After the cancellation of the 2020 Minor League Baseball season, the minors have returned for 2021. Teams have begun welcoming fans back to watch the MLB stars of the future develop their skills, and it’s nice to have it back.
One of the most fun things about the minors is the promotions. Every year, teams around the country hold all sorts of giveaways, theme days, and special appearances to try and get some more fans to come and check out some baseball. While COVID-19 seems to have somewhat slowed things down this year, all of the Yankees’ affiliates have plenty of events to check out this season. Here’s a rundown of the best and most fun promotions at this year’s games.
The Triple-A RailRiders haven’t announced any giveaways, but they have themed various days of the week throughout the season. Every Wednesday is a Waggin’ Wednesday, where you can bring your dog, a promotion which my good boy has partaken in before.
Every Friday will feature post-game fireworks, while Sundays are “Family FunDays.”
The Yankees’ new Double-A affiliate haven’t gotten into the truly weird and fun giveaways in their first season, but there are some. The most interesting is probably a BBQ apron giveaway on Father’s Day on June 20th. Beyond that, it’s a lot of traditional promotions like the first 1000 fans getting a bat on September 9th and 2000 getting baseballs on August 8th.
Like the RailRiders, they also have some regular events throughout the season, including a chance to win $10,000 on bi-weekly Thursdays.
The Yankees’ new High-A affiliate has stepped it up in their first season with some impressively weird theme game ideas.
On May 26th, they will hold a “Bizarre Laws Night” where they will do things like not allow slippers after 10 p.m. It appears there are multiple different games with Saturday Night Live themes (May 29th, June 19th, and July 31st) all held on Saturday, obviously. They are setting their fireworks to different types of music every time, including the late, great DMX (June 25th) and what they describe as “Jazz Bangers” (September 10th).
On the giveaway front, their most interesting one is on August 11th and is of the time their PA announcer was ejected from a game. That is based on a real event, and seemingly the only ejection of its kind.
Moving down a level to Low-A, the Tarpons haven’t announced any giveaways and are generally going with themed days. However, one of them is particularly interesting.
They are promoting nine Friday games as “Sink or Swim Fridays.” At them, for $20 you can get all you can drink beer and wine until the Tarpons allow a run. I’m not sure if you’ve been paying attention to the Tarpons’ scores so far this season, but they’ve been very high scoring. (In the first six games of the season, they scored 78 runs and allowed 47 for an average score of nearly 13-8.) Pitchers in Low-A are also generally early in their development and aren’t always the most accurate. That being said, there’s a non-zero chance one of those nine games ends in a Tampa shutout or at least goes deep into the game as one. That could be a hell of a time if you purchase one of those tickets.
They’re also doing something called “Baseball Bingo Wednesdays” which I presume is that you get a bingo card and fill it out based on various events that happen in the game.
If you feel comfortable going to MILB game and get the chance, take it! Minor league games are a ton of fun.