Around this time of the year, many Minor League Baseball clubs are presenting their promotional schedule for the next season.
The Potomac Nationals have arguably some of the best promotions scheduled for 2017.
Next to seven bobbleheads give away nights, the club will hold four film theme nights as well and if that is not enough, four throwback replica jersey nights.
The bobble heads that will be given away are:
–Bryce Harper Gobblehead (Half-Man/Half-Turkey) (Saturday, May 13th)
–Pedro Severino “From The Pfitz to The Show” Bobblehead (sponsored by: Dave Stinson’s GEICO Office) (Saturday, June 10th)
-Ode to Tommy John Surgery Elbow Statue (Saturday, July 8th)
-(TBA) Mighty Ducks-Themed Celebrity Bobblehead [Saturday, July 22nd]
–Stephen Strasburg Flamethrower Bobblehead (Saturday, July 29th)
–Anthony Rendon “Real Electric Hair” Figurine (Saturday, August 19th)
-(TBA) Potomac Nationals 2017 Fans’ Choice Bobblehead (sponsored by: Loyal Hygiene Solutions) (Saturday, August 26th)
Personally I think that the Bryce Harper gobblehead is a brilliant find.
The four film theme nights will be based on the Mighty Ducks, How the Grinch stole Christmas, Star Wars Episode IV, A new hope and A League of their own.
The website of the Potomac Nationals states: “The Mighty Ducks 25th Anniversary Night on Saturday, 7/22 will thoroughly pay tribute to the family film while featuring the aforementioned to-be-announced celebrity on hand for a meet-and-greet/autograph appearance while a themed bobblehead giveaway of the celeb will take place in addition to a special Mighty Ducks-inspired on-field, autographed theme jersey auction for P-Nats fans. “Mighty Ducks Night” will be chock full of Mighty Ducks-themed promotions, activities, contests, trivia, and more! It’s also a Scout Night in which scout troops, packs, and dens will take part in post-game fireworks and then sleep on the diamond under the stars and watch The Mighty Ducks movie on the outfield jumbo-tron video board at The Pfitz.
How the Grinch Stole Halfway to Christmas Night (Ode to the 60th Anniversary of the Grinch) will cast a Whoville-esque winter wonderland on The Pfitz while infusing the Grinch’s proclivities (that would make Dr. Seuss proud). Cheermeisters will be abound inside the Home of the Potomac Nationals throughout the event. Grinch-themed promos, activities, trivia, contests, and more is already in the works. Rumor has it that the Grinch, himself could be making an appearance. P-Nats fans will have the opportunity to participate in a super-sized “Secret Grinch” gift exchange to create such a fun holiday atmosphere that even the Grinch couldn’t help but smile. Scout Night kids will be watching Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) on the outfield jumbo-tron after the game. More on “Grinch Night” will be announced in the coming months.
Star Wars Day on Sunday, May 14th will be a nod to the 40 years that have passed since Star Wars: Episode IV-A New Hope hit theaters, and more significantly, a day for children who are afflicted with life-threatening illnesses, thanks to Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic, to receive VIP treatment at Pfitzner Stadium as a guest of the Potomac Nationals. The P-Nats will host a pre-game Meet the Team event plus catered lunch for the kids while one child will perform a “Home Run for Life” on the field during the game. Star Wars characters will be on hand while the P-Nats will wear a special Star Wars-branded jersey on the field to be auctioned off to P-Nats fans to benefit Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic. May the Force Be With the Bidders…After the P-Nats won the first-annual MiLB-sponsored Jersey Joust competition in 2015 for their Lando Calrissian Star Wars theme jerseys, these special P-Nats/Star Wars uniform tops have become a collector’s item and will surely go fast! More on Star Wars Day at The Pfitz will be announced soon.
A League of Their Own 25th Anniversary Night on Friday, June 23rd will pay respect to the motion picture which immortalized the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League with a vivid, ceremonious atmosphere planned. All of this theme night’s underpinnings will be made public soon.”
The club will hold the following throwback jersey nights:
-1982 Carolina League Champion Alexandria Dukes Replica Throwback Jersey (Sunday, May 14th)
-1989 Carolina League Champion Prince William Cannons Replica Throwback Jersey (Sunday, June 11th)
-1999-2004 Potomac Cannons Replica Throwback Jersey (Sunday, July 30th)
-Inaugural 2005 Potomac Nationals Replica Throwback Jersey (Sunday, August 20th)
If this all isn’t enough, season ticket holders will receive 1988 Prince William Yankees Bernie Williams “Carolina League Batting Champion” Throwback Bobblehead.
But the aforementioned theme nights are only a tip of the iceberg. There will be 24 more theme nights during the season.
Another club that has announced its promotional schedule is the Lakewood BlueClaws.
Last season the club organized a Harry Potter theme night that was awarded as last year’s Minor League Baseball Promotion of the Month for May and was a finalist for a Golden Bobblehead Award. The theme night will return on May 26th.
The BlueClaws previously announced that they will be wearing their original pin-striped uniforms and “Pinchy” caps at each Thursday game this year. On July 27th, the first 1,5000 fans will receive a BlueClaws “Throwback Thursday” Pennant Flag.
Also a lot of bands will visit the ballpark for a performance. Announced bands include Ted Hammock & The Pickles (May 27th, 2 pm), Parrot Beach Band for the BlueClaws Parrot Head Party (July 1st, 5 pm), Kilmaine Saints for Irish Heritage Night (August 5th, 5 pm), and The Impulsives for Battle of the Badges Night (August 19th, 5 pm). Other bands will be announced at a later date.
Both the Nationals and the BlueClaws will have several fireworks spectaculars during the season. But since every MiLB club is having those, it is not anything special anymore.