern League game against Joliet. Sure, there are a couple of Bears who only the Super Fans will recognize. But Cedric Benson will be there and I’m thinking of drafting him in my fantasy football league next season.

Free fireworks in: Albuquerque, Beloit, Bowie, Cedar Rapids, Delmarva, Fort Worth, Inland Empire, Kansas City, Lansing, Lexington, Peoria, Reading, Sacramento, Southwest Michigan and Toledo.

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Wedding Renewal Night – Brevard County

Friday, June 9, 2006

Following today’s Florida State League contest versus Jupiter, The Manatees invite married fans to stand around home plate and renew their wedding vows. The team chaplain will perform the ceremony for fans expected to wear anything from traditional tuxedos to goofy Disney World apparel. After the ceremony, the re-newlyweds get to run the bases. Insert your “home run” joke here.

Free fireworks in: Akron, Bakersfield, Bowie, Brockton, Camden, Charleston, Colorado Springs, Durham, Fort Wayne, Frederick, Harrisburg, Hickory, Iowa, Jacksonville, Lake County, Lancaster, Lansing, Las Vegas, Lexington, Louisville, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Orleans, Omaha, Palm Beach, St. Joe, Scranton-Wilkes Barre, Somerset, Stockton, Quad Cities, Toledo, Tulsa, Wichita, Winston-Salem and Wisconsin.

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Super Hero/Italian Night – Frederick Key

Thursday, June 8, 2006

Frederick decided to offer two promotions for the price of one. For the super hero portion of the evening, fans are encouraged to dress as their favorite super hero. Local outfit Beyond Comics will supply the “real life” Superman, Batman and Wolverine. For the Italian portion, ballpark cafés will feature Italian food. We hope they combine the two promotions to produce one Italian super hero. Our suggestion: The Magnificent Meatball.

Thirsty Thursdays: Brevard County, Charlotte, Clearwater, Columbus Catfish, Greensboro, Hagerstown, Jacksonville, Kannapolis, Lansing, Las Vegas, Lexington, Modesto, New Orleans, Omaha, Pensacola, Reading, Quad Cities, Tucson, Tulsa, Visalia, West Tenn and Winston-Salem.

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Home Run Bears – Harrisburg Senator

Wednesday, June 7, 2005

Harrisburg is giving the first 1,500 kids who enter Commerce Bank Park the Senators’ version of the teddy bear. Dressed in Harrisburg uniforms, the plush bears are holding a bat and are ready for action. It’s a promotion that could please everyone – except maybe Stephen Colbert. Although, the renowned bear hater may approve of swinging the “rally” bears over your head or mashing them together like thunder sticks.

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Halloween Night – Fort Myers Miracle

Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Oddly enough, most clubs are letting this date pass quietly. Not Fort Myers. The Miracle are celebrating 6-6-06 by turning it into fright night. Kids who wear Halloween costumes will receive free candy. Ominous music will blare throughout the night. We’re expecting the Monster Mash. We’re hoping for Iron Maiden’s The Number of the Beast. Either way, first pitch is scheduled for 6:06 p.m., unless the world comes to an end earlier in the day.

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Great Unsigned Bands Concert – Memphis Redbird

Monday, June 5, 2006

Memphis is doing American Idol the right way. The city known for its music will bring in a local band and allow them to play their music for Redbird fans. We suspect the group has more talent than the collective Idol contestants. If that’s true, they would undoubtedly be voted off the first day.

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Salute to the Commute – Lancaster JetHawks

Sunday, June 4, 2006

Lancaster honors those who commute to work. Reserve seat ticket prices for the California League game against Lake Elsinore are set at the national average cost of a gallon of gas. The JetHawks will give away prizes that include free gas, free oil changes and two free weeks of day care. Start thinking about your worst spilled-coffee story. That’s worth a prize, too.

Free fireworks in: Altoona, Binghamton, Clearwater and Kane County.

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Salute to the Cardboard Box – Charleston RiverDogs
Saturday, June 3, 2006

No one is happier that the lowly cardboard box was inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame than those wacky folks in Charleston. The RiverDogs will give unassembled boxes to the first 1,000 fans entering the ballpark. They will provide a cardboard box technician to aid the cardboard-challenged with assembly. They will also build a castle out of cardboard. Finally, Charleston is thinking inside the box.

Free fireworks in: Brevard County, Cedar Rapids, Daytona, Delmarva, Frederick, Fresno, High Desert, Kane County, Kansas City, Memphis, Nashville, New Jersey, North Shore, Peoria, Potomac, Rochester, Schaumburg, Sioux Falls, Trenton, West Michigan, West Tennessee, Wichita, Williamsport and Winston-Salem.

Free fireworks in: Quad Cities.

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Midget Wrestling – Arkansas Travelers
Friday, June 2, 2006

Sure, it’s not politically correct. That’s why we like it. The Southern League’s Arkansas Travelers will host a world championship midget wrestling match before their game against Midland. Little Kato will defend his Midget World Order title against Bad Boy Brian. We’re hoping the winner gets to pull an Ed Gaedel and pinch hit in the Southern League contest.

Free fireworks in: Atlantic City, Binghamton, Birmingham, Buffalo, Camden, Charleston, Chattanooga, Connecticut, El Paso, Frederick, Hagerstown, Indianapolis, Kane County, Kannapolis, Lake County, Lakewood, Lancaster, Louisville, Modesto, Nashville, New Britain, Newark, Oklahoma, Palm Beach, Rancho Cucamonga, Rochester, Round Rock, Sacramento, South Bend, Sussex, West Michigan, Winston-Salem and Wisconsin.

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Slovenian Polka Night – Lake County Captains
Thursday, June 1, 2006

June is synonymous with the Polka. Well, at least in Lake County. The South Atlantic League’s Cleveland Indians affiliate is honoring its large local Slovenian population by flooding the ballpark with their style of Polka. Yes, apparently it is different from Polish and German Polkas. If you’re worried about accuracy, don’t be. Representatives from the nearby Polka Hall-of-Fame will be at the game. Apparently that exists, too.

Thirsty Thursdays: Augusta, Brevard County, Charleston, Clearwater, Daytona, Delmarva, El Paso, Fort Worth, Fresno, Hagerstown, Huntsville, Kannapolis, Lansing, Las Vegas, Louisville, Midland, Modesto, Oklahoma, Round Rock, St. Joe, Savannah, Stockton and Winston-Salem.

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