A Joe Maddon Mr. Potato Head, DJ Kitty Plush Hat, Wil Myers Bobblehead and Evan Longoria ‘80s Hair Band Drummer Bobblehead are among the Rays’ promotional giveaways in 2014.
The Rays announced their promotion schedule today, with the giveaways taking place during 18 Saturdays and Sundays during the season.
In addition, the team announced it is bringing back the Ticket Tandem program, which allows fans to purchase special tickets for select Friday games that include limited-edition keepsakes.
Maddon, who was the subject of the Joe Maddon Gnome giveaway in 2013, was once again touched to be cast as another figure.
“All this stuff here, it’s just part of a lot of the crazy stuff that we do that’s also highly complimentary at the same time,” Maddon said. “I’m happy to be lionized as Mr. Potato Head, and also knowing that my Polish grandmother used to eat potatoes on a daily basis.”
The team will have special giveaways for Mother’s Day (Rays Sun Hat, May 11 vs. Indians) and Father’s Day (James Loney Grill Set, June 8 vs. Mariners), as well as specific giveaways for children ages 14-under.
In addition, the Rays will host Family Fun Days each Sunday. They will feature free parking for cars with four or more passengers, and children can take part in various activities including running the bases, DJ Kitty Dance Party, face painting, magicians and balloon artists.
Regular season single-game tickets go on sale on March 1 on the Rays’ website. Tickets also will be available a new Flex Pack that allows fans to select games now — at a discount - in three-, six-, or nine-game blocks.
Fans can reserve 2014 season tickets by calling 888-FAN-RAYS, online at raysbaseball.com or at Tropicana Field on Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
RAYS 2014 PROMOTIONS
Mon, March 31 (Blue Jays): Schedule Magnet (all fans)
Sat, April 5 (Rangers): Wil Myers Rookie of the Year Bobblehead-*
Sun, April 6 (Rangers): Desmond Jennings Baseball Buddy-**
Sun, April 20 (Yankees): Joe Maddon Hoodie Drawstring Bag-**
Sat, May 10 (Indians): DJ Kitty Plush Hat-*
Sun, May 11 (Indians): Mother’s Day Sun Hat-***
Sun, May 25 (Red Sox): David Price and Astro Dog Tags-**
Sun, June 8 (Mariners): James Loney Grill Set-****
Sun, June 22 (Astros): Ben Zobrist Wiffle Ball Set-**
Sun, July 13 (Blue Jays): Yunel Escobar Basketball Hoop -**
Sun, July 27 (Red Sox): Chris Archer Christmas Stocking -**
Sat, Aug. 2 (Blue Jays): Joe Maddon Mr. Potato Head-*
Sun, Aug. 3 (Angels): Wil Myers Bike Horn-**
Sun, Aug. 17 (Yankees): Mr. Happy Bobblehead-**
Sun, Aug. 31 (Red Sox): Matt Moore Kids Plate and Cup Set-**
Sat, Sep. 6 (Orioles): Longo ‘80s Hair Band Drummer Bobble-*
Sun, Sep. 7 (Orioles): Solar Power Waving DJ Kitty-*
Sun, Sep. 21 (White Sox): Raymond Train-**
*-First 20,000 fans
***-First 10,000 women
****-First 10,000 men
(NOTE: Promotions subject to change)
Fri, April 4 (Rangers): Rays Wall Banner
Fri, April 18 (Yankees): Evan Longoria T-shirt
Fri, May 9 (Indians): Ladies Wristlet
Fri, May 23 (Red Sox): Alex Cobb Military Bobblehead
Fri, June 6 (Mariners): Rays Beach Towel
Fri, June 20 (Astros): Rays Duffle
Fri, July 11 (Blue Jays): Rays Umbrella
Fri, July 25 (Red Sox): Don Zimmer Snowglobe
Fri, Aug. 1 (Angels): Joe Maddon Wine Glasses
Fri, Aug. 15 (Yankees): Rays Cooler
Fri, Aug. 29 (Red Sox): Raymond Gnome
Fri, Sep. 5 (Orioles): Fan Vote Player T-Shirt
Fri, Sep. 19 (White Sox): Rays Stein