Baseball teams are known for promotions.
It could be dollar dog days, or hats, or something for kids, or adults. There are posters and jerseys, and shirts, and all sorts of greatness.
Usually, it’s limited to a certain amount of people coming through the gates who get the item if it is a giveaway night. The other nights, such as dollar dog days, or something for a decade (80s night, 50s night etc) or something else can include everybody.
I’m not the biggest fan of some theme nights as I’m not one to “dress the part.” I’ve been to many different ones, such as superhero night, but I kind of just go for the baseball night.
Giveaways, on the other hand, I love.
Over the years, I’ve had the chance to get some cool giveaway promotional items. But when it comes down to a favorite, it’s not something easy to pick out.
But I think I am onto this one.
In my area, there used to be a long-standing minor league team. For years, they were affiliated with the Yankees. Then for 10 or so years, they were with the Tigers. It was the Tigers that I covered for six seasons, fulfilling a goal of covering professional baseball.
For the majority of those years in Oneonta, the team was owned by a small group of local people. At the end, two remained – Sam Nader and Sid Levine. They sold the team when both were in their 80s/90s and the following season, the new ownership celebrated all they had done for the area with bobblehead nights for each.
I love bobbleheads, but these two were a little more special because of the owners and how I had dealt with them for many years.
Because the paper I worked for at the time sponsored those nights, I ended up being given a few extra of these bobbleheads from the publisher at the time. So I have those stored away in safety.
Bobbleheads are normal giveaways for many teams each summer, but for this team it was rare.
Further, there were many leftovers because the crowds on each night were low, which allowed me to write a column discussing my thoughts about the city not supporting the former owners on those nights (I was rather harsh in it). That column was one of three submitted to the New York Associated Press for column writing in our circulation class. I ended up winning first place that year, so the promotion helped me win my final award in my newspaper career.
How about you? What were some of the best promotions you’ve been to? If you took part in this month’s challenge, link up below! I look forward to seeing what others think about favorite promotions!
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Can of Corn 2016 – Dates
- March 17: Your favorite baseballism (saying, quote, jargon etc.)
- April 14: Best baseball memory
- May 12: Favorite ballpark (minor or major)
- June 16: The best promotion you’ve ever been to
- July 14: Dream baseball road trip
- August 18: A current rule you’d change
- September 15: Favorite player of all time
- October 20: Favorite tradition/superstitions
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