The Trenton Thunder are putting single game tickets on sale this morning, and they announced a portion of the 2013 promotional schedule yesterday. I’m looking forward to the All-Time Team Card Sets on August 2nd, but I probably won’t go out of my way to be there for any of the others. I have friends who will be happy to see some Red Sox-era bobbleheads, though.

Here’s the press release about the promo schedule.

FIRST ROUND OF 2013 PROMOTIONS ANNOUNCED
(TRENTON, NJ) – With promotional giveaways featuring the likeness of alums Nomar Garciaparra, Kevin Youkilis and Robinson Cano, the 2013 Trenton Thunder Promotional Schedule will celebrate the team’s 20th season in New Jersey’s capitol city.
The Thunder, the Double A Affiliate of the New York Yankees, announced a portion of its 2013 Promotional Schedule on Thursday afternoon in advance of single game tickets going on sale for the first time on Friday, Feburary 1.  Additional promotions are still being finalized and will be announced at a later date.
The 2013 promotional slate includes seven giveaway items themed around the the team’s 20th season in Trenton.  These promotions include T-Shirts (April 26), Mini Bats (April 28),Pennants (May 17),  Banners (July 23 thanks to TD Bank), Dodge Balls (August 4) and Bucket Hats (August 14 thanks to ARM & HAMMER).  The team will also give away All-Time Team Card Sets, featuring outstanding players from franchise history on August 2.
The Thunder will host five Bobblehead Doll giveaways this season with each one featuring a player who wore the Thunder uniform in their careers.   The first will feature New York Yankees Infielder Kevin Youkilis (Thunder 2002) on May 10 thanks to Capital Health.  The next will be team golden retriever Chase on July 5 thanks to ARM & HAMMER, followed by Robinson Cano(Thunder 2003-04, rehab 2006) on July 19 thanks to Hyundai and a Nomar Garciaparra (Thunder 1995) “Mini” Bobblehead on August 9.  On August 23, the team will give away bobbleheads featuring Joba Chamberlain (Thunder 2007) thanks to TD Bank.  There will also be a to be determined Player Statue giveaway thanks to Verizon Wireless on August 28.
The 2013 promotional slate is loaded with traditionally popular giveaway items as well.  On Opening Night, (April 11) the Thunder will commemorate the first game played in the newly renamed ARM & HAMMER Park with a Logo Baseball giveaway. More giveaways includeMagnetic Schedules (thanks to MCIA on April 12 and 15), Replica Jerseys (April 13 thanks to TD Bank), Webkinz dolls (May 12), Thunder Caps (thanks to RAI on June 7), Thunder Posters(thanks to White Eagle Printing on June 12), Team Card Sets (thanks to Verizon Wireless on June 21) and Youth T-Shirts (July 21).
Some new items fans will take home this season include Inflatable Thunder Bats (May 19),Thunder Stixx (July 7) and Thunder Foam Fingers (August 10).
On April 15, all fans in attendance will receive free hot dogs, hamburgers and cheeseburgers as the popular FREE All-You-Can-Eat Night returns for a fourth season.  A second FREE All-You-Can-Eat Night will be held on August 9.
Dog-friendly promotions will return to ARM & HAMMER Park on Sunday, August 25 at 5:05pm with Bark at the Park presented by Dogs and Cats Rule.  This event allows fans to bring their canines with them to the stadium.  On Friday, July 5 dogs are invited once again as the Thunder will celebrate the birthday of its Golden Retriever, Chase.
As previously announced, the Thunder will host 19 fireworks shows after games including on May 9 which marks the date of the first Thunder game played in Trenton in 1994.  The Thunder will also light up the sky with fireworks on July 4 thanks to Andrews Federal Credit Union.  3D Fireworks will return on August 15 as the NJSOP will provide special 3D glasses that fans can wear during the show.
Once again, every Tuesday night game will feature Kids Eat Free presented by On The Border &$1 Hot Dogs thanks to Black Bear Franks.   Thirsty Thursdays will return and fans can enjoy a great beer special until the middle of the 5th inning.  A new addition to the daily promotions isBottom Dollar Wednesdays where fans can show their Bottom Dollar Food receipt at the ticket window to receive a special rate for tickets (based on availability, restrictions apply).
Also added to the schedule are a slew of theme nights including Nurse Appreciation Night (May 9), Special Olympics Night (June 8) and Irish Heritage Night (August 15) .  Many community events will  also be returning to the ballpark including the Second Annual Trenton Thunder Charities Treasure Hunt presented by First Choice Bank (August 10), the Fourth Annual Good Deed Game (August 24) and Community Blood Council of NJ Blood Drives on April 27, June 22 and August 24.

All fans should note that the distribution of promotional items is for fans in attendance only.  Promotion dates, items and distribution quantity is subject to change and/or cancellation.  Please visit trentonthunder.com

for quantity and age restrictions specific for each giveaway/promotion.

The 2013 season will begin on Thursday, April 4 at Portland with the home opener slated for Thursday, April 11 vs. Richmond.  Single game tickets go on sale for the first time on Friday, February 1 online at trentonthunder.com, by phone, 609-394-3300 or in person at ARM & HAMMER Park.

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About Paul Hadsall

I'm the former editor of a weekly community newspaper and current contributor to Hot Stove Baseball. I've been a New York Mets fan for most of my life and I've been blogging about them, minor league baseball, baseball cards and autograph collecting since 2007. Contact me at paul@randombaseballstuff.com

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  1. Looking at our teams’ promotional calendar, we usually check out Star Wars night. We’ve been to two in West Michigan, and last year in Traverse City. Just ordered tickets for WM again this year, and they were already close to being sold out! The kids love it, and and it seems to be one of their more popular nights altogether.
    -Mike

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    • Paul says:

      I’ve been to a couple of Star Wars night promotions held by independent league teams, nothing as elaborate as some of the teams have been doing recently with special uniforms for the day or t-shirts for the fans. Still, it was fun to see a guy in a Darth Vader costume out there on the field with the mascots.

      Star Wars night doesn’t seem to be a big thing with the affiliated minor league teams around here, though.

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