(TRENTON, NJ) - The Thunder, the Double A Affiliate of the New York Yankees, announced new additions to its previously announced Promotional Schedule on Wednesday afternoon with a Robinson Ca-Gnome giveaway and NASCAR and football theme nights leading the way.
Gnomes were first used in Germany in the 1800's as a way to protect gardens from evil sorcery and bring good luck. On Sunday, July 8, the first 1,800 Thunder fans ages six and older will take home a Collectible Garden Gnome that's worthy of protecting even the lush turf at Yankee Stadium. The Thunder's "Robinson Ca-Gnome" giveaway presented by Black Bear Franks will feature the likeness of former Thunder star and current Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano in traditional gnome attire, complete with a pointy cap.
Thunder fans will have two chances to meet prominent sports celebrities at the ballpark this year. On Tuesday, May 29, MLB Network's Larry Bowa will be the Thunder's special guest. Bowa, a 16 year Major League veteran, is a former All-Star and member of the 2,000 hit club. He spent most of his playing career with the Philadelphia Phillies and also managed in the Major Leagues including four seasons with the Phillies where he won the 2001 NL Manager of the Year award. The Thunder will also welcome Steve Weatherford of the New York Giants on Wednesday, June 20 thanks to Steiner Sports Collectibles. Weatherford is a 2011-12 Super Bowl Champion and Franchise Tagged Punter. Both Bowa and Weatherford will throw out a ceremonial pitch and be available for autographs on the main concourse.
Additional new giveaway items include White Eagle Printing Company presenting Thunder player posters to the first 2,000 fans on Tuesday, June 19 and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey supplying umbrellas to the first 1,500 fans ages 18 and older on June 25. The first 1,000 fans ages 21 and over at the Irish Heritage Celebration on August 9 will receive Pint Glasses thanks to Budweiser. On August 20, Kia Car Mugs will be given to the first 1,500 fans ages 18 and older thanks to KIA Motors.
Macy's will present a pair of Back To School Nights at the ballpark this season. On July 31 and August 28, lucky fans will win valuable gift cards to Macy's. Thunder players as well as mascot Boomer will visit the Macy's locations at the Quaker Bridge Mall, Oxford Valley Mall, Neshaminy Mall and East Brunswick in support of the nights (dates TBD).
On Tuesday, August 1, Thunder fans will be thinking NASCAR as Pocono Raceway sponsors the game. The night will feature cars on display, opportunities to meet drivers and NASCAR Pennsylvania 500 promotions and prizes.
On Sunday June 10, Radio Disney will bring their Interactive Entertainment show featuring music, dancing, trivia, activities and prizes to Waterfront Park's Times Square, the area outside the main gates. The show will be before the game, so fans are encouraged to arrive early and visit with Radio Disney personalities.
The Thunder have several fun theme night promotions in store for fans this year. On April 10, everyone is encouraged to dress in their most unattractive sweater as the Thunder celebrate Ugly Sweater Night (think 1980's Bill Cosby and loud Christmas sweaters). Tuesday, August 7 will be the team's Fourth Annual Mustache Bash - an evening full of facial hair themed fun. Saturday, August 18 will be the Thunder's annual Football Kickoff Game and fans are asked to wear their favorite football jersey. There will be football themed entertainment throughout the evening.
Thunder players will wear special jerseys on two occasions this season. On Wednesday, July 4th, the team will wear the much publicized "stars and stripes" uniforms they wore at last year's Independence Day game. The jersey worn by Derek Jeter in 2011 was auctioned off for charity but the rest were kept and will be worn again this season. On Wednesday, August 22 at 12:05pm, the team will sport desert camouflage themed jerseys in recognition of the men and women of the US Armed Forces.
The Thunder will host a special event for business professionals on Monday, April 9. This event, the second annual "Night of Networking" in the Yankee Club includes a presentation, buffet and the chance to network. A special ticket is required.
The Thunder are also bringing back popular daily promotions. All Tuesday night games are "Super Value Tuesdays" with Kids Eat Free Courtesy of On The Border and Dollar Hot Dogs thanks to Black Bear Franks. Thirsty Thursday presented by Budweiser will again feature Bud Light and Budweiser bottles for just $2 from gates open until the 5th inning. Sunday's will feature the TD Bank Kids Fun Run, where kids can run around the bases after all afternoon games.
The 2012 Trenton Thunder season at home on Thursday, April 5 versus New Hampshire. Tickets for the 2011 Trenton Thunder season are on sale now online at trentonthunder.com, by phone at 609-394-3300 or in person at Waterfront Park.