It’s officially baseball season! Across the country, everyone celebrated opening day to ring in the start of “America’s favorite past time” this last week. There’s a couple of fun things some teams did to start the season off right, and I thought it would be fun to touch on some of those.
It is super cool to see the different things organizations come up with to draw attention to minor league baseball and get people through their gates to attend games. Obviously I love the Timber Rattlers organization, so I have to touch on what they did. Their official home opener was on April 8, and they didn’t waste any time with promotions. People already love going to games, but people love going to games even more when they get free stuff. For every fan who walked through the Fox Cities Stadium gates, a David Ortiz bobblehead was given to them. The Timber Rattlers drew in over 4,000 people in for their opening day fun.
(Side note: Big Papi is a legend in baseball, but he has some roots when it comes to the Timber Rattlers and the the Fox Cities. Ortiz played for the Rattlers in 1996 when they were affiliated with the Mariners rather than the Brewers. The Ortiz family are actually very good family friends of mine because his wife is from Kaukauna and grew up with her family.)
The Biloxi Shuckers, Double-A affiliate of the Brewers, had their opening day on the road. They started their season off at the Montgomery Biscuit’s field. Yes, their mascot is indeed a biscuit. The Biscuits had a “Thirsty Thursday” on April 6, but I couldn’t find an attendance number!
Lastly, the Colorado Sky Sox, who are the Triple-A affiliate of the Timber Rattlers, also had a “$3 Thirsty Thursday,” magnet giveaway and the chance to win a ticket package. Again, I was not able to find a number for attendance. However, I did make a correlation between all of the Brewers affiliates, and that is you can tell they are all Wisconsin when they are taking advantage of a “Thirsty Thursday” on opening day!
My favorite thing about opening day from this year was seeing some of the MiLB mascots make an appearance on the Today Show. I thought that this was super fun and a creative way to bring attention to the MiLB.
Below is a short Instagram video of the “mascots on the loose” in New York City too! Enjoy.