The Hanwha Eagles ( Korea Baseball Organization) of Daejeon (South Korea) have dedicated a section of their stadium’s seating to new robots, which will project messages and photos sent from fans who are unable to make it to games. Read more and watch video here.
Category Archives: Fun & Atmosphere
Defeating the entire MiLB field of mascots last season, LouSeal, the mascot for the Triple-A Columbia Clippers (International League), became the second MiLB.com Mascot Mania champion. LouSeal is back to defend his title, as the 2014 Mascot Mania competition is underway. Fans have until August 4 to cast their votes in the initial “League Round.” Read more and vote here.
MLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill takes a look at the upcoming best promotions in affiliated ball for the week of July 23 – July 29, including “Clunker Boat Night” (Arkansas Travelers), a decade-by-decade “20th Century Rewind Night” celebration (Fort Wayne TinCaps), and a kinky “50 Shades of Holly [the mascot] Thumbcuff Giveaway” for those 18 and older (Orem Owlz). Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – Did you miss out on the instant-cult classic Sharknado last summer, or are you just looking to refresh your memory before Sharknado 2: The Second One premieres on July 30 at 9/8c on Syfy? Well, the Camden Riversharks have you covered!
PRESS RELEASE – The theme of the night will be Sockets “What If” Night. Back in late 2013 when Kenosha Baseball went through it’s “Name the Team” contest with the Kenosha community, the “Sockets” was a popular team name option that made it to the final round of name possibilities for the Kenosha Baseball team.
MLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill takes a look at the upcoming best promotions in affiliated ball for the week of July 16 – July 22, including a “Christmas in July” day-night doubleheader with the team sporting Elf-themed jerseys in the first game and Santa-themed jerseys in the second game (Toledo Mud Hens), “Twilight Zone Tribute Night” with a salute to local legend Rod Serling, and the annual “Float to the Ballpark” promo (Missoula Osprey). Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – “Disco Demolition Night” at Comiskey Park on July 12, 1979 remains one of the most well-known promotions in sports history. The original promotion was organized by current Charleston RiverDogs President Mike Veeck, but 35 years and one week later, this classic promotion will feature a 21st Century spin arranged by the RiverDogs. Continue reading
This is not breaking news for those who pay attention to the business of baseball, particularly at the minor-league level, but PennLive blogger Dave Sottile takes a look at how fun and entertainment help drive attendance at Metro Bank Park, home of the Double-A Harrisburg Senators (Eastern League). Read more and view photos here.
MLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill takes a look at the upcoming best promotions in affiliated ball for the week of July 9 – July 15, including celebrating the 35th annivesary of the Chicago White Sox’s “Disco Demolition Night” (Fort Myers Miracle and New Orleans Zephyrs), “Zombie Night” featuring Vincent Ward from The Walking Dead and special player jerseys (Altoona Curve), and “Cardboard Fort Night” (Hudson Valley Renegades). Read more here.
The Single-A Brooklyn Cyclones (New York-Penn League) celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Seinfield television series Saturday night. Players took batting practice in puffy pirate shirts. A fan reeled in a slice of marble rye bread with a fishing rod from the suite level. George Costanza announced the third inning. And the first 3,000 attendees at the temporarily renamed Vandelay Industries Park received a Keith Hernandez “Magic Loogie” bobblehead. Read more here.
On Saturday, July 5, the Double-A Akron RubberDucks (Eastern League) will honor The Black Keys, an American rock duo formed in Akron (OH) in 2001, with their very own bobblehead. This is part of the team’s series of Rock ‘n’ Bobble giveaways this season. Be at the park early, as only the first 1,000 fans will get one. Watch The Black Keys perform a hit from their Rubber Factory album here.
MLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill takes a look at the upcoming best promotions in affiliated ball for the week of July 2 – July 8, including “Seinfeld 25th Anniversary Celebration” with Keith Hernandez “Magic Loogie” bobblehead giveaway (Brooklyn Cyclones), Harold Ramis Ghostbusters bobblehead giveaway (Charleston RiverDogs), and Kevin “Bacon Bash” (Hickory Crawdads). Read more here.
On Saturday, June 28, the Double-A Akron RubberDucks (Eastern League) will honor Akron’s (OH) own Chrissie Hynde, lead singer for The Pretenders, with her very own bobblehead. This is part of the team’s series of Rock ‘n’ Bobble giveaways this season. Be at the park early, as only the first 1,000 fans will get a Chrissie. Watch Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders in action here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Kenosha Kingfish have announced “Guaranteed Win Night” at historic Simmons Field for Monday, June 30th. Having won 10 of their last 14, the Kingfish are confidently offering a free ticket to any Kingfish home game between Wednesday, July 2nd and Wednesday, July 9th to all fans in attendance if the team loses to the Lakeshore Chinooks on the Continue reading
MLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill takes a look at the upcoming best promotions in affiliated ball for the week of June 25 – July 1, including “Halfway to Christmas” with the ugliest Christmas sweater jerseys in baseball (Williamsport Crosscutters), “Batman and Robin Night” with Burt Ward appearance (Rochester Red Wings), and Alfonso “Carlton Banks” Ribeiro appearance with “Fresh Prince” jerseys (State College Spikes). Read more here.
Affiliated teams have brought their best food game to the 2014 MiLB Food Fight, as the crème de la crème of all ballpark concession items are battling it out in head-to-head contests. Fans can vote until Thursday, July 10, when the 2014 Food Fight winner will be announced. View full menu of items here. Begin voting here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Kenosha Kingfish are delighted to announce Nick Heyerdahl as the team’s new Assistant General Manager. Heyerdahl started with the Kingfish as a Corporate Account Manager where he focused primarily on outside ticket sales, which included meetings with CEO’s and decision-makers regarding employee outings and client entertainment. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Green Bay Bullfrogs, in cooperation with Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy, will host Salute Ag Night with the Bullfrogs at Joannes Stadium on Thursday, June 26th, for the Bullfrogs game against the Madison Mallards. Continue reading
This is how you do it! The Single-A Lakewood BlueClaws (South Atlantic League) didn’t just design specials jerseys to become the Lakewood Pine Barons for “What Could Have Been Day” on Sunday, they created a complete line of merchandise and brought in a new mascot named “Chipper” to help complete the fantasy. Watch video here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
The indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) have launched a contest that will give artistic fans the opportunity to design a one-of-a-kind Saints jersey that will be worn by the team. They are accepting entries from today until 12:00 p.m. CST on July 7, 2014. Saints staff members will narrow down the entries to a top five, and fans will vote for the winner. Click here for more details and official rules.
PRESS RELEASE – The Quad Cities River Bandits and Main Street Amusements will open another new ride at Modern Woodmen Park Thursday night, as “Space Camp” makes its debut at the ballpark. Continue reading
General mangers in the Double-A Eastern League are challenging each other to take a cold water dousing for charity. Watch New Britian Rock Cats GM accept challenge here. Watch Erie SeaWolves GM accept challenge here. Watch Akron RubberDucks GM accept challenge here. Watch Trenton GM accept challenge here. Okay, you get the picture. Thanks to Michael Nolan for the heads up.
PRESS RELEASE – The Modesto Nuts Professional Baseball Club have announced the winning name for the newest member of their mascot family. Shelley the Pistachio, the name decided on by fans, will make her debut on Friday, June 20th at John Thurman Field. “The fans made a great choice with the name Shelley,” said Nuts General Manager Tyler Richardson. “We are excited to showcase her Continue reading
On Saturday, June 14, the Double-A Akron RubberDucks (Eastern League) will honor guitar hero Joe Walsh of the legendary band The Eagles with his very own bobblehead. This is part of the team’s series of Rock ‘n’ Bobble giveaways this season. Be at the park early, as only the first 1,000 fans will get the prize. Watch Joe Walsh and the James Game from 1971 here.
MLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill takes a look at the upcoming best promotions in affiliated ball for the week of June 11 – June 17, including “Zombie Apocalypse Night” with blood-spattered jerseys (Inland Empire 66ers), “Jayson Werth Beard-a-Palooza Weekend” (Potomac Nationals), and Opening Night with (rock band) Rush-themed fireworks show (Mahoning Valley Scrappers). Read more here.
The Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs (International League) will wear Batman-inspired jerseys for “Superhero Night” on Friday, June 20. But before that fun, IronPigs will utilize their revolutionary “Urinal Gaming System” for their “Pee-nalty” Soccer Shootout game during this year’s FIFA World Cup starting Thursday, June 12. Thanks to John Cerone for the heads up.
PRESS RELEASE – The BlueClaws played their first game in 2001 and unveiled their team name in 2000. At that time, hundreds of names had been sent in as nominations before the name “BlueClaws” was selected, but what might the name have been if BlueClaws was not selected? Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Joe and the annual Ballpark Festival of Beers have been synonymous with Lowcountry fun for more than a decade. The festival, presented by The Kickin’ Chicken, will continue to offer some of the finest beers on Earth while also capturing the enthusiasm for local food trucks. Continue reading
The Colorado Rockies will be giving away “Sasquatch” Bobblehead Gnomes to the first 15,000 through the gates at Coors Field Sunday afternoon, June 8. Who is sponsoring this wonderful giveaway? You guessed it — Jack Link’s Beef Jerky. Watch “Messin’ with Sasquatch” commercials here.
MLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill takes a look at the upcoming best promotions in affiliated ball for the week of June 4 - June 10, including “Tribute to Memphis, Egypt Night” with Egyptian-themed jerseys (Memphis Redbirds), “(Jackie Robinson) Ballpark 100th Birthday Celebration” (Daytona Cubs), and returning “Thunder Chickens (what could have been) Night” (Northwest Arkansas Naturals). Read more here.
It began with a beer toast, and then it was jello shots, beer pong, a “swear off,” kilt-clad waiters and waitresses from the The Tilted Kilt “breastuarant” and more, as the indy pro Schaumburg Boomers (Frontier League) held “21 and Over Night” last Thursday. Read more here. Reported attendance was 2,297. The Boomers lead the league in attendance with 3,768 fans per game after five games. It will be back to normal Friday, June 6, as the Boomers host Superhero Night — for the kids!
The summer collegiate Kenosha Kingfish (Northwoods League) dropped their inaugural home opener 11-7 in extra innings to the Mankato MoonDogs, but that didn’t spoil the fun for the sellout crowd of 3,218 who showed up to watch their new team and experience the impressively renovated historic Simmons Field. Read more here. Compare this to the one-year-and-gone indy pro Kenosha Mammoths (Frontier League) game we attended at Simmons back in 2003. View our photos here.
Major League Baseball, the Minnesota Twins and Peanuts Worldwide have revealed 10 life-size Peanuts statues that have been positioned in that host area leading up to the July 15 Midsummer Classic at Target Field. Replica statuettes of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy, Woodstock and the rest of their beloved gang are now available for presale at the MLB.com Shop. Read more and watch video here. View photo here.
PRESS RELEASE – Friday night’s weather forecast for Capital City Stadium is Cold to Very Cold as the Blowfish salute the wildly popular Disney movie Frozen! Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – Thursday, May 29th, marks the debut of the very first Kingfish Bobblehead giveaway. The event will take place at Festival Foods, located at 3207 80th Street in Kenosha. The Kingfish will be giving away King Elvis the First Bobbleheads to the first 1,000 customers who purchase two or more pounds of bratwurst from Festival Foods. The giveaway will start at 9:00 a.m. Continue reading
MLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill takes a look at the upcoming best promotions in affiliated ball for the week of May 28 – June 3, including “Halloween Night” with (very painful but fun) Jack-O-Lantern jerseys (New Britain Rock Cats), “Journalism Day” (Akron RubberDucks), and “Ghostbusters Night” (Toledo Mud Hens). Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Brazos Valley Bombers held a press conference today where owner Uri Geva, TCL coach of the year Curt Dixon and returning players G.R. Hinsley, Blake Kopetsky, Ford Moore, addressed the media regarding the team’s promotional schedule and upcoming season. Continue reading