Here is the second installment of Top Freebies – remember, “Early (Month)” means specials before the 15th, while “Late (Month)” means after the 15th.
THE TOP FIVE
#1: Scott Rolen‘s Gold Glove award replica
May 26th at Great American Ballpark
This has got to be one of the coolest giveaways so far this season. I know it’s not a new idea (I recall debating whether to buy or not a similar Evan Longoria one last year), but I think it’s really neat. If the Cubs ever did a promotion like this, I would totally be there. Although someone would have to win a Gold Glove first…
#2: World Champions front page poster
May 27th at Busch Stadium
I’m a big newspaper buff. That’s why this is towards the top of the list. Turns out when you win the World Series, incredibly cool promotions to keep your fanbase hooked follow. This poster takes front-page clippings from local newspapers and organizes them onto one nice poster. It’s a bit hard to see in the picture but a cool idea.
#3: Jeff Samardzija bobblehead
May 29th at Wrigley Field
“Shark” has been pitching great this season and producing a lot of fanfare as a steady member of the rotation. He’s also got some nice physical features (see hair, both on the head and on the face), making him a quality bobblehead.
#4: Andrew McCutchen replica kid’s camo jersey
May 27th at PNC Park
The Pirates do a lot of replica jersey giveaways. I love it. It’s a nice way to dress up the kids without spending a ton of money. This camo-style works well, too, and McCutchen is a fan favorite in Pittsburgh.
#5: Nolan Ryan “5th No-Hitter” bobblehead
May 19th at Minute Maid Park
The Astros go back in time for their first bobblehead of the season, grabbing the likeness of Nolan Ryan (nice uniform pick, too) for his fifth no-hitter. Their website does not contain a picture of this promotion – no, I found this picture on an eBay auction. So if you’re busy on May 19th, no worries, this statue can be yours for $30 plus shipping.
MLB Network drawstring bag, various days at pretty much every stadium, check your website!
Championship Beer Stein, May 25th at Busch Stadium
Trendy Cardinals adult cap, May 26th at Busch Stadium
Kid Binoculars, May 27th at Great American Ballpark