Last week I attended three of the promotions on the list. The first was the Blackhawks appearance at the Gary Railcats game. Stan Mikita and Ben Eager were the two players who showed up. The second was the Tom Henke appearance at the Cardinals game on August 28th. The next day at Busch Stadium they held picture day on the field. If you are a fan of the Cardinals, or you just want to walk on a Major League Field this is the kind of promotion you are looking for. Since the minor leagues are for the most part done with scheduled promotions this will be the last week for this feature this year. Next year when things start to green up I will start it back up. Lets see what this last week has in store.
Great Lake Loons – Garage Sale night. Everything is for sale. Don’t try and show up early though.
Chicago Cubs – Billy Williams bobble to the first 10,000 fans.
Detroit Tigers – John Cena will throw out the first pitch before the throwdown with the Rays.
Gary Railcats – Football night less than a week after hockey night. Former Bears Otis Wilson and Bobby Douglas will be on hand signing autographs.
Birmingham Barons – 25 cent hot dog night and team photo giveaway
Nothing of note.
Peoria Chiefs – Throwback Thursday…What Could Have Been. That is the title. I can only imagine that they will be reliving the 1969 collapse? It could be anything in the past 100+ years though. Hell, it could even be this season.
Toledo Mud Hens – Jake Tyler chia bobble to the first 2,500 fans. Seeds included.
Lansing Lugnuts – Carlos Marmol Bobblehead giveaway.
Gary Railcats – Championship hats given out on the night of the first playoff game.
Akron Aeros – Cap giveaway to the 1st 1,000
Beloit Snappers – Packers/Bears day. The team celebrates the rivalry as football season grows near.
Iowa Cubs – Bobby Scales jersey shirts
West Michigan Whitecaps – The Famous Chicken will make an appearance. Is this one of the last?
Iowa Cubs – As a ball collector this might be the best promotion of the week if not the year. The team has 3,000 signed balls to give away. Some of them might be from Hall of Fame players or superstars. Names like Ryne Sandberg, Andre Dawson, and Pete Rose have been thrown around. On the other hand you might get a ball signed by a player who just made it to Iowa and no further. It is a real crapshoot, but it would be exciting to see how it all plays out. This might be worth the trip.
Update: I also just saw a link that listed Willie Mays, Gaylord Perry, and Greg Maddux on the list.
Chicago White Sox – 1959 White Sox jersey to the first 10,000 kids
Memphis Redbirds – Colby Rasmus bobble to the 1st 1,500.
West Michigan Whitecaps – Jeremy Bonderman bobble to the first 1,000 fans. This is their first playoff game as well.