The Minor League is known for its weird promotions. Quite often teams sport some weird special themed jerseys that are sold after the games by auction to raise money for charity.
The Altoona Curve (Pittsburgh Pirates AA affiliate in the Eastern League) have presented four special jerseys that they will wear at specific nights during the 2016 season. A fifth jersey will be unveiled on a later date as it is called mystery jersey.
The Bowling Green HotRods will sport special jerseys on Red White and Blue night which will be held on Memorial Day. The jerseys have not been shown yet but they will feature the names of local active and retired first responders, law enforcement, and military servicemen and women. 28 jerseys will be available at auction, with seven being available each night. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the charity of choice of the organization being honored that evening.
In the past few years, Star Wars was a hot item to put on specialty jerseys, as you can see above (left jersey with Jar Jar Binx). This year there will be several teams sporting a special Star Wars jersey. The Buffalo Bisons will also sport a Star Wars jersey and also a special Star Wars cap, available in blue and red.
The Fresno Grizzlies will come up with their second Fresno Tacos night. Last year they held this night for the first time. The 2015 promo was pretty simple: over 18,000 people came Downtown Fresno for the annual Taco Truck Throwdown, and the team participated with a one-off Fresno Tacos promo. This year the promo will take place at all Tuesday night home games. The team will wear the lime jerseys and caps as shown on the left.
Next to the Fresno Taco theme nights, the Grizzlies come with a special uniform that commemorates the 30th anniversary of the movie “the Three Amigos”. The theme night will be held on July 22nd and the jerseys will be auctioned to raise money for charity. The night will be concluded with a fireworks spectacular. The hat will be available in the Grizzlies team store for purchase.
In the upcoming season, the Grizzlies will have various themed jersey nights. All jerseys will be auctioned.
Here are some hightlights:
· April 16: “Championship Weekend” gold-trimmed jerseys commemorating the 2015 Pacific Coast League and Triple-A National Champions, benefiting the Fresno Grizzlies Community Fund.
· June 11: Pink Star Wars-themed jersey benefiting Susan G. Komen Central Valley, for breast cancer research. (Worn for Star Wars weekend.)
· June 24: Parker’s Birthday jersey, benefiting Make-A-Wish Central California.
The Lake County Captains will wear a Charlie Brown themed jersey on August 26 on Good Grief night. The jersey looks like the sweater/t shirt that Charlie Brown wears in the comic and in the cartoons: yellow with a black zig zag running around.
The Captains will sport an election themed jersey as well on July 17. All of the jerseys that the team will wear will be up for auction.
To be continued for sure…