On top of all the great baseball and fireworks that July has in store, here are some more great promos being offered by New England’s Minor League baseball teams.
July 13th: Matt Harvey Bobblehead Giveaway – Groton’s own has been sensational for the New York Mets this season, going 7-1 with a 2.00 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 132 strikeouts in 117 innings. The former Fitch High ace will be the second in the Tigers “Hometown Heroes” Bobblehead Series this season, with Matt Cain Bobblehead Giveaway following on July 27th. (First 1,000 fans)
Other dates of note: July 6th – Tigers Mouse Pad Giveaway; July 26th – Military Appreciation Night.
July 13th: Star Wars Day – Rain washed out LeLacheur Park’s annual Star Wars Day last year (it was moved to Fenway Park as part of the Futures at Fenway event), so the Spinners are doing it twice this year, with the second happening on August 26th. As much as this has become a staple for most every Minor League team nowadays, it’s always cool to see what new Star Wars inspired jerseys the Spinners will pull off. Plus a pack of a hundred stormtroopers is always a sight to behold.
Other dates of note: July 2nd – Band of Brothers Bobblehead Giveaway; July 14 – Bark in the Park; July 25th – Jack Kerouac Lowell High Football Bobblehead.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats
July 24: Fisher Cats Cap Giveaway – The first 1,000 fans will get treated to a fresh new Fisher Cats hat to keep your noggin’ protected from all of the elements. Face it, by July 24th whatever you are wearing now will be ready for a break.
Other dates of note: July 15th – Player Poster Giveaway; July 16th – Batting Helmet Giveaway; July 23rd – T-Shirt Giveaway; July 28th – Mini Bat Giveaway; plus 7 of 15 games in the month have a post-game fireworks show.
New Britain Rock Cats
July 19th: Joe Mauer Bobblehead Giveaway – The 2009 American League MVP gets another bobblehead honor in New Britain. Not that Rock Cats fans are complaining about getting another crack at honoring one of the most celebrated players to come through town. (First 1,200 fans)
Other dates of note: July 14th – New Britain Stadium Replica Giveaway; July 22nd – Christmas in July.
Pawtucket Red Sox
July 27th: Will Middlebrooks Bobblehead Night – Well this is going to be a little awkward. I’m sure when this was announced at the beginning of the year that the team did not expect that Middlebrooks himself might be in the lineup. Although, to be honest, there is a solid chance he’ll be back with Boston by then. (First 4,000 fans)
Other dates of note: July 12th – PawSox Team Jersey Night.
Portland Sea Dogs
July 5th: Clay Buchholz Bobblehead Giveaway – Sure it’s a bobblehead heavy month, but what better way to honor those players that once played in these very places. Buchholz is just another in a long line of Sea Dogs who went on to a successful big league career and despite recent injury woes, he had been the ace of the Boston staff this season. (First 1,000 fans)
Other dates of note: July 7th – Halloween at Hadlock; July 18th – ZOOperstarts!
Vermont Lake Monsters
July 27th: Tiki Barber Appearance – The former NFL Pro Bowl running back will be on hand to sign autographs, so expect a big crowd for this one.
Other dates of note: July 17th - Light Up Yo-Yo Giveaway; July 19th – Ben & Jerry’s presents ‘Summer of Love’; July 28th – Team Photo Giveaway.
July is a always great time for New England and baseball. Road trips, vacations and that hot, humid summer weather that we beg for when we are shoveling out two-feet of snow in January. Plus the NBA and NHL wrapped up in June and NFL camps are not opening until August, so this is the one true month that grand old game gets to enjoy all to itself. So get out there and take advantage!
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