BILOXI, MS - As Brewers prospect and Shuckers' outfielder Brett Phillips chased down a possum last April at MGM Park, who would have ever guessed the moment might be commemorated with a one-of-a-kind fan giveaway! Well, wonder no more! The Biloxi Shuckers unveiled their full promotional calendar for the 2017 season on Tuesday, which includes a Phillips bobblehead that features the pesky possum that earned them both MiLB's 2016 Blooper of the Year. The bobblehead will also include a sound box that produces his infamous laugh.
Fantastic Fridays will showcase premium giveaways to the first 1,500 fans through the gates at MGM Park, including the Phillips bobblehead on July 14 presented by Keesler Federal Credit Union and WLOX. Other fan giveaways include a Boonie Hat presented by MS Organ Recovery Agency (Opening Night, April 12), Team Photo presented by Knight Abbey (April 14), Sand Koozie (21-and-over) presented by Corona (May 5), Camo Hat presented by Mississippi Forestry Commission (May 19), Beach Tote Bag presented by Beau Rivage (June 9), Mascot Bank presented by ACE Data Shredding & Storage (June 23) and Cooling Towel presented by Beau Rivage (July 7).
The promotional schedule will include five of the nation's top traveling entertainment acts. Returning to MGM Park for the 2017 season are the ZOOperstars! (April 23), Breakin' BBoy McCoy (May 7) and Fur Circus (August 13). Shuckers fans will get to experience a pair of acts making their MGM Park debut in 2017. Minor League Baseball favorite BirdZerk will entertain fans on June 25 and XPogo (Extreme Pogo Entertainment), who were featured on the hit show "America's Got Talent," will bring their 13 Guinnes World Record Breaking performances to the ballpark on July 16.
The Shuckers will wear four specialty jerseys in 2017 and will include a pair of auctions benefitting local non-profits. The baseball world celebrates Jackie Robinson Day on April 15, and the Shuckers will pay tribute to the Southern Negro League's Biloxi Dodgers by wearing throwback gold and blue jerseys that were worn by the team in the 1960s and 70s. The club will partner with March of Dimes for a jersey auction on April 22. The jersey features a unique aquatic design, showcasing the beauty of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and was designed by local tattoo artist Matt Stebly. On June 2, the Shuckers will team up with Favre4Hope and the Memorial Hospital Foundation for a pink jersey auction. Each Monday, the club will wear military-themed jerseys to salute our servicemen and women presented by Keesler Federal Credit Union. The jerseys will be auctioned during the final Monday of the season on August 26.
The Shuckers will be channeling flavors of the Mississippi Gulf Coast with popular theme nights. Come to the ballpark in your flip flops, board shorts and grass skirts, and be a Parrot Head for the night on July 13. Laissez les bons temps rouler! Let the good times roll on August 11 for Halfway to Mardi Gras! Other theme nights this season include Star Wars Night (May 4) Superhero Night (May 14), Princess & Pirates Night (May 21) and Faith & Family Night (August 27). Bark in the Park presented by Raising Cane's is back at MGM Park as the Shuckers host two dog friendly games on April 24 and May 25.
The MGM Park outfield will be transformed into a campground for a pair of overnight campouts for the Girl Scouts on May 5 and Boy Scouts on May 19. There will be two special Education Days, with a special 10:35 am first pitch featuring interactive exhibits for students.
The Shuckers, in partnership with Walmart, have kicked off the "Hit the Books" Reading Program, which aims to teach local students the importance of literacy. The incentive-based drive will reward students who reach their reading goals with a ticket to a Shuckers home game this season. Qualifying students will be invited to participate in an on-field parade before games on April 23, May 7, May 14 or May 21. The parade, led by Schooner, will allow Shuckers fans to honor "Hit the Books" participants for their commitment to reading.
The best pyrotechnics on the Gulf Coast will be back in full effect this season as fireworks will light up the sky above MGM Park and downtown Biloxi after all 12 Saturday home games plus a special Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza on July 4 that you won't want to miss!
The 2017 Promotional Schedule:
April 12 - Opening Day, Boonie Hat Giveaway presented by MS Organ Recovery Agency
April 13 - Magnetic Schedule Giveaway
April 14 - Team Picture Giveaway presented by Knight Abbey
April 15 - Post-Game Fireworks & Negro League/Biloxi Dodgers Tribute Night
April 22 - Post-Game Fireworks & March of Dimes Specialty Jersey Auction
April 23 - ZOOperstars! Performance
April 24 - Bark in the Park presented by Raising Cane's
April 26 - Education Day (10:35 am first pitch)
May 4 - Star Wars Night
May 5 - Sand Koozie Giveaway presented by Corona (fans 21 and older), Girl Scout Night with campout
May 6 - Post-Game Fireworks
May 7 - Breakin' BBoy McCoy Performance
May 13 - Post-Game Fireworks
May 14 - Mother's Day & Superhero Night
May 15 - Bark in the Park #2 presented by Raising Cane's
May 16 - Education Day (10:35 am first pitch)
May 19 - Camo Hat Giveaway presented by Mississippi Forestry Commission, Boy Scout Night with campout
May 20 - Post-Game Fireworks
May 21 - Princess & Pirates Night
June 2 - Breast Cancer Awareness Jersey Auction & Mystery Giveaway presented by Favre4Hope & Memorial Hospital Foundation
June 3 - Post-Game Fireworks
June 9 - Beach Tote Bag Giveaway presented by Beau Rivage
June 10 - Post-Game Fireworks
June 11 - Schooner the Seagull Birthday Celebration
June 23 - Strikeout ALS Night & Mascot Bank Giveaway presented by ACE Data Shredding & Storage
June 24 - Post-Game Fireworks
June 25 - BirdZerk! Performance
July 4 - Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza
July 7 - Cooling Towel Giveaway presented by Beau Rivage
July 8 - Post-Game Fireworks & Military Appreciation Night
July 13 - Parrot Head Night
July 14 - Brett Phillips Bobblehead presented by Keesler Federal Credit Union & WLOX
July 15 - Post-Game Fireworks & Christmas in July with Toy Drive
July 16 - XPogo Performance
Aug. 11 - Mystery Giveaway & Halfway to Mardi Gras
Aug. 12 - Post-Game Fireworks presented by Mercedes-Benz of South Mississippi
Aug. 13 - Fur Circus Performance
Aug. 25 - Mystery Giveaway
Aug. 26 - Post-Game Fireworks presented by Margaritaville Resort Biloxi
Aug. 27 - Faith & Family Night
Aug. 28 - Military Jersey Auction
Aug. 30 - Fan Appreciation Night
(Promo schedule is subject to change)
2017 Shuckers Weekly Promotions:
- Sunday: Family Fun Day - Fans will have the opportunity to get autographs from Shuckers players prior to each Sunday home game. After the game, bring your glove and a baseball and play catch on the field. Also available on Sundays this season are Family 4 Packs, which include 4 Reserved Tickets and 4 Schooner Specials (Hot Dog, Chips and Drink) for just $60
- Monday: Military Mondays presented by Keesler Federal Credit Union - Discounted tickets will be available for active military and veterans. The Shuckers will wear military-themed jerseys during each Monday home game to salute our servicemen and women.
- Tuesday: Two-For-Tuesday presented by Polk's Meat Products - The Shuckers will be offering $2 Polk's hot dogs on Tuesdays, and fans can bring in their Polk's Meat Products label to the MGM Park box office on Tuesdays and receive a BOGO reserved level ticket. Polk's is the official hotdog and sausage of MGM Park!
- Wednesday: All-You-Can-Eat Wednesdays - Bring your appetite to MGM Park each Wednesday this season for an all-you-can-eat buffet in the left field terrace, which will include hamburgers and hot dogs plus additional food options provided by local restaurant partners. The all-you-can-eat ticket is just $20! Season ticket holders will have the option to upgrade their tickets each Wednesday for only $10.
- Thursday: Thirsty Thursday presented by Yuengling, Coca-Cola and Kicker 108 - Fans asked for it and the Shuckers delivered! Each Thursday, fans can now enjoy $2 Yuengling Drafts, $2 Fountain Soft Drinks and $3 Weekly Draft Beer Specials.
- Friday: Fantastic Friday - The first 1,500 fans through the gates on Fridays this season will receive a premium giveaway that you won't want to miss!
- Saturday: Fireworks Saturdays - Join the Shuckers for a fireworks show above MGM Park after every Saturday home game.
- Every Day: Kids Fun Run - Kids 12 and under will have the opportunity to come on the field and run the bases after every Shuckers home game again this season.
Fans can guarantee the same great seat for every promotion at MGM Park this season by purchasing a 2017 ticket package. See all 70 home games with a Full Season plan, ensure your seat for each Fantastic Friday Giveaway Night and Fireworks Night with a 34-game Weekender Package, or choose from the 18-game Grand Slam Package, 10-game Diamond Deal or 20-game Flex Plan. Each of the Full Season, Weekender, Grand Slam and Diamond Deal plans include the same seats for each ticketed game date, with the convenience of avoiding ticket lines and going straight to the ballpark gates. Flex Plans are available in sets of 20 undated reserved or box level vouchers. Fans may use this DIRECT LINK to purchase their ticket plan NOW.
Tickets are currently ON SALE for the Shuckers' benefit exhibition game with William Carey University at MGM Park on Tuesday, April 4 at 6:35 pm. Tickets for individual games for the 2017 season will go on sale March 6 beginning at 10:00 am. Opening Day for the 2017 season is Thursday, April 6 at Montgomery. The Shuckers will open their third season at MGM Park on Wednesday, April 12 at 6:35 pm against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.
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