Promotions: One of the more enjoyable aspects of attending a minor league baseball game. Let’s face it: most casual baseball fans aren’t walking into a minor league stadium without some type of incentive. Minor League games are all about the promotions. Sometimes the promotions can be kid-friendly (Pokemon night). Sometimes they can be wacky (Ryan Howard Garden Gnome). Sometimes they can taste good (Food Fests). The bottomline is that the right promotion will set the tone for your minor league experience and can ultimately determine whether or not a minor league team has a successful season at the box office.
Below are a list of promotions for the area’s minor league teams. These don’t include independent teams such as the Camden Riversharks or the Lancaster Barnstormers. The teams that are listed include: The Reading Phillies (Phillies AA Affiliate), Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (Phillies AAA Affiliate) and the Lakewood Blue Claws (Phillies A Affiliate). Some of these dates include games that have already been played but might give you a taste of what these organizations give out in the future. I will give my opinions on some of these dates next week but here are the promotions for the rest of the month if you decide to venture out to a game this month. Enjoy!
Reading Phillies Notable April Promotions (Reading, PA)
Thursday April 5th 4:05 PM vs. Portland Sea Dogs: Ryan Howard & Crazy Hot Dog Vendor Bobblehead
Friday April 20th 7:05 PM vs. Akron Aeros: Soup Tasting Festival/Ryan Howard Fleece Blanket
Saturday April 21st 6:05 PM vs. Akron Aeros: St Patty’s Day Beer Festival/ Free 32 oz Mug
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs Notable April Promotions (Allentown, PA)
Friday April 6th vs. Scranton/WB Yankees: Fireworks/Magnet Schedule Giveaway
Wednesday April 11th vs. Syracuse Chiefs: Ferrous Bobble Belly giveaway
Thursday April 12th vs. Syracuse Chiefs: FeFe Bobblehead giveaway
Friday April 13th vs. Syracuse Chiefs: Friday the 13th night/Fireworks
Sunday April 15th vs. Rochester Red Wings: House Flag Giveaway/ Bring your Dog to the park.
Monday April 23rd vs. Buffalo Bisons: Rich Thompson Bobblehead giveaway.
Tuesday April 24th vs. Buffalo Bisons: Winter Cap giveaway:
Thursday April 26th vs. Scranton/WB Yankees: Ryne Sandberg Bronze Statue giveaway.
Friday April 27th vs. Scranton/WB Yankees: Fireworks
Saturday April 28th vs. Scranton/WB Yankees: 5th Anniversary Commemorative Glass giveaway.
Sunday April 29th vs. Scranton/WB Yankees: Youth cereal bowl and spoon giveaway (17 and under), Free Alpo Dog Food for Bring the Dog to Park day.
Lakewood Blue Claws Notable April Promotions (Lakewood, NJ)
Friday April 13th 7:05 PM vs. Hagerstown Suns: Fireworks
Saturday April 14th 4:05 PM vs. Hagerstown Suns: Knit Winter Hats
Tuesday April 17th 6:35 PM vs. Greensboro Grasshoppers: Senior Day: all seniors eat free and we play Baseball Bingo/Magnetic Schedule Giveaway
Tuesday April 24th 6:35 PM vs. Asheville Tourists: Senior Day/Magnetic Schedule
Friday April 27th 7:05 PM vs. Asheville Tourists: Fireworks