Regardless of whether or not you’re a Yankee fan, it’s easy to recognize the great significance of Mariano Rivera’s achievement of 500 career saves. Not only is it particularly poignant because he became only the second pitcher in history to reach this milestone (Trevor Hoffman is the first), Rivera also had his first career RBI when he was walked with bases loaded. On September 29th, the first 18,000 fans 14 and younger will receive a commemorative poster of Rivera and his remarkable achievement. Pretty nice schwag for a young Yankee fan or any baseball buff.
The LA Dodgers celebrate 50 years of baseball glory this year, since the team got its running start on the West Coast in 1958. Formerly, they were the Brooklyn Dodgers! Big anniversaries call for commemorative edition team schwag! Special mementos resonate with nostalgia for longtime fans. The first 50,000 fans received this Dodgers team imprinted blanket, covering most of the crowd in the 56,000-seat Dodger Stadium. This mass giveaway was presented by Time Warner Cable.
The LA Dodgers presented this unique Helmet Radio collector’s item to the first 50,000 fans at a competitive home game vs. The San Diego Padres in April. The portable radio is tuned only to 790AM KABC, who sponsored the giveaway, making it perfect for catching games on the fly.
In the afterglow of All-Star Game week, the NY Yankees are still crankin’ out promos at every home game. Tomorrow night is promotional Sunglasses Night, presented by Entergy. The stadium is going out with a grand-slam finish, that’s for sure.
At the Red Carpet Parade surrounding the festivities of the 2008 All-Star game in New York City, thousands of fans united in Midtown along Sixth Avenue to get up close and personal with their favorite baseball greats. As the procession of coaches, managers, players (and their families) glided down the red carpet, baseball promotions zipped through the crowd. ESPN gave out large 11×17 flyers, which were more like small posters, even though the game was televised on FOX last night. They were sort of cumbersome to carry around due to their enlarged size, but I guess it cut back the tendency to litter, which often occurs with handheld flyers. They also gave out baseball-shaped promotional fans similar to the picture shown below, which were very functional for the hot, summer afternoon event.
After 85 glorious years, the Yankee Stadium is near the end of its last inning. To bid the historical baseball landmark farewell, the Yankees are giving out promotional keepsakes at every home game this season. Check out this commemorative edition ring by William Barthman Jewelers that will be available for the first 18,000 fans (14 and younger) at an upcoming game.