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4. Cleveland Indians, design your own T-shirt, Sept. 6 against the White Sox. Seventeen fireworks nights? Thirteen dollar-hot-dog nights? A Larry Doby jersey and a Jim Thome statue? All exciting, but my personal favorite item is one that hasn’t been created yet. On Sept. 6, fans will receive a T-shirt. It will contain a logo designed by a fan. As it currently stands, the entries are being culled down to finalists, which I’m going to assume will be voted on by the fans.

I love the idea of getting the fans to participate in this, and Mirabelle was particularly excited about this idea, though her Mets fandom bled through a little when she described what her T-shirt would look like. “It would look like Mr. Met. He’d be this tall! (She reached high above her head.) There’d be lots of swirls, some stickers. I’d use markers, crayons, pens, pencils. I’d color on it. And then we’d do stickers. And I’d write ‘Mr. Met’ on it.”

So no, her T-shirt probably wouldn’t win among Indians fans, but I’m willing to bet plenty of kids near the Cuyahoga River will be just as excited to participate in this contest. There will be something undeniably authentic about the T-shirt everyone will wear, come September.

3. St. Louis Cardinals, Jack Buck bobblehead with voice chip, June 15 against the Nationals. The Cardinals won the 2013 National League pennant, and they’ll be celebrating virtually every time they give something to their fans. On April 8, A NL champions pin. On April 12, A NL champions replica ring. Also an NL champions pennant, an NL champions poster, even a replica NL champions trophy—and that’s all by May 16. Who can blame them? They’ll also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 World Series championship with a replica ring on May 26, and even the 10th anniversary of the 2004 NL pennant (10 years!) with a replica ring on July 4. Oh, and there’s Jose Oquendo bobblehead night.

But for me, the best of the excellent Cardinals promotions has to be a Jack Buck bobblehead, which apparently they’ve implanted with his voice. Now, I don’t know how they did it. I don’t know if we’ll get a phrase, or a famous moment, or somehow, the complete call of Bob Gibson’s no-hitter in 1971. But it’s the Cardinals, so they’ll almost certainly do it well. A touch of greatness within the bobblehead genre won’t hurt.

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   1. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: February 07, 2014 at 08:34 AM (#4653055)
Lately, I'd say Miguel Cabrera.
   2. Accent Shallow Posted: February 07, 2014 at 09:06 AM (#4653065)
Lately, I'd say Miguel Cabrera.

After 2011, I thought Cameron Maybin was going to get his #### together, and at least be a solid regular, if not a potential star.

Whoops.
   3. BDC Posted: February 07, 2014 at 09:08 AM (#4653067)
Hmmn, the coolest promotion at the Ballpark or whatever it's called in '14 will be "Fedora Hat Day." Sounds kinda redundant, "Fedora Hat." Are there fedora other kinds of things?
   4. Mike Emeigh Posted: February 07, 2014 at 10:00 AM (#4653086)
Sounds kinda redundant, "Fedora Hat." Are there fedora other kinds of things?


Well, there's this. And this. Not to mention this - which is not inappropriate, since the fedora was named for a woman.

And then there's this guy.

-- MWE
   5. God Posted: February 07, 2014 at 10:02 AM (#4653087)
Jeff Bagwell, Lou Brock, Carlos Santana, Christy Mathewson, Jason Varitek, Roberto Clemente, Scott Kazmir, Bobby Abreu, Pedro Martinez, and George Herman Freaking Ruth.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 07, 2014 at 10:07 AM (#4653089)
led to Michael F. Buono getting the definitive answer of which three things Nationals reliever Bill Bray would take to a desert island. ("My fiancee, my dog and Chad Cordero.")


Kinky.
   7. God Posted: February 07, 2014 at 10:15 AM (#4653098)
"My fiancee, my dog and Chad Cordero"


Worst porno ever.
   8. Roger McDowell spit on me! Posted: February 07, 2014 at 10:48 AM (#4653120)
The A's had a Coco Crisp cereal bowl giveaway last year...hard to top that.
   9. Yoenis Cespedes, Baseball Savant Posted: February 07, 2014 at 11:22 AM (#4653145)
Which they then topped with the Coco Crisp Bernie Lean bobblehead doll.
   10. SOLockwood Posted: February 07, 2014 at 11:36 AM (#4653157)
But for me, the best of the excellent Cardinals promotions has to be a Jack Buck bobblehead, which apparently they’ve implanted with his voice. Now, I don’t know how they did it. I don’t know if we’ll get a phrase, or a famous moment, or somehow, the complete call of Bob Gibson’s no-hitter in 1971.


I would choose his "Go crazy folks! Go crazy!" call from the 1985 LCS on Ozzie's homer.
   11. BDC Posted: February 07, 2014 at 12:02 PM (#4653172)
Good point, Mike. I would hate to show up at the Ballpark expecting an OS that would dynamically transform my desktop, but instead get an ironically retro hat.
   12. TerpNats Posted: February 07, 2014 at 03:05 PM (#4653324)
#5: What, no Nellie Fox or Ryne Sandberg?
   13. geonose Posted: February 07, 2014 at 03:14 PM (#4653329)
Thirteen dollar-hot-dog nights

The first time I read this I intepreted it as "$13 hot dog nights" and thought, "wow, ball park prices are getting really out of hand."
   14. Flynn Posted: February 07, 2014 at 04:35 PM (#4653380)
The Giants giving away a replica 1954 World Series ring is pretty bizarre. Even more so since I was at their 50th anniversary celebration, which is a bigger anniversary and also before they'd won anything in San Francisco, and they didn't give away a thing, although the onfield ceremony featuring quite a few ballplayers who are no longer with us was great.
   15. attaboy Posted: February 07, 2014 at 05:01 PM (#4653390)
OK, best promo looks like the Nats doing a 'kids work the park' or whatever the actual name was. How awesome would that be, 'working' various jobs around the park! Anyone know how the kids are chosen? Just show up to the park and hope that your kid is selected? Is there anything pre-game to fill out?
   16. cardsfanboy Posted: February 07, 2014 at 05:17 PM (#4653392)
I would choose his "Go crazy folks! Go crazy!" call from the 1985 LCS on Ozzie's homer.


Either that or "That's a winner."

I figure those are probably the two most likely. I generally try to get the bobbleheads and the rings. I make it to about 6 games a year, might as well time it with something cool.
   17. cardsfanboy Posted: February 07, 2014 at 05:19 PM (#4653394)
The Giants giving away a replica 1954 World Series ring is pretty bizarre. Even more so since I was at their 50th anniversary celebration, which is a bigger anniversary and also before they'd won anything in San Francisco, and they didn't give away a thing, although the onfield ceremony featuring quite a few ballplayers who are no longer with us was great.


The ring thing is fairly new, at least in St Louis, we did it for the 2011 ring and people went bonkers for it,(had to repeat the promotion a second time, and then they even sold a boxed set with all 11 rings---got that :) ) I would hazard a guess that it's even more popular than any of the bobblehead promotions.
   18. TerpNats Posted: February 07, 2014 at 06:46 PM (#4653436)
OK, best promo looks like the Nats doing a 'kids work the park' or whatever the actual name was. How awesome would that be, 'working' various jobs around the park! Anyone know how the kids are chosen? Just show up to the park and hope that your kid is selected? Is there anything pre-game to fill out?
The Nats have been doing this for several years; it's sponsored by the Washington Post. IIRC, its weekly kids page has something to do with the selection process.
   19. Bug Selig Posted: February 07, 2014 at 08:39 PM (#4653493)
Anyone know how the kids are chosen? Just show up to the park and hope that your kid is selected? Is there anything pre-game to fill out?


www.healthcare.gov
   20. Hysterical & Useless Posted: February 09, 2014 at 05:06 PM (#4653928)
The Jack Buck bobblehead should feature Jack telling Joe that if he can't at least fake an interest in the game they're going straight home.

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