Last week I talked about the best freebies to be handed out by the Phillies this season, and I would be remiss to avoid the obvious "other side" of the promotional schedule. Don't get me wrong, the positives far outweigh the negatives this year - but, there are a few dates I have definitely avoided buying.
Charlie Manuel Commemorative Baseball
Date: Saturday, April 14th
|Charlie Manuel Commemorative Ball|
Comments: No offense to Charlie, but this ball is not the least bit interesting to children 14 years under (or over). In the past the Phillies have used "Children's Opening Day" to recognize Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels, Roy Halladay (and others) - this year's ball celebrating Cholly's franchise record managerial wins should be the end of the run.
Phillies Liberty Bell Hat
Date: Monday, May 14th
|Phillies Liberty Bell Hat Giveaway|
Comments: I have never been a big fan of the giveaway hats. Inferior manufacturing, and sponsor logo prominently built into the design - they have gone right to Goodwill. When I saw the picture for this hat I was sure it was the "Ladies Night" prize.
Phillies Schedule Magnet
Date: Tuesday, April 3rd and Monday, April 15th
Comments: Another one of those "tried and true" promotions that I could do without. I remember getting these on Fan Appreciation day (for the next season) as a kid. I doubt many people today frequently reference their refrigerator for Phillies game times nowadays - but, I may be wrong. I'll give mine to my three-year old, he might have some use for it.