Wilmington, DE- Complimentary bobbleheads and shirseys representing eight of the most popular players in franchise history highlight the giveaway docket for the 25th season of Wilmington Blue Rocks baseball. Four bobbleheads and four jersey--style t-shirts will honor some of the most accomplished men ever to take the field at Frawley Stadium, and they will be free to fans at select games in 2017.
The Blue Rocks bobblehead series (presented by Bank of America) will run throughout the summer. On June 17 the first 1,200 fans will receive a bobblehead of slugger Johnny Damon, who played for the Rocks in 1993. On July 16 the initial 1,200 patrons will receive a Carlos Beltran bobblehead. Beltran played parts of two seasons with Wilmington in 1997 and 1998. Then, on August 5 the first 1,200 fans at Frawley Stadium get a Zack Greinke bobblehead. He starred with the Rocks as a teenager in 2003. And finally on September 2 the first 1,200 fans will receive an Eric Hosmer bobblehead. Hosmer won a Carolina League batting title with the Rocks in 2010.
Fans should reserve their tickets for all four games, because for the first time in Blue Rocks history the individual bobbleheads fit together to form a larger commemorative keepsake. Ticket packages to secure seats for an opportunity to accrue the entire set are available online now at BlueRocks.com.
In addition to the bobblehead series the Blue Rocks will also feature a complimentary shirsey series to fans at four games in 2017. The t-shirts will look like jerseys from different eras of Blue Rocks baseball.
On May 11 the first 1,000 fans will receive a shirsey of slugger Mike Sweeney, who played with Wilmington in 1995. Almost one month later, on June 10, Delaware Express will provide the first 1,000 patrons through the gates with a Clay Buchholz shirsey. Buchholz pitched for the Rocks in 2006 and is currently in the Phillies rotation. On August 17 the first 1,000 fans get a shirsey of World Series MVP Salvador Perez, who spent the 2010 campaign in Wilmington. And finally, on August 31 the initial 1,000 patrons will get a Jacoby Ellsbury shirsey, in honor of the perennial All-Star who roamed the outfield at Frawley Stadium in 2006.
The Blue Rocks will also feature a five-game Heritage series in 2017 (presented by Unique Image), with t-shirt giveaways honoring the German, Polish, Irish, Italian and Jewish cultures. Other notable giveaways will include:
- Bandanas on May 13
- Infinity scarves on Mother's Day, May 14
- Beach towels (courtesy of Delaware Division of Public Health) on May 24
- Digital camo caps (presented by The Greene Turtle) on May 27
- Military tribute card sets on May 28
- Youth t-shirts (presented by IMPACT Delaware) on June 16
- Golf umbrellas (courtesy of M&T Bank) on Father's Day, June 18
- Patriotic socks on July 1
- Blue Rocks Santa hats on July 13
- Camo boonie hats (presented by Delaware Lottery) on July 15
- Senator Chris Coons bobbleheads (courtesy of ShopRite) on August 3
- Uniform-evolution canvas prints on August 6.
Wilmington began its three-part promotional calendar release on Wednesday by announcing the return of Fireworks Friday and the cowboy monkey rodeo as well as the slate for the 25th season festivities on opening weekend.
As is Blue Rocks tradition, the Wilmington night sky will light up with an expansive fireworks show set to music after every home Friday game in 2017. Each show will also feature its own theme. In addition to the 11 Friday fireworks shows, there will be postgame fireworks after Blue Rocks games on Sunday, May 28, Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3.
Blue Rocks fans will also have plenty of opportunities to watch their favorite performing act, the Cowboy Monkey Rodeo. Monkeys dressed as cowboys riding dogs as though they were horses while herding rams will perform on the field at Frawley Stadium during and after the games on May 12, 13 and 25, as well as July 24 and 25.
Then the Rocks have plenty of fun slated for the first weekend of their 2017 season. Opening Night on April 6 will feature flashbacks to when the team played its first game in 1993 as well as an on-field ceremony that will include speeches from local dignitaries and a special first pitch. Plus the first 5,000 fans will receive magnetic schedules. After the first Fireworks Friday of the season on April 7, the Blue Rocks will distribute a 25th season team set to the first 1,000 fans on Saturday, April 8. These baseball cards (courtesy of Wilmington University) will feature the most popular figures in franchise history. Then on Sunday, April 9 the team will celebrate mascot Rocky Bluewinkle's 25th birthday, as mascots from around the region will be on hand to share in the fun.
Stay tuned, as on Friday the team will release its big events for the upcoming campaign.
Individual tickets for the 25th season of Wilmington Blue Rocks baseball go on sale on Saturday, March 4 at Frawley Stadium. The Rocks are celebrating with a Blue Saturday Ticket Extravaganza that will feature special discounts, prizes and refreshments at the Frawley Stadium Ticket Office. Season seats, mini plans and group packages for the Blue Rocks' 25th season are on sale now via BlueRocks.com. To learn more about what is on tap for the Rocks' 25th season celebration, check out www.BlueRocks/25thseason.com.
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