Padres and Indians: The Promotional Schedule Breakdown

Nate of the Vocal Minority had a fantastic post this morning about the Padres and Indians off-season. Two comparable cities/franchises but with two entirely different off-seasons. This led Twitter follower @PointerDave to comment:

Ask and ye shall receive Dave!

What do the Indians have in store for their Promotional Schedule? I was shocked to look at how long their list was.

-15 $1 Hot Dog Nights
-12 Kids Days (Every Sunday)
-16 Fireworks Nights (Set to some cool themes: Beatles, Hendrix, Woodstock & Blues Brothers to name a few)
-An Albert Belle Bobblehead (6/1), Omar Vizquel Bobblehead (7/8) & a Rocky Colavito HOF Plaque (8/10)
-A ton of wearables: Bourn, Swisher, Brantley & Kipnis Replica Jerseys, a rally CAP (not towel), mesh trucker hat, throwback hats & throwback jersey shirts

Here I thought it was going to take me a couple minutes to write this up only to realize that it was going to take me that long to just read every giveaway/event that the Indians are having this year. Their list is massive when compared to the Padres.

When I always complain about how the Padres have ENTIRELY lost touch with their history, people often respond with “Well the Padres don’t have as long of a history as Team X”. The Indians have a long history but are honoring “Joey” Belle, who retired in 2000 and Vizquel, who retired last year, with bobbleheads this year. The Padres have plenty of players who they could honor. Tony Gwynn has NEVER had a giveaway bobblehead. Trevor Hoffman has NEVER had a giveaway bobblehead. Those are probably the 2 greatest Padres in their history yet they’ve been neglected there. Why is that? (Don’t worry they both make an appearance in my vision of a better schedule this Thursday.)

The Indians wearables are awesome. They balance it out so they have both retro stuff, while also marketing new players and the current uniforms by having current stuff as well. Every Sunday is kids days and they have a ton of Fireworks nights set to some really cool themes. They also have other things like calendars, flags and backpacks that I did not mention above. Personally there are at least 2 nights a month where I would really want to go to a game for the promotions. I envy you Cleveland.*

*When it comes to promotional schedules, everything else though you can have.

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  • You’ll get a Guy Fieri Totally Bitchin’ Burger or whatever the hell it’s called and like it!

    • SDPads1

      With a rally towel as a napkin?

  • Tim Stoops

    I was incredibly embarrassed when I took a look at the 2013 Padres promotional schedule. All effort seems to be gone. The Chase Headley bobblehead looks almost the same. He won a Gold Glove last year too, so put him in a fielding pose this time.

    Speaking of Cleveland, I’m hoping this is the season I can drive up for an Indians game. Vizquel bobblehead meetup party anyone?

    Here in Cincinnati, for the past two seasons I have purchased small ticket packages that allowed me to go to all the bobblehead games. Last year I got Joey Votto, Sean Casey, Jay Bruce, and Johnny Cueto. This year I’ll get Aroldis Chapman, Mat Latos, Todd Fraizer, Votto (again), and Brandon Phillips. I’ll be taking in at least one game during the Padres visit too, where the Reds are giving out a hat (go figure).

    The Padres are still my #1 team, but I’d be a fool to pass up free bobbleheads like this (hopefully the image attachment works). And each ticket in these packs comes with a voucher for a McDonalds value meal. So I have 6 of those now. Yeah, Ohio’s got an eating problem…

    • SDPads1

      I can’t wait to see the Latos one. Anytime a player has something unique (eg: tattoos) I love seeing their bobblehead.

      • When are the Reds going to have a Mat Latos Tattoo Sleeves night?

    • Do NOT devalue the McDonald’s vouchers if you don’t want to incur my wrath!

  • Holy crap! The Tribe is bringing it. Off-season moves and promotions!

    • SDPads1

      I’m not sure if all this will equal more wins but there is definitely a buzz there as the Home Opener sold out in minutes.

  • My favorite thing the Indians do involves no giveaway. Several times a year, early in the season, they do games with noon start times. I try to go to one a year, hoping to find the best matchup. 2 seasons ago it was Masterson vs. Shields and it was awesome. Last year was wet but I bar hopped after and drank some great beer. It’s always good times when the game starts at noon.

  • I remember the good old days when a bad Pads team could draw 60000 for beach towel night vs the Expos. This team lost its soul once it moved to Petco. It became less convenient for the 8 east/15 north fanbases to get to games. Look where the best prep players come from, that is where baseball is popular in the county, not Little Italy or North Park. Plus most east county fans prefer tailgating than hitting the Gaslamp pregame (mostly because it’s cheaper, $7 beers don’t work out here). The Padres were in such a rush to follow the trend to move downtown, they really didn’t think that one through. It’s going to take a top-level marketing campaign and one great year or several years of non-crappy baseball to get the fans back. Although 5 Tony Gwynn bobbleheads a year would be good start.