Minor league baseball is a great place to see future superstars on their way up, past superstars on their way out…and really weird promotional nights.
- In June 2014, one lucky fan attending a Round Rock Express (AAA) game won a new car. New to them at least, because it was a used car.
- Last year the New Orleans Zephyrs held Lightsaber Giveaway Night. Every fan got a cool plastic laser sword, just like the ones in Star Wars.
- Peanuts are a part of the ballpark experience – they’re mentioned in “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” even. But not on Peanut Allergy Awareness Night for the Louisville Bats. Fans with severe peanut allergies were invited to attend—no peanuts would be sold or allowed on the premises that night.
- Also on the awareness theme, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans recently held Prostate Cancer Awareness Night. They crammed some humor into the affair, as the first 1,000 men at the park received a free foam finger. During the Seventh Inning Stretch, the team’s GM endured a prostate exam in the press box.
- The Albuquerque Isotopes (who are named after the minor league baseball team on The Simpsons, who in on episode moved from Springfield to Albuquerque) held a special event last year in its picnic area: a mass “speed dating” meetup.
- The first 1,000 fans who made it to the park on Bible Series Bobbleheads night at a Nashville Sounds game got a bobblehead figurine of one of the gift-bearing Three Wise Men. Merry Christmas!
- The Tulsa Drillers held Mickey Mantle Night. The legendary Yankee slugger is from Oklahoma afterall…although he died in 1995. No matter. The Drillers gave away rings with Mantle’s image on them, and fans could get autographs from Mantle’s relatives.
- For hardcore fans only: The Syracuse Chiefs held Tattoo Night. Fans that got a tattoo of the team logo didn’t only get into the game for free…they can now get into games for free for life. (Reportedly, 36 people thought that was too good a deal to pass up.)