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Promotions of the Day for May, 2008

Mighty Gonzales Record Night – Fort Myers Miracle

Thursday, May 1, 2008
David Gonzales has become somewhat of a celebrity in the Fort Myers area for pulling off quasi-amazing feats of strength. Tonight at the ballpark he will attempt to break the record for keg lifts. The current record is 900 over six hours. Gonzales will attempt to better that during the ballgame – likely giving him less than half the time. He does have one thing in his favor: Thursday is college night at Hammond Stadium. Some of those college kids may be able to help him lighten the load.

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Funky Feet Night – Bowie Baysox

Friday May 2, 2008
The Baysox are having fun with feet. Admission prices will vary according to fans’ feet - $1 per size. Between games of the doubleheader there will be contests to see who has the hairiest toes and ugliest feet. Musical chairs contestants will need to compete in bare feet. Best of all, anyone who has more than five toes on either foot gets in free. It’s a night former Milwaukee Brewer Sixto Lezcano would love.

Free fireworks in: Binghamton, Birmingham, Buffalo, Camden, Carolina, Charleston, Daytona, Delmarva, Fresno, Great Falls, Lake Elsinore, Lakewood, Lansing, Montgomery, Nashville, New Britain, Round Rock, Savannah, Scranton/Wilkes Barre, Southern Maryland, Springfield, Stockton, Tacoma, Visalia and Winston-Salem.

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Tenth Anniversary Salute to 2001 – Altoona Curve

Saturday, May 3, 2008
Throughout this, Altoona’s 10th season, the Curve will spend a night honoring each of the nine teams that came before it. The 2001 team was the worst in franchise history, but that doesn’t matter. Former players Aaron France and B. J, Barnes will be in attendance. There will also be trivia and songs from the 2001 season. Can you name that Al-toon-a?

Free fireworks in: Altoona, Birmingham, Bridgeport, Clearwater, Fort Myers, Inland Empire, Lansing, Nashville, Potomac, Sacramento, Southern Maryland, Trenton, Toledo, and York.

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Book Drive – Albuquerque Isotopes

Sunday, May 4, 2008
Albuquerque is holding a book drive and everyone is invited. Any fan that donates a children’s book at today’s PCL game will be entered in a drawing to be the Isotopes book All-Star. The prize includes throwing out the first pitch at an upcoming game, free tickets and an autographed ball. The first 3,000 fans will also receive a free pennant.

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Who Wants to be a Mexican Millionaire – Huntsville Stars

Monday, May 5, 2008
Most every team is celebrating Cinco de Mayo, but none are taking it to Huntsville’s level. Fans will receive a green card with a number on it, indicating that they are in the ballpark legally. If the No. 5 hitter in the Stars lineup hits for the cycle, one fan’s number will be chosen to win the equivalent of one million pesos worth of tickets ($92,000) – essentially a family six pack for life. All the on field games will have a Mexican slant to them and there’s even talk of making a human piñata out of one staffer by stringing him up by his feet and letting kids whack him with soft bats. No word on what goodies fall out when he breaks.

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NASCAR Night – Wilmington Blue Rocks

Tuesday, May 6, 2008
The official race is still about a month away, but Wilmington figures it’s never too early to honor the boys of the extended left turn. The official pace car from the Best Buy 400, held at nearby Dover International Speedway, will be at the ballpark tonight. So will a replica of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s car. Fans will have the opportunity to win tickets to the races that weekend. Those that don’t win can start saving money for tickets in the banks shaped like tour buses that will be given away at the gate.

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History Day – Frederick Keys

Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Frederick is once again bringing kids to the ballpark for a matinee, but the Keys don’t want the students to miss out on their education. As part of history day, several museums, including the Harper’s Ferry and Babe Ruth museums, set up displays in the concourse. The Keys are also handing out informational booklets that contain trivia questions to each fan as they enter the ballpark. Keys’ staffers, positioned throughout the ballpark, have the answers to questions that focus mainly on the Civil War.

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Prom Gone Wrong – Stockton Ports

Thursday, May 8, 2008
The Ports want to celebrate everything bad about prom, starting with the pictures. Stockton asked the parents of its players to send their kid’s prom pictures, which will be posted on the video board. All male staffers will wear tuxedos, while the ladies will don the gaudiest dress they can find. The Ports will also choose four guys and girls to compete in their between-innings contests, with the winners being crowned prom king and queen. The king and queen will even have their own spotlight dance at the end of the night. What they do after that is up to them…

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Paper Airplane Contest – Colorado Springs Sky Sox

Friday, May 9, 2008
It’s Colorado Spring’s version of Military Appreciation night. Fans will use their best folding skills to make airplanes out of the piece of paper the Sky Sox hand them. Colorado Springs will put targets on the field following the game. All 8,000 or so fans – most of them from nearby military bases or the Air Force Academy – can launch their paper airplanes onto the field. The five that come closest to the target win tickets to anywhere Express Jet flies – we presume in a metal airplane.

Free fireworks in: Akron, Binghamton, Camden, Chattanooga, Colorado Springs, Durham, El Paso, Fort Worth, Greensboro, Hickory, Huntsville, Kannapolis, Kinston, Indianapolis, Iowa, Lansing, Las Vegas, Lehigh Valley, Lexington, Louisville, Modesto, New Hampshire, New Orleans, Newark, NW Arkansas, Omaha, Portland, Quad Cities, Reading, Rochester, South Bend, Tucson, West Tenn, West Virginia and Winston-Salem.

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Celebrity Pie in the Face Night – Iowa Cubs

Saturday, May 10, 2008
Iowa has been running an online fan poll to determine which local celebrity most deserves a pie in the face. The winner, if you can call it that, will be announced at tonight’s Pacific Coast League contest, and mascot Cubbie Bear will introduce said face to a gooey pie. Mmmm. Pie.

Free fireworks in: Camden, Clearwater, Lakeland, Pensacola, Reading, Sioux City, Somerset, Tennessee and Tulsa. 

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Mother’s Day Buffet – Newark Bears

Sunday, May 11, 2008
Mom’s been asking to go to a ballgame all year. Newark wants her baseball afternoon to be special. Moms can present their freshly-opened Mother’s Day cards for free admission. Once inside, the Bears are cooking complimentary omelets for all moms. If they could find a way to guarantee all mothers will catch a foul ball, they’d really have something.

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210 Night – Visalia Oaks

Monday, May 12, 2008
At first glance, this promotion looked like another one of those nights designed to give special breaks to residents from a certain area code – the 210. Visalia, though, is in California, while the 210 encompasses San Antonio. The 210 Community Center is new to Visalia. Tonight, the Oaks will donate $2.10 from every purchased ticket to the Center. Seems like a good cause.


Election Night and Smurf Night – West Virginia Power

Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Feeling a little blue? You’ll fit in just fine at West Virginia. The Power are honoring those little blue staples of 1980s Saturday morning cartoons. Aside from painting themselves blue, Power staffers will substitute Papa, Handy and Grouchy Smurf pictures instead of player mugs on the video board. It’s also primary election night in the state of West Virginia, and while it’s too late to register to vote in the primary, the Power will have a desk where fans can register for the general election. The Dugout recommends registering until your blue in the face.

Free fireworks in: Sioux Falls.


Salute to Yankees Facial Hair Policy – Charleston RiverDogs

Wednesday, May 14, 2008
The New York Yankees are famous for keeping their players clean shaven. Charleston, the Yankees’ South Atlantic League affiliate, will poke fun at that policy. The Holy City Beard and Mustache Society will be there in all their ZZ-Top-ness. The RiverDogs will add beards and mustaches to all their players’ pictures on the video board. Anyone with facial hair longer than an inch gets $1 off admission. Charleston invited New York owner George Steinbrenner and crew to attend but didn’t get a response. Perhaps to appease the boss, the RiverDogs will have a barbershop quartet sing the National Anthem.


World’s Sexiest Plumber Night – Fort Myers Miracle

Thursday, May 15, 2008
James Denton, who plays the sexy plumber on Desperate Housewives, will take batting practice, throw out the first pitch and sign autographs. Normally a soap opera star wouldn’t be deemed Promo of the Day worthy, but Denton is a part owner of the Golden Baseball League’s Fullerton Flyers so he gets the benefit of the doubt. For baseball fans not Desperately inclined or those who’ve lost loved ones to plumbers, it’s also Thursty Thursday and Dog Daze. So drink half-priced beer and release the hounds on Denton.

Free fireworks in: Montgomery, Nashville and Trenton.


Pre-game Midget Wrestling – Arkansas Travelers

Friday, May 16, 2008
Arkansas is offering a little pre-game entertainment. Prior to tonight’s Texas League contest, the Travelers will host professional midget wrestling (is it real or fixed?). Watching the tiny in tights not big time enough? Then enjoy the music styling of Belvis the Black Elvis. Yep, he’s the same black Elvis impersonator who surprised Hillary Clinton in an Arkansas diner by breaking into One for the Money. After accepting the money Clinton, lobbied the Dems to add an Elvis-impersonating super delegate.

Free fireworks in: Binghamton, Buffalo, Charleston, Chattanooga, Durham, Frederick, Grand Prairie, Harrisburg, Huntsville, Indianapolis, Lake County, Lakewood, Lehigh Valley, Lincoln, Louisville, Nashville, Rancho Cucamonga, Reading, Rochester, Round Rock, Salem, Savannah, Sioux Falls, Somerset, Southern Maryland, Springfield, Stockton, Tacoma and Visalia.


They’re Coming… - Lakewood BlueClaws

Saturday, May 17, 2008
Most clubs are eager to talk about their promotions. Lakewood, well, they are all about building suspense. All the Sally League’s BlueClaws are willing to admit is that a few staffers are particularly fond of the sausage races in Milwaukee and the perogies in Pittsburgh. Hmmm. What’s New Jersey famous for? Sure, Lakewood could continue the food theme. Or, could we be on the verge of races featuring road construction barriers?

Free fireworks in: Binghamton, Bowie, Bridgeport, Chattanooga, Clearwater, Frederick, Lakeland, Midland, Reading, Springfield, Southern Maryland, Trenton, West Michigan, West Tenn and York.


Cooperstown Game – Syracuse Chiefs and Rochester Red Wings

Sunday, May 18, 2008
The International League is taking its 125th Anniversary show on the road. As part of the celebration, Syracuse and Rochester have chosen to essentially play a Hall of Fame game in Cooperstown, N.Y. Carlton Fisk, a 2000 inductee, will throw out the first pitch and sign autographs. It’s a simple idea that is beneficial to players, teams and fans.

Free fireworks in: Myrtle Beach.


Free Tickets – Akron Aeros

Monday, May 19, 2008
Anyone for free baseball? Akron convinced area Subway restaurants to purchase every ticket for tonight’s game. All fans have to do is stop buy one of their stores and pick up a voucher for a free ticket. No purchase necessary. No limit on tickets. No need to show proper identification. No strings attached. No foolin.


150th Anniversary of the Ticket Booth – Hagerstown Suns

Tuesday, May 20, 2008
The folks at Hagerstown determined that the first baseball ticket booth opened in 1858 in Long Island, N.Y. The Suns decided to throw the booth a 150th birthday party, complete with free cake for the first 150 fans. Those fans will also be entered in a drawing to win a three-game ticket package. Late arriving fans can peruse Hagerstown’s tribute to its own ticket booth, which has experienced many changes in its 78 years. Soon the Suns might even be able to sell tickets to the ticket booth.

Free fireworks in: San Angelo.


Geek Night – Myrtle Beach

Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Geeks may not be fun to hang out with, but they do make for good movie comedy. The Pelicans are honoring those like Napoleon Dynamite whose utter unorthodoxy brings us pleasure. Sure, professional nerd Myron Noodleman will perform at the ballpark, but it’s the movie nerds who offer the best revenge.

Free fireworks in: Gateway, Great Falls and Rockford.


Everybody Loves Ramen – St. Paul Saints

Thursday, May 22, 2008
The Saints really used the old noodle for this one. They will salute that staple of poor college students, Ramen Noodles, by incorporating them into all on-field promotions – which should make the slip-and-slid race interesting. There will also be a contest to see who can build the best castle of dry noodles. The Saints did, however, stop short of filling their hot tub with noodles. Probably because they couldn’t figure out which sauce packet went best with chlorine.

Free fireworks in: Myrtle Beach and Norfolk.


Amish Night – Wilmington Blue Rocks

Friday, May 23, 2008
A funny thing happened to Wilmington’s plan to have a little fun with the Amish: the Amish decided to show up for the game. The Blue Rocks dispensed with plans for a between-inning butter churning contest and a barn raising. Instead Wilmington will send a van to bring the Amish to the ballpark to introduce them to minor league baseball and allow them to showcase their wares. In case some Amish decided to forego the van ride, Wilmington is offering free buggy parking. No word on the hay concessions.

Free fireworks in: Altoona, Augusta, Binghamton, Beloit, Buffalo, Carolina, Chattanooga, Colorado Springs, Connecticut, Edmonton, Evansville, Florence, Frederick, Hagerstown, Hickory, Huntsville, Iowa, Kane County, Lake County, Lake Elsinore, Lakewood, Lancaster Barnstormers, Lancaster Jethawks, Las Vegas, Lehigh Valley, Lexington, Lincoln, New Orleans, Newark, Reno, Rockford, Round Rock, Scranton/Wilkes Barre, Sioux Falls, Sussex, Tennessee, Traverse City, West Tenn, Toledo and Tucson.


Kazoo World Record Night – Bowie Baysox and Connecticut Defenders

Saturday, May 24, 2008
On Saturday Bowie and Connecticut will do battle in an attempt to break the world record for most people simultaneously kazooing. The Eastern League’s Baysox will hand out 3,000 kazoos and ask their fans to join in for the seventh inning stretch’s Take Me Out to the Ballgame. The Defenders, a fellow Eastern Leaguer, hopes to hand out twice that many so their fans can play the first four verses of Yankee Doodle Dandy (there are 93 verses!). Should be a real hum-dinger.

Free fireworks in: Bakersfield, Beloit, Bowie, Cedar Rapids, Colorado Springs, Daytona, Frederick, Fort Myers, Kane County, Lansing, Long Island, Peoria, Potomac, Reno, San Antonio, West Michigan, Wilmington, Toledo, Tulsa, and York.


Bobble-Foot Giveaway – St. Paul Saints

Sunday, May 25, 2008
Larry Craig picked the wrong city. Last summer police arrested the Idaho senator for lewd conduct in the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. H pleaded guilty to using a common foot-tapping code in a bathroom stall in an attempt to entice someone to join him in the stall for a little “companionship.” On Sunday the St. Paul Saints will give the first 2,500 fans a “bobble-foot doll” that features a bathroom stall and bouncing foot. Why Sunday? It’s National Tap Dancing Day, of course.

Free fireworks in: Altoona, Arkansas, Ashville, Binghamton, Chillicothe, Corpus Christi, Kane County, Lancaster Barnstormers, Lehigh Valley, Memphis, Pawtucket, Pensacola, and Texarkana.


Salute You Local Heroes Night – Tennessee Smokies

Monday, May 26, 2008
Like most minor league clubs, Tennessee will honor local police, firefighting and military personnel on Memorial Day. Unlike other teams, the Smokies are going to dedicate a seat behind home plate to the American soldiers who went to war and never came home. The seat will remain permanently vacant. There will also be a military helicopter flyover and a 21-gun salute, and the first 2,000 fans will receive miniature American flags.

Free fireworks in: Atlantic City, Columbus, Fort Worth, Kinston and Lansing.


Salute to Beef – Lexington Legends

Tuesday, May 27, 2008
It’s all about the meat tonight in Lexington. The Legends will hold a contest to see which fan can build the best burger. Fans can also join the T-bone toss or spin the Wheel of Meat. If Lexington’s No. 3 or 4 hitters – the meat of the lineup – gets a hit, a couple lucky fans win beef. They should then get together with the winner of the night’s best between-inning promotion, where the fan that assembles a grill the fastest gets to take that grill home. Instant cookout.

Free fireworks in: Windy City.


Rickwood Classic - Birmingham Barons

Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Every year since 1996, Birmingham has played one game at Rickwood Field, keeping it an active ballpark. Built in 1910, Rickwood is two years older than Fenway Park and four years older than Wrigley Field. Today the Barons host Jacksonville. Former Birmingham Baron Jimmy Piersall will be on hand as the Barons pay tribute to his 1952 club. It’s a can’t-miss game for fans of old-time baseball.


Canadian Tuxedo Day – Stockton Ports

Thursday, May 29, 2008
Pop culture has dubbed the blue jeans and jean jacket look the “Canadian Tuxedo.” Stockton is going to have some fun with what they term a jean-on-jean offense. Fans sporting the northern tux will be chosen to participate in on-field events, with preference being given to those wearing REO Speedwagon t-shirts or sporting mullets. While most of the prizes are denim-themed, some fans will walked away with free tickets to an Oakland A’s game – the parent club of the Ports.


What Exit? - Newark Bears

Friday, May 30, 2008
Newark is celebrating its inherent New Jersey-ness. In honor of a proposed New Jersey Turnpike toll hike, the Bears are hosting What Exit? Night. Fans that show a turnpike receipt receive reduced admission. Those who share Gov. Jon Corzine’s surname will get to view the game from a skybox. One lucky row will even win a concession stand EZ Pass, allowing them to go to the front of any line in the ballpark. There will also be a voting booth where fans can determine which exit is the dividing line between north and south Jersey. All they are missing is a base race between Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen.

Free fireworks in: Akron, Arkansas, Atlantic City, Birmingham, Charleston, Chattanooga, Chico, Columbus Catfish, Connecticut, Durham, El Paso, Fort Wayne, Fort Worth, Fresno, Greensboro, Hagerstown, Indianapolis, Iowa, Lake County, Lexington, Louisville, New Hampshire, New Orleans, Omaha, Quad Cities, Rancho Cucamonga, Reading, Rochester, Rockford, Savannah, Sioux Falls, Southern Maryland, Tennessee, Traverse City, Tucson, Visalia and Washington.


George Washington Appearance - Potomac Nationals

Saturday, May 31, 2008
Ballpark visitors don’t get any bigger than the father of our country. OK, so it’s not the actual George Washington (he’s still dead). This Washington one of the racing president mascots from Potomac’s parent club, Washington. Among other activities, the oversized president will race Potomac mascot Uncle Slam between innings. And for those who want to learn more about Washington, the folks from Mount Vernon will give away free passes for tours of his plantation. Perhaps they will let fans chop down cherry trees.

Free fireworks in: Bridgeport, Daytona, Erie, Fort Wayne, Kane County, Lake County, Lansing, Midland, Montgomery, Nashville, New Jersey, Peoria, Potomac, Reading, Rochester, Southern Maryland, Stockton, West Michigan, West Tenn, Windy City and York.

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