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20th season items highlight Trenton Thunder promo schedule

The Trenton Thunder are celebrating their 20th season in 2013, with a special event planned for the anniversary of their first game in Trenton on May 9th.

Joba Chamberlain returned to Trenton for a rehab assignment in 2012; this year, the team is giving away a Joba Chamberlain bobblehead on August 23rd (Photo credit: Bart Miller)
Joba Chamberlain returned to Trenton for a rehab assignment in 2012; this year, the team is giving away a Joba Chamberlain bobblehead on August 23rd (Photo credit: Bart Miller)

There will be many 20th season-themed giveaways throughout the year, including  t-shirts (April 26th), mini-bats (April 28th – kids only), pennants (May 17th), and banners (July 23rd).

Bobbleheads are always popular, and the Thunder are reaching back into their past for some of this year’s giveaways:  Kevin Youkilis (May 10th),  Chase (July 5th), Robinson Cano (July 19th), Nomar Garciaparra (mini bobblehead on August 9th) and Joba Chamberlian (August 23rd).

My favorites are baseball cards, and the Thunder are giving away two sets this year:  the regular team card sets on June 21st and all-time Thunder team card sets on August 3rd.

MLB Network is bringing former Cincinnati Reds star Sean Casey to Arm & Hammer Park on May 28th to sign autographs and meet fans; New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford will meet fans and sign autographs on June 12th courtesy of Steiner Sports.

There will be various other giveaways throughout the season, plus frequent fireworks nights.

I’m hoping to go for the baseball card giveaways and to see Steve Weatherford… let’s see how things work out. Which promotions are you most interested in?

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I really want this “Capt. Kirk” bobblehead

Concept artwork for the "Cyclones at the Movies" bobbleheads, taken from the Brooklyn Cyclones website
Concept artwork for the “Cyclones at the Movies” bobbleheads, taken from the Brooklyn Cyclones website

I’ve got to hand it to the Brooklyn Cyclones marketing department – they come up with some whimsical ideas for bobblehead giveaways.

This year, the Cyclones are offering a five-game mini-plan with four exclusive bobbleheads “featuring Brooklyn stars in Hollywood roles.”

Now the Bobby Parnell, Brandon Nimmo and Cory Vaughn ones don’t particularly do anything for me… but as a Star Trek fan, how could I not want an actual “Captain Kirk” Nieuwenhuis bobblehead (even if whoever put together this graphic didn’t quite spell his name correctly.)

Unfortunately, I think I’m going to have to resort to eBay to try to add it to my collection… three of the five giveaway days are Sundays, but the “Captain Kirk” bobblehead night is scheduled for Tuesday, August 20th, and I think I’d have a hard time getting away from work in time to get out to Coney Island for the game.

In other bobblehead news, the New York Mets unveiled their full promotional schedule today. David Wright, Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden join Ron Darling and John Franco as part of the All-Star Bobblehead Series, and there’s a limited Knitting Mr. Met bobblehead available through a special offer. (I’m kind of disappointed that there’s no Ron Hunt one – he was the first Mets player to start an All-Star Game and it would have been a nice tie to the only other time the Mets hosted the game.)

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Five days til spring training, so why are we talking about Sandy Alderson’s Twitter account?

When players and reporters finally arrive in Port St. Lucie, maybe we’ll have something more interesting to talk about than New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson‘s Twitter account.

Last Thursday, Alderson turned up as @MetsGM in what seemed at first to be a parody account, quipping “Getting ready for Spring Training-Driving to FL but haven’t left yet. Big fundraiser tonight for gas money.” Since then, he’s continued to joke but Monday he promised, “Once in FL, I will get serious & begin to answer your Mets questions.”

Yesterday, Matt Cerrone posted a poll question at Mets Blog asking if Alderson is using an appropriate tone on Twitter, given his position. Nearly 6,000 people had responded as of last night, approving by an approximately 4-to-1 margin.

I think Alderson could be making better use of Twitter to communicate with Mets fans instead of turning it into an unprompted Saturday Night Live audition, but I’m bored with the whole thing already.

For those who are following the Binghamton Mets’ are-they-or-aren’t-they moving to Ottawa saga, Matt Traub of reached out to everyone involved and has on-the-record quotes from nearly everyone. It sure sounds like last week’s story from the Ottawa Citizen was premature, at best. Double-A baseball may or may not have a future in Binghamton beyond this season, but nothing seems to have been decided yet.

The Mets announced the details of their 50th anniversary bobblehead giveaways yesterday. Tom Seaver, Rusty Staub, Keith Hernandez, Edgardo Alfonzo and Mike Piazza will all be honored. The giveways are all scheduled for weekend afternoon games, though times are subject to change depending on national television broadcasts. If you’re a big bobblehead fan, you should probably be able to put together a marquee six-pack with the five giveaway dates and Opening Day or a Subway Series game.

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Mets Unveil 2011 Promotions Schedule

Photo credit: Paul Hadsall

The Mets unveiled their 2011 promotional schedule today… hopefully it’s a work in progress, because it seems a bit shorter than in previous years.

Highlights include:

  • Mr. Met bobblehead on Opening Day (April 8 )
  • Winter Hat (April 9)
  • Tote Bag (May 28)
  • Ike Davis bobblehead (July 19)
  • Jose Reyes Banner & Fiesta Latina (Aug. 5)
  • Sports Bag (Aug. 6)
  • Drawstring Bag (Aug. 21)

I wonder if Jose Reyes is still a Met on Aug. 5…

There’s no magnetic schedule giveaway listed… no Fan Appreciation Day at the end of the season… no fireworks/pyrotechnics night… no Hall of Fame day (I hope we’re not going to have to wait another 10 years for more inductions) … no Old Timer’s Day (not that I expected one)

Single game tickets go on sale on March 14 at

What promotional dates are you looking forward to? What were you hoping would be on the calendar that didn’t make it?