Earlier this week the Phillies Triple-A affiliate, Lehigh Valley IronPigs released their 2014 promotional schedule. The calendar is full of old favorites such as their annual Garden Gnome (Darin Ruf - June 19), and Piggy Bank (June 22) giveaways, as well as a few that may be regular features for seasons to come. Here are a few of the highlights:
As they have in previous seasons, the club will pay tribute to several former Pigs. Honestly, I wish the Phillies would follow this model with their bobbles - selecting notable players from their history. Anyway, the IronPigs will have four bobble-themed promotions featuring figurines in the likeness of Cody Asche (April 9), Jonathan Pettibone (April 10), Ethan Martin (April 28) and Cesar Hernandez (June 9).
Over the past few years, a handful of promotions have come to be expected. LHV collectors won't be disappointed to see the Garden Gnome, Piggy Bank or ironically promoted Foam Finger which celebrates Prostate Cancer Awareness.
Call me boring, but I have always liked "functional" stadium giveaways: t-shirts, beach towels and bat day (don't kid yourself, those bats are to use!). Along with the team's first on-field "photo night" (May 13), they will also be giving away some useful items such as Barbeque Set (June 10), and Pizza Cutter (May 14). Also of interest may be the Kevin Frandsen Wine Topper, being given away for Mother's Day (May 11).
Check out the full promotional calendar...
All pictures via @porkcenter