SALISBURY, Md. -- The Delmarva Shorebirds, Class-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, are excited to announce their giveaways for the 2017 season that will include four bobbleheads, a jersey rally towel, three emoji T-shirts for kids, four hats, two posters, and more.
The season will begin on Thursday, April 13th with a 2017 Magnet Schedule going to the first 5,000 fans. The Magnet Schedule giveaway will be followed up the next night with a Jersey Rally Towel Giveaway to the first 1,000 fans. The jersey will replicate the 2017 Shorebirds Orange Friday Jerseys that the team will wear every Friday home game. On Friday, April 28th the team will honor the 95 former Shorebirds that have made it to the Major Leagues with a "Shore to the Show" Poster Giveaway to the first 1,000 fans.
The first hat giveaway of the season will be on Thursday, May 11th to the first 500 fans, courtesy of Spicer Bros. Construction, Inc. The black and gray hat that will be given away received the most votes by the fans during the social media polls on the Shorebirds' Facebook and Twitter pages.
June will feature a Draw String Bag giveaway to the first 1,000 fans on Friday, June 2nd. The Draw String Bag will look just like the new Orange Friday Jerseys that will be worn by the Shorebirds every Friday home game. The first bobblehead giveaway of the year will be on Friday, June 23rd, presented by Holloway Tours, and will be a replica of former Shorebirds and current Baltimore Orioles pitcher, Zach Britton. Britton played in a Shorebirds jersey during the summer of 2008 as a starting pitcher. As a closer with the Orioles, Britton tallied up 47 saves in 2016, which was the most in the American League. The Shorebirds have not done a floppy hat giveaway in quite a few years and will be brought back due to popular demand as the second hat giveaway of the season. Thursday, June 29th will feature a black and orange floppy hat to the first 500 fans, courtesy of Spicer Bros. Construction.
All the bobblehead collectors will love the Mystery Bobblehead Giveaway on Thursday, July 13th. We will be giving early arrivals random bobbleheads that the Shorebirds staff have collected from other sports teams, universities, and companies from all over the country. The amount of bobbleheads that will be given away is to be determined at a later date. The next day will be followed by a vintage Manny Machado Bobblehead Giveaway to the first 1,000 fans, presented by Perdue Farms. Manny Machado was a Shorebird in 2011 when he made the South Atlantic Leage All-Star Team. With the Orioles in 2016, he hit a career high 37 homers while bringing in 96 runs. To keep with the theme of the Manny Machado weekend, the first 500 kids that are age 12 and under will receive a Manny Machado emoji T-shirt on Sunday, July 16th, presented by Maryland EXCELS. The third hat giveaway will be a gold and brown Shorebirds visor on Thursday, July 27th, courtesy of Spicer Bros. Construction, Inc. The first 500 fans will receive one. To close out the month on Sunday, July 30th, the first 1,000 fans will receive a 2017 Shorebirds All-Star Poster, in partnership with Delmarva Printing.
August giveaways kick off with Sherman weekend. On Friday, August 11th, the first 1,000 fans will receive a Sherman mini bobblehead, honoring your favorite mascot. Then, on Sunday August 13th, the first 500 kids that are age 12 and under will receive the 2nd emoji shirt of the season of Sherman, presented by Maryland EXCELS. The fourth and final hat giveaway of the year will be on Thursday, August 24th. The hat will feature an orange and white design and will be given to the first 500 fans, courtesy of Spicer Bros. Construction, Inc. The Shorebirds and the Bank of Delmarva will once again be giving away cash to the first 1,000 fans through the gates on Friday, August 25th. Cash awards will begin at $1, with one lucky fan winning a grand prize of $500.
The fourth and final bobblehead giveaway will be on Friday, September 1st. The first 1,000 fans will be receiving a vintage Jonathan Schoop Bobblehead. The 2017 season giveaways will conclude with the Zach Britton emoji T-shirt given away to the first 500 kids through the gates that are age 12 and under on Sunday, September 3rd, presented by Maryland EXCELS.
The complete list of 2017 Shorebirds Giveaways can be found on theshorebirds.com. Giveaways and information are subject to change. Ticket plans can now be purchased online at theshorebirds.com. For group outing information, contact the Shorebirds at 410-219-3112.
The Delmarva Shorebirds are the Class "A" Affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The Shorebirds are owned by
7th Inning Stretch, LLC, the same company that owns the Stockton Ports of the California League and the Everett AquaSox of the Northwest League.
The Shorebirds celebrated their 20th season in 2015, and have entertained nearly five million fans since beginning play at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Md. in 1996. The team has captured South Atlantic League titles in 1997 and 2000 while successfully hosting the South Atlantic League All-Star Game in 1999 and 2011.
For more information on the Shorebirds, call 410-219-3112 or visit theshorebirds.com.
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