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.
As a team, the New York Mets have hit fewer than 80 home runs on the season, with the team’s only player in double digit territory, Gary Sheffield on the DL. Many have blamed it on the team’s injury-riddled season, but a main reason for the Mets’ lack of power has been the spacious Citi Field. Similar to the old Shea Stadium, Citi Field’s large outfield makes it a pitcher friendly park, but the varying heights of its outfield fences, which are as high as 16 feet in left field and 18 feet in right field, make it extremely difficult to hit the long ball.
Despite the homer-averse dimensions of Citi Field, fans have lauded its interior design, amenities, and facilities. Sponsored by the Caesars, the Mets will be holding Citi Field Replica Day to and giving away replicas of their new stadium to the first 25,000 fans in attendance. Promotional stadium cushions might be a better giveaway to make Mets fans a little more comfortable during the potential blowout against the Phillies. Nonetheless, it’s still a nice way to remember Citi Field’s inaugural season.
Back in April, Pepsi made a huge mistake: getting a bunch of Yankee fans angry. As part of a promotion to highlight the new partnership between Pepsi and the Yankees, Pepsi promised to give away 250 pairs of tickets to the historic opening game in the new Yankee Stadium to Yankees fans who congregated in Times Square that morning. Pepsi not only changed the location of the giveaway at the last minute, sending angry fans running for blocks for their chance to get tickets, but they also only showed up with 100 pairs of tickets– for a game in June. The day ended with enraged Yankees fans shouting, “Pepsi sucks!” and “Drink Coke!” while pouring Pepsi out onto the street. You can watch footage of the incident here. Wouldn’t it have been easier to have just promised the crowd some nice caps, baseballs and bats instead?
This Sunday, Team USA, clinched a spot in the second round of the World Baseball Classic, by blowing Venezuela out of the water during the sixth inning. Their win helped take the pressure off of having to win this Wednesday in order to advanced, because they are already guaranteed to play next weekend in Miami. A great way to show support for Team USA is with USA promotional apparel. With promotional hats, shirts and jackets everyone will be able to tell who you are rooting for.
As the Superbowl comes and goes, sport fans need to turn their attention toward another sport and with March Maddness still over a month away, most of them don’t know what to do; so I will tell you. Next week starts the beginning of spring training, for pitchers and catchers, and that means that it is time to dig out your baseball apparel and start the trash talking. Whether you are a die hard Yankees fan, a Red Sox believer, or a Mets lover, stock up with your favorite team’s schwag and head down south to wait out the rest of winter, all the while psyching yourself up for another eventful season ( have you seen the A-Rod headlines lately?).
So it seems that pre-season baseball is off to a very early start, seeing as the Red Sox revealed their new team jerseys. This media event also revealed their new hanging socks logo, that will be featured on their new logoed caps. It seems some fans are upset about this change in logo. What do you think?
Remember when receiving and trading baseball cards was a big deal? Back in the day baseball cards were THE ultimate game souvenir, but have they been moved aside by the likes of other sports-related promotional items? Where has the baseball cards’ popularity gone??
Sports fans love throwing stuff. Football fans throw snowballs, hockey fans throw squid, basketball fans throw cups of ice, and, apparently, baseball fans throw promotional stadium cushions! Picture above: After snapping an 8-game losing streak, nature takes its course as overjoyed Cardinals fans grab the closest thing they can find and hurl it onto the field in wild ecstatic abandon.
Giving away stadium promotions does more than give fans an extra reason to show up at the ballpark. Fun stadium giveaways also engage fans in a hands-on manner and let them get involved in the outcome of the game! Back in April, Mets fans at Shea Stadium arrived to receive free promotional towels, a.k.a. “Rally Towels”, that they could swing around to show support for their team. There’s no doubt that thousands of swinging towels certainly has the ability to distract members of the visiting team!
The towels ended up coming in handy during this extra innings game played against the Phillies almost 7 months ago. The Mets did in fact end up rallying to defeat their division rival in 12 innings with a score of 4-3. Fans got to take home a fun souvenir that provides them with a way to instantly remember the fun they had at the ballpark, and increases the odds of them returning to see the Mets win more exciting games in the future.