Promotions of the Day for May, 2007
Championship Banner Giveaway - Lakewood BlueClaws
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Lakewood loves the sensation of flying the South Atlantic League’s 2006 championship banner over its ballpark. The BlueClaws want their fans to experience the feeling, so they are giving a slightly smaller replica of that flag to the first 2,000 fans that pass through their gates. It’s the first in a series of giveaways celebrating the first Sally title in Lakewood’s seven-year history. Raise them high and proud, boys.
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Imaginary Friend Night - Palm Beach Cardinals
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Palm Beach is honoring the best friends that exist only in our minds. Each fan that purchases a regular-priced ticket can bring up to three imaginary friends into the park for free. Video clips from the movie Harvey and the television show Mister Roger’s Neighborhood (The Land of Make Believe) will be played on the big screen. As fans enter the ballpark they will be given the opportunity to draw a picture of their imaginary friend. There will also be a contest to see who has the best imaginary friend. Will the winner receive an imaginary prize? You have to not see this one to believe it.
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Greg Maddux Replica Jersey Giveaway – Peoria Chiefs
| Thursday, May 3, 2007
The Chicago Cubs’ Midwestern League affiliate is turning back the clock to a time when future Hall-of-Famer Greg Maddux was a Cubs farmhand. The first 1,500 fans to enter the ballpark receive a free Maddux jersey. In addition, if the Chiefs score more than three runs, fans can redeem their ticket for a free Taco Bell taco. Free tacos. Where do you think this night ranks on Maddux’s career highlight reel?
Miniature Golf Tournament – Fort Myers Miracle
| Friday, May 4, 2007
The Miracle have put together their own unique kind of doubleheader. Fort Myers has 10:35 a.m. start for their Florida State League game against Tampa today. Then, at 7 p.m., they are holding a miniature golf tournament at the course a mile down the street. As many as 72 fans will compete in the tournament. One Miracle player, in uniform, will join each foursome for a round. Refreshments will be provided and there will be an award ceremony back at the Hammond Stadium Beer Garden following the tourney. Think the players were jumping at the chance to play? How many opportunities do they get to heckle the fans.
Free fireworks in: Altoona, Asheville, Binghamton, Birmingham, Brevard County, Bridgeport, Carolina, Fresno, Greenville, Hickory, Huntsville, Kinston, Lake County, Lancaster Barnstormers, Memphis, Modesto, Montgomery, Nashville, New Britain, New Orleans, Reading, Savannah, Somerset, South Bend, Toledo and West Virginia.
Erik Estrada Appearance – Altoona Curve
| Saturday, May 5, 2007
LA 7 Mary 3 and 4, please report to Altoona for the Curve’s Cinco de Mayo celebration. Well, at least Ponch (call sign: 7 Mary 4) will be there. For the second consecutive year Altoona is bringing in the former CHiPs star to help them celebrate the Mexican holiday. Maybe next year the Curve will book rock group Seven Mary Three to help get the full experience.
Free fireworks in: Bridgeport, Clearwater, Delmarva, Inland Empire, Lancaster Barnstormers, Lancaster Jet Hawks, Lansing, Long Island Montgomery, Nashville, Potomac, Reading, West Michigan, and Wichita.
St. Paul’s Largest Promotion Ever – St. Paul Saints
| Sunday, May 6, 2007
In 1951 owner Bill Veeck sent Ed Gaedel, all 3-foot-7 of him, to pinch hit for the St. Louis Browns, cementing Gaedel’s place in baseball lore as the smallest player ever. St. Paul, a team whose ownership group is headed by Veeck’s son Mike, will attempt to add the other bookend to that record. The Saints will send 7-foot-3 Dave Rasmussen up to bat during their American Association exhibition game. Rasmussen is expected to play the field, though the Saints promise he won’t play shortstop. That’s pretty much the long and the short of this promotion.
Free fireworks in: Lynchburg.
Office Space Night – Bowie Bay Sox
| Monday, May 7, 2007
Folks at Bowie are prepared to share their love for the movie “Office Space” with their fans. Clips from the 1999 classic about the pressures and absurdities of working in an office will be shown on the video board throughout the game. There will also be an area where fans can smash malfunctioning office equipment. Wear plenty of flair and bring your red stapler.
One Hit Wonders Night – Modesto Nuts
|Tuesday, May 8, 2007
The California League’s Modesto Nuts are honoring those who were famous only for a little while. Bands such as Milli Vanilli, Wall of Voodoo and Bow Wow Wow will hear their one hit blaring from the stadium speakers. But the Nuts won’t stop there. There will be clips from the unnecessary and imprudent sequels to Caddyshack and Scary Movie. They will also shine their one hit wonder spotlight on baseball players like former rookie of the year Bob Hamlin, who had one good year and basically did nothing else for their career. Ahh, but what a year it was…
Free fireworks in: Edinburg, Newark.
Night of the Teacher – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
| Wednesday, May 9, 2007
TThe Quakes front office didn’t do enough sucking up to their teachers when they were young, so they are giving teachers their own night at the ballpark. Teachers get into the ballpark for $5 and their friends receive 10 percent off their tickets. Once inside, teachers will receive a goody bag that includes concession stand coupons, a coffee mug and an apple. Teachers will be on the field for all of the between-inning promotions and skits and at least one will sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” The Quakes are working on a grading scale for the teachers’ performances. (Before you Quakers go nuts - no offense Modesto - just kidding about that sucking up stuff. You were probably just being friendly.)
Pat on the Back Night – Kannapolis Intimidators
| Thursday, May 10, 2007
The Intimidators decided that their fans aren’t getting enough credit and aim to change that. Every fan will receive a pat on the back from a Kannapolis staffer when they enter the ballpark. The Intimidators are also asking fans to write down some of their good deeds. The best deeds will be read aloud by the PA announcer throughout the ballgame. Just don’t go getting big heads, Intimidator fans.
Free fireworks in: Fort Worth, Sioux Falls and Trenton.
Donald vs. Rosie Night - Hagerstown Suns
| Friday, May 11, 2007
The Hagerstown Suns will attempt to solve the Donald Trump vs. Rosie O’Donnell debate. Fans that purchase a pink breast cancer awareness ribbon at tonight’s game will be eligible to vote for either Trump or O’Donnell. The winner will be announced near the end of the game. The Suns on-field promotions will include a best male hair contest. Winner of the contest advances to face Mark Cuban.
Free fireworks in: Akron, Buffalo, Camden, Charleston, Chattanooga, Colorado Springs, Connecticut, Edinburg, Great Lakes, Hagerstown, Harrisburg, Indianapolis, Iowa, Lake Elsinore, Lakewood, Lansing, Las Vegas, Louisville, Lynchburg, Mississippi, Myrtle Beach, Omaha, Portland Sea Dogs, Round Rock, San Jose, Scranton, Sioux Falls, South Bend, Springfield and Visalia.
QuackerJack Bobble-Tail – Long Island Ducks
| Saturday, May 12, 2007
The Atlantic League’s Ducks are out to show that anything can bobble these days. QuackerJack, Long Island’s mascot, has an ample posterior. The first 1,500 fans who enter the ballpark for Long Island’s Atlantic League game will receive a QuackerJack bobble-tail doll, which depicts the Ducks’ mascot sliding head first into a base – his bobbling tail pointed at the sky. Disco music to make the tail feathers really shake will have to be acquired separately.
Free fireworks in: Albuquerque, Bowie, Bridgeport, Daytona, Lexington, Midland, Pensacola, Salem, Somerset, Tennessee, Trenton, and West Tennessee.
Word to Your Mother – Sioux Falls Canaries
| Sunday, May 13, 2007
Many teams are doing things for mothers on their day, but Sioux Falls’ Word to Your Mother is the tops. For the “mother” part of the promo, the American Association’s Canaries are allowing all mothers free admission. For the “word” part, fans are going to be encouraged to read aloud poems that express their appreciation to their mothers. The Canaries intend to pamper all mothers by ensuring men make all the concession stand runs. Mothers will participate in on-field promotions, including their version of the dizzy bat race. The Canaries have contestants spin around a bat; then, when good and dizzy, attempt to roll an empty keg to across the finish line. Sioux Falls should go all out during this promotion by allowing the mothers to empty the kegs.
Lou E. Loon Poster Giveaway – Great Lakes Loons
| Monday, May 14, 2007
The day after Mother’s Day is traditionally a slow promotion day, but the Great Lakes Loons are the exception to the rule. It’s One-Hit Wonder Day for the for the Midwest League’s Loons, meaning the sounds of Kajagoogoo and Wall of Voodoo will fill the air. However, it’s the limited edition poster of mascot Lou E. Loon that’s the real headline. It’s a pretty cool looking mascot and word is that Lou E. will autograph it with his beak.
Rib Fest – Reading Phillies
| Tuesday, May 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: Amarillo and San Angelo.
Game Show Night – Lake Elsinore Storm
| Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Wanna take in a ballgame but don’t want to miss your favorite game show? Lake Elsinore is place to be. The Storm are paying homage to some of the greatest game shows. Storm staffers will be wearing game show-themed T-shirts saying things like “Bob Barker Beauty Reject.” Anyone named Bob Barker gets reduced admission. Price Is Right not your program? How about the Dating Game? Thunder, a huge green dog that serves as the Storm’s mascot, will be a contestant on their rendition of the match-making show. Think of the possible “whoopee” questions for that episode.
Pirates Night – Oklahoma Red Hawks
| Thursday, May 17, 2007
Arrggh, it’s a great day for baseball. The Pacific Coast League’s RedHawks are going to have a little walk-the-plank fun. They are giving away pirate’s eye patches to fans when they enter the park. RedHawks’ staffers will be dressed like pirates. There’s even a rumor of a treasure chest hidden somewhere in Bricktown Ballpark. It’s worth investigating.
Free fireworks in: Gary-Southshore, Joliet and Sioux City.
BBQ Tool Giveaway – Stockton Ports
| Friday, May 18, 2007
The California League’s Ports are combining two of the best aspects of Americana – baseball and BBQ. The first 1,000 fans to enter the ballpark for tonight’s game against the Bakersfield Blaze receive a three-piece set of BBQ tools. They will come in handy as Memorial Day draws near. Burgers, dogs, chicken and ribs will have to be purchased separately, and the Kiss the Cook apron has to be earned.
Free fireworks in: Ashville, Camden, Charleston, Charlotte County, Chattanooga, Clearwater, El Paso, Evansville, Frederick, Gary Southshore, Greenville, Huntsville, Joliet, Lake County, Lancaster Barnstormers, Mississippi, Modesto, Montgomery, Nashville, New Hampshire, Newark, New Orleans, Norfolk, Quad Cities, Rancho Cucamonga, Reading, Somerset, Toledo and Winston-Salem.
Baseball 101 – Toledo Mud Hens
| Saturday, May 19, 2007
Corporal Klinger’s favorite team is planning a ladies’ night, of sorts. Their “Workshop for Women” is designed to teach women the basics of baseball, without having all those pesky men snickering disapprovingly. In addition, the Mud Hens are auctioning off jerseys for the American Heart Association, holding a post-game home run hitting contest for high school baseball players, inviting boy scouts to sleep over and shooting off fireworks. Rumor has it that there may even be a baseball game in there somewhere.
Free fireworks in: Altoona, Beloit, Chattanooga, Clearwater, Delmarva, Fargo-Moorhead, Greensboro, Kannapolis, Kansas City, Nashville, Reading, San Antonio, Sioux City, Stockton, Toledo, Trenton, Tulsa and Wichita.
Mustache Growing Contest – Vero Beach Devil Rays
| Sunday, May 20, 2007
Gentlemen, stop your razors. Vero Beach is about to host its longest home stand of the season and it’s using the time to see who can grow the best mustache. Fans need to show up at the ballpark clean shaven, tonight. Eight days later they will return to have Devil Rays staffers choose the best growth. The winner gets season tickets. If there is enough interest, Vero promises to offer men’s and women’s divisions. P.T. Barnum would be proud.
Salute to Indoor Plumbing – West Virginia Power
| Monday, May 21, 2007
Usually taken for granted, West Virginia has decided to give indoor plumbing the mad props it deserves. The Power are bringing Porto-Potties to the ballpark and are considering closing their restrooms to give their fans that old-school outhouse feel. They are also replacing the bat in their dizzy bat race with a plunger, and are holding a between-inning toilet seat toss. Ahh, ambience. Toilet papering the ballpark is purely optional.
Down Under Night – Modesto Nuts
| Tuesday, May 22, 2007
They may not hail from the Land Down Under, but Modesto will act like they do tonight. The Nuts are honoring all things Australian. Men at Work and the Bee Gees will blare from the loud speakers. Crocodile Dundee and Mel Gibson movies will appear on the video board. Rumor has it that the ghost of Steve Irwin will try to make an appearance - so if you have a sting ray, please leave it at home.
Wiener Dog Nationals – Lincoln Saltdogs
| Wednesday, May 23, 2007
for a treat. The American Association’s Saltdogs begin their summer-long Wiener Dog Nationals tonight. Local dachshund owners are invited to bring their hotrod hot dogs to the park. Six will be allowed to enter today’s race. There will be two heats containing three dogs each. The heat winners face off to crown the champion. Prizes will be provided by Wachal Pet Center. The losers? They return to the shop for some body work and engine tweaking with hopes of fairing better next week.
Free fireworks in: Gateway, New Hampshire, Washington and Windy City.
World’s Largest Tighty Whitey Race; World’s Fastest Fat Man Race – West Virginia Power
| Thursday, May 24, 2007
It’s a busy – and somewhat heavy – night in West Virginia. The South Atlantic League’s Power have gotten their hands on a couple of pairs of size 100 men’s briefs. They are going to stuff the underwear with multiple people and have them compete in a foot race against another team of fans stuffed in a different pair of underwear. Later in the game the Power will invite all the fat men in the ballpark onto the field and let them race to see who is fastest. Luckily for the rest of the fans, West Virginia has chosen not to combine the events.
Free fireworks in: Chillicothe and Sussex.
Game Show Night – Great Lakes Loons
| Friday, May 25, 2007
GWest Tennessee is going to scour the parking lot taking pictures of 10 cars’ license plates. They will post the photos on their video board, and the fans who are the owners of the cars will receive gift certificates for $10 worth of gas. The 10 spot won’t buy as much as the Diamond Jaxx thought it would when they came up with the idea but, hey, it’s a start.
Free fireworks in: Akron, Atlantic City, Binghamton, Burlington, Brockton, Camden, Carolina, Colorado Springs, Columbus Clippers, Columbus Catfish, Connecticut, Edinburg, Florence, Greensboro, Hagerstown, Harrisburg, Hickory, Iowa, Kane County, Las Vegas, Lincoln, Louisville, Mississippi, Modesto, Nashua, Newark, Rancho Cucamonga, Rockford, Round Rock, Rochester, Salt Lake, Schaumburg, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, South Bend, Tennessee, Tucson, Visalia, West Virginia and Winnipeg.
Yo-Yo World Record Night – Bowie Baysox
| Saturday, May 26, 2007
Up and Down and Up and Down. The Bowie Baysox will attempt to break the world record of simultaneous yo-yoing following their Eastern League game tonight. The Baysox will give away yo-yos to the first 1,500 fans that enter the ballpark. Even if only half of those fans stick around for the final out, the Baysox will easily break the current record of 432. Those Baysox know a thing or two about records. They also hold the world record for simultaneous tooth brushing and simultaneous whoopee cushion, ahh, whoopeeing.
Free fireworks in: Albuquerque, Beloit, Binghamton, Bowie, Bridgeport, Charlottte, Kane County, Lansing, Long Island, Lynchburg, Midland, Nashua, Peoria, Rancho Cucamonga, River City, Rochester and Toledo.
Bald Is Beautiful Day – Harrisburg Senators
| Sunday, May 27, 2007
The Senators want to raise money for the Hope Lodge, which is a place where cancer patients and their loved ones of cancer patients can stay if they have to travel for treatment. Fans who shave their heads outside the gates of the ballpark get in free, with the Senators donating the price of the ticket to the Hope Lodge. Many of those who shave their heads will also get free hats and T-Shirts. Three Senators players have also volunteered to have their heads shaved. And don’t feel left out if you’re already bald. The follicly challenged get into the game for just two bucks.
Family Picnic Olympics – Great Lakes Loons
| Monday, May 28, 2007
On this Memorial Day, Great Lakes has chosen to pit family against family. They will grab a group of families to compete in their between-innings promotions. Each time a family member finishes last, that family is eliminated. The final showdown will be the hamster ball race. The winning family takes home a picnic basket filled with picnic tools and supplies. Just in time for summer, too.
Free fireworks in: Chattanooga, Fort Worth, Kinston, Lexington, New Jersey, Omaha and River City.
Operation Enduring Freedom - Reading Phillies
| Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Most of the time the Promotion of the Day is something unusual or wacky. Today, the day after Memorial Day, Reading is being rewarded for its good deed. The Eastern League’s Phillies are asking fans to bring personal care products, food, reading materials, CDs and DVDs to the ballpark. Reading will turn the items over to Operation Enduring Freedom, which will in turn send them to troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Korea and other places. Regardless of politics, it’s a good cause. The wackiness returns tomorrow.
Free fireworks in: Slippery Rock.
Dr. Seuss Night – Lake Elsinore Storm
| Wednesday, May 30, 2007
There's nothing like a little rhyming and whimsy at the ballpark. The PA announcements at Lake Elsinore's Dr. Seuss Night game will be made in verse. The staff will dress up like Dr. Seuss characters. Any fan who dresses like a Dr. Seuss character receives reduced admission. Even the players are getting into the act. They will be wearing red and white striped socks similar to the ones worn by The Cat in the Hat. It’s still to be determined who will carve the roast beast.
Game Show Night – Great Lakes Loons
| Thursday, May 31, 2007
Great Lakes is playing tribute to America’s mid-morning pastime of watching game shows. A staffer will play the role of Bob Barker. Between inning promotional contestants will be asked to “Come on down” out of the stands to participate. There is even a rumor of some type of Family Feud stunt. Survey says…Promotion of the Day.
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.