Hickory, NC- The Hickory Crawdads are preparing to commemorate their 25th anniversary season in 2017, with a year-long celebration featuring plenty of giveaways as well as a chance for a fan to win $25,000.
On Thursday, April 13th the Crawdads will open the gates of L.P. Frans Stadium, officially kicking off the 2017 home schedule and also marking the 25th season of baseball in Hickory. The Crawdads want to celebrate the quarter century milestone with a season-long party. The 2017 schedule features a home game on the 25th of each month, and the 'Dads are celebrating by giving away a different anniversary-themed item on each of those five days, courtesy of Galaxy Food Centers.
- Tuesday, April 25th: T-shirt giveaway (first 500 fans) -White with 1993 Crawdads script logo
- Thursday, May 25th: T-shirt giveaway (first 500 fans) - Black with 2001 'Dads script logo
- Sunday, June 25th: Card Set Giveaway (first 500 fans) - 25 Greatest Crawdads
- Tuesday, July 25th: T-shirt Giveaway (first 500 fans) - Red with 2009 Crawdads arched logo
- Friday, August 25th: T-shirt Giveaway (first 1,000 fans) - Blue with 2016 updated H logo
The four t-shirts together depict the evolution of the Crawdads uniform and feature the 25th anniversary logo on the sleeve. The first t-shirt is an homage to the inaugural 1993 season: white pinstripe jersey with the Crawdads logo bookended with pinchers, emblazoned across the chest. The second t-shirt is a call back to 2001 when the team first introduced the black jerseys embellished with the shortened "Dads" script and single pincher. The third t-shirt pays tribute to the red jersey worn from 2009-2015, featuring the black arched Crawdads script. The final t-shirt mirrors the current blue alternate jersey with the updated H logo on the left chest. Finally, the card set will feature 25 of the greatest Crawdads of all time ranging from 'Dads Hall of Famers Magglio Ordonez and Jose Bautista to more recent standouts in Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara.
In addition to the giveaways, the five-game anniversary set will feature a variety of in-stadium promotions, most notably two chances for a fan to win $25,000. If the Crawdads score at least 5 runs in the 5th inning of any of the five anniversary games, one lucky person in attendance of that game will win $25,000. Additionally, a fan will win $25,000 if the Crawdads win 25 games in any one month of the season. Fans can also be entered into a drawing to win $250 by attending all five anniversary games.
The celebration will continue onto the field as the 'Dads will be donning special 25th anniversary jerseys for the five-game set as well as throughout the season. A replica jersey will be given away on Saturday, April 29th to the first 1,000 fans, courtesy of Pepsi.
The Crawdads full promotional schedule including all theme nights, additional giveaways and celebrity appearances, will be released at a later date.
For more information regarding the Crawdads 25th anniversary season or special promotions, call the 'Dads front office at (828) 322-3000.
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