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Interesting National League Promotions: April 2015

Yesterday we looked at the American League, today let’s take a look at what interesting promotions the National League will use to get fans into the ballpark this month. Spoiler, there are no New York Mets promotions on the list this month. They should try harder.

Philadelphia Phillies: The only promotion from the NL East that makes the list is a pair of socks the Phillies will give out at the end of the month.


Cincinnati Reds: Nasty Boys Epic Bobblehead


Pittsburgh Pirates: Another team giving away socks! I’m for this trend.


St. Louis Cardinals: Two great promotions this month. First, a full on, zippered sweatshirt. Second, a bobblehead that demonstrates Molina’s dominance behind the plate.


Los Angeles Dodgers: I love when teams give out pins and jerseys and the Dodgers are doing both several times this month:


San Francisco Giants: You know the champs have to do somethings to let people know they’re the champs:


Interesting American League Promotions: April 2015

Promotions are a critical part to get fans to the game, especially in April when the month can bring cold, dreary weather that can drive fans away from the park. Let’s see what interesting options are out there:

Baltimore Orioles: AL East Champions Wall Art. If this was a poster, it would be nothing to talk about but it looks like a screen print wrapped around a wooden frame, similar to the Shea Stadium one the Mets gave out last year that was nice.


New York Yankees: A almost full size bat day? Almost unheard of these days but for kids 14 and younger, they’ll get one. Its also against the Mets, so there’s that.


Tampa Bay Rays: The Rays are always good for odd promotions and this month is no exception. You can get an Alex Cobb Gumby doll and the next day you can get an Evan Longoria Rubber Duck. Its also against the Yankees, so I’m sure a good number of these will make their way up 95.


Chicago White Sox: A welcome mat shaped like a baseball diamond? AWESOME. Done. Someone get me tickets to Chicago.


Detroit Tigers: The Tigers are honoring the Detroit Stars, Detroit’s Negro League team with these beautiful scarves.


Kansas City Royals: Replica trophies are always fun.


Minnesota Twins: A hoodie? This is super nice for free.


Houston Astros: Bobbleheads that do anything a little different generally end up on this list.


Oakland Athletics: Argyle Socks! Sucks that it has the Chevy logo so prominently displayed.


Seattle Mariners: The Mariners are always good for crazy promotions and bobbleheads. Here are two gems for April:


Texas Rangers: Uhhhhhhhh…..


Fresno Grizzlies Remove “2017 Astros World Champions” Promotions

Yesterday the Fresno Grizzlies announced they were going to celebrate the 2017 World Series Champions, the Houston Astros this season. The night would include Back to the Future themed Jerseys and replica world champion rings for the fans.


It sounds like the jerseys are still on, but the rings won’t be happening anymore.

I can see the arguments for both sides of this debate. On the positive, its fun to have confidence and in a world where promotions are becoming less and less unique, this stands out (even the jerseys aren’t unique as tons of minor league teams are doing ridiculous jerseys this year because of how easy it is to do them cheaply). On the negative, it could be a jinx.

Honestly, I find it hard to see how this promotion does anything for the Fresno or Astros brand positively or negatively in the long term. If the Astros win, people won’t think more of the Grizzlies for “predicting” it. If the Astros don’t win, very, very few people would actually seriously blame the minor league team for jinxing the major league club.

I wonder though, in an age before twitter, if this promotion actually happens. Twitter now provides teams with immediate feedback on their ideas.

Brooklyn Cyclones to Wear Darth Maul’s Giant Face

The Brooklyn Cyclones are running their second Star Wars night in August, this year year having the team wear Darth Maul’s giant face across the front of their uniforms:

A few notes about this jersey that separates it from other Star Wars nights across the USA:

  • No one has just worn a character’s face (not including R2D2 jerseys, but they are wearing his body technically, not his face)
  • No one has worn a jersey with the Star Wars language as a font. I’m pretty surprised it took someone this long to think of that idea.
  • A few other teams have worn a Sith logo, it was also nice to see the Cyclones change their patch to the same colors.
  • It’s an odd look to have the face motif continue on the back.

Furthermore the cyclones are giving out a bobblehead of their mascot as Jedi.

Look Star Wars nights are starting to lose their novel factor since so many teams do them now, but they are still a lot of fun and a change of pace (I’d still argue that they are novel) so I’m glad to see the Cyclones do something bold to set them apart slightly from other teams.


Now only if a team could do the Power Rangers…

August 2012: National League Promotions

What interesting promotions are the teams in the National League giving away this month? Let’s take a look:

Reds: Mascot Cup. Great for little kids, but children up to 14 can get one…interesting or terrifying?

Cardinals: It’s interesting that more teams don’t give out replica tickets (or in the case of the Mets, sell them):

Astros: Giving away a jersey, so automatic entry here:

Giants: Without fail, the Giants always keep up the important tradition of giving out pins. Also a ridiculous bobblehead:


Diamondbacks: If you watch all 18 innings, you get this awesome pin! Hope that neither game goes into extras, otherwise this pin will be a lie:

August 2012: American League Promotions

The Dog Days of Summer! What are teams in the American league offering fans coming to the ballpark before school starts up?

Tampa Bay Rays: Uh…what?

Baltimore Orioles: A T-shirt has to be special to make it onto this list, since T’s are a common giveaway. This one is special:

Texas Rangers: Two fantastic, unusual bobbleheads this month:

Oakland Athletics: What makes this bobblehead unique is that it has the radio call in it so it also makes noise. Nice.

Los Angeles Angels: File this under extremely practical:

July 2012 Promotions: National League

As we established yesterday, I forgot to do my monthly tour around the Majors looking for the best promotions, so I’m doing it now! Yesterday we took a look at the American League and today we will take a look at the National League.

Washington: Cheers Mate. How ’bout a beer stein?

Pittsburgh: This takes the cake for unusual, it’s an inner tube!

St. Louis: Rings!

Houston: For Burke’s 18th inning winner. Cool event to memorialize:

San Francisco: SNAP WATCHES

Los Angeles: A Double Bobble!

Arizona: A couple of interesting hits from D-backs this month:

July 2012 American League Promotions

Oops, July came by and I forgot to write the monthly tour around the majors for interesting promotions. Better late than never right? So today we are going to go through the offerings of the American League:

Baltimore: People who follow this blog know that teams giving away a jersey automatically get a shoutout here, as the Orioles will be doing this month. Also, Baltimore is taking on nice twist to their normal floppy hat night. The top of the hat has the Maryland Flag!

Minnesota: People who follow this blog also know that the other way to get an automatic mention is to give away a collectible lapel pin:

Kansas City: Chips and Dip platter? Can the Mets PLEASE DO THIS? Oh and check out this sweet Buck O’Neil Bobble:

Texas: A Nolan Ryan Snow Monkey? Plus automatic Jersey Post.

Oakland: Sweet Oakland Oaks Hat:

Angels: An inflatable chair? In the college world, this would mean if an entire apartment went, that apartment would now have furniture. Also automatic jersey post:


Seattle: You know I never thought of a manicure set as a baseball promotion but whatever. Also a double bobble!

Buffalo Bisons 2012 Stars Wars Night (AKA BEST PROMOTION NIGHT EVER)

One of the best nights of the year in Buffalo is Star Wars night. As always, this years uniforms look AWESOME:


Anyway in addition to this, Bisons fans will be treated to a lot of major league players tonight as Moyer makes his start for the Tides, and Miguel Tejada and Brian Roberts should be making rehab starts for the Tides as well while the Bisons will have Mejia on the mound to start.

Oh, and there will be an on field lightsaber battle after the game. I really wish I was in Buffalo tonight.

June 2012 Promotions: Mets

Now that we have walked through the other 29 teams, its time to look at what specifically the Mets will be doing in the month of June:

June 2nd: Visor

June 3rd: Mets Hall of Fame Day!..and Cap!

June 17th: Keith Hernandez Bobblehead! No photo yet

June 23-25: Cap Trade (No Photo Yet)

It’s a pretty chill month for the Mets, but it looks like they’ll be giving away some decent stuff in June.