The Year's Best Giveaway?

During the offseason, I spend untold hours combing the promotional calendars of all affiliated Minor League teams. When going through the Lancaster JetHawks‘ list of 2008 promos, one in particular caught my eye:

July 12th — Custom Skateboard Giveaway (first 500 kids 16 and younger)

If there has been a more high-end mass giveaway item in the Minor Leagues this season, I sure haven’t seen it. JetHawks GM Brad Seymour sent along a photo of the board, which appears below:

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And while this giveaway is most decidedly “for the kids”, the grown-ups in attendance won’t be completely left out. Seymour writes:

We are also giving away nine team-signed skateboards to nine lucky adults who
will receive a raffle ticket as they enter the gates. We will give one
autographed board away per inning on the night of the giveaway.

The evening will also feature a pre-game “action sports” showcase, during which youngsters will witness firsthand the sort of awesome feats that can be achieved on a skateboard. This will segue into an “inaction sports” showcase, as the JetHawks take on the Inland Empire 66ers in the evening’s regularly scheduled contest.

I’m just kidding, baseball. You will always be my favorite of all sports, and you know that I love you.


And I thought bobbleheads were impressive…

This was a great promotion. We were there that night. What it doesn’t tell you is that only a fraction of those children who showed up that night actually got a skateboard. The line started hours before the start of the game and went around the stadium. Most children went away disappointed.

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