The Best MLB Giveaways of 2014

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By Phil Hecken

You fine folks may recall last year I was contacted by then-seventeen-year-old Joe Mueller who wanted to give us a taste of Major League Baseball giveaways — which he did, and it was great.

When I put out the call this year for reader pitches for articles during Paul’s summer break, Joe again contacted me, hoping he could not only write about the best MLB giveaways of 2014, but the worst as well, I welcomed him back with open arms. Joe’s a year older (and wiser) now, and I’ll have two articles from him this summer. The first focuses on the “best” giveaways, and it’s below. Enjoy! (Click on most of images to enlarge.)

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The Best MLB Giveaways of 2014
By Joseph Mueller

Thanks again for having me! Today I’m going to list the best giveaway from each team. While some of these are the best giveaway from each team in my mind there are others that are very iffy.. I stay away from the theme tickets, social night at the ball park or any other special at the night which required the purchase of an additional ticket. I also tried to stay away from calenders and regularly scheduled t-shirts. (Free Shirt Friday, T-Shirt Tuesday) I’d love to hear your own opinion and if you have any questions for me I’ll be happy to respond. Now to get into the promotions.

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Arizona Diamondbacks:

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Bob Brenly lead the Diamondbacks to their only World Series title in 2001 and now color commentates the Diamondbacks’ games. I love this promotion not for the person but rather for the clothing mash-up. The Diamondbacks put Brenly in formal pants for the broadcasting and then a jersey for managing. I do also love that jersey and color scheme, so whenever it’s used it’s a plus in my book.

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Atlanta Braves:

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Two things I love in one, bobbleheads and throwback uniforms. The Braves nailed this one. The Braves clearly paid attention to the detail because the bobblehead looks almost identical to the picture featured to the back right.

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Baltimore Orioles:

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The Orioles channeling the 1954 team decided to give this awesome cap away against the Rays eariler in the year. The better part about this promotion is that the Orioles will be wearing throwing it back against the Cardinals and some of them even wore beautiful stirrups!

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Boston Red Sox:

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In a shocking move the Red Sox decide to have giveaways this year. As much as it pains me to say this as a Cardinals fan the 2013 World Series ring is pretty sweet. World Series rings are a popular seller from my experience. The main differences between this ring and the authentic rings are the lack of a name and plain ‘Boston Strong’ in lieu of the circular Boston Strong logo. Also I’m not 100% sure if the Bearded Brothers engraving on the inside of the ring is in the giveaway.

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Chicago Cubs:

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The Cubs are doing promotions from various eras to honor the 100th anniversary of Wrigley. For the 1910’s the Cubs decided to go with this Federals jersey and it’s beautifully accurate. The pinstripes, logo and even buttons. The only problem for some is the 100 years of Wrigley logo on the left sleeve. I personally don’t mind it but some of you might.

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Chicago White Sox:

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I might be in the minority but I love this logo and this look for the White Sox. If only they went back to this logo and uniform set…

[Beach Blanket Bingo giveaway? If so, it’s genius! — PH]

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Cincinnati Reds:

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My favorite player of all time. I loved his intensity, his pure talent, and his lack of taking performance enhancing drugs in an era filled with them. This bobblehead commemorates his 500th homerun against the St. Louis Cardinals on fathers day with his dad in attendance. It was truly remarkable and an honor to watch. The Reds also did a great job recreating those away jerseys.

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Cleveland Indians:

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To honor the 20th anniversary of Progressive Field Cleveland decided to hand out a commemorative poster of the park. Maybe it’s because I’m a ballpark enthusiast, maybe it’s because I’m majoring in architecture, or maybe it’s because of both but I love these sorts of things.

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Colorado Rockies:

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Something the Rockies lack is creativity. This year they have 10 bobbleheads, 9 of which are gnomes, 6 purple jerseys, and 9 purple t-shirts and a rally cap giveaway. While the rally cap is unique I don’t think that it’s any better than the Todd Helton bobblehead. For me it’s just meh but that’s better than all the rest.

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Detroit Tigers:

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More lovely throwbacks. This time it’s a 1984 Detroit Tigers World Series champions jersey. The back is the number 84 with the name Champions. I wish they would’ve put a player’s name and number who was on the team but it’s not the biggest of my concerns. As to why it’s an away jersey I have no clue because the Tigers did win the World Series at home.

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Houston Astros:

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Pretty cool father son bobblehead based on this photo. Some might be wondering why the son is included in the bobblehead and that would be because he is the Astros’ president. The detailing is also phenominal from the stripes on Ried’s shirt to the stripes on Nolan’s shirt.

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Kansas City Royals:

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Pretty cool throwback by the Royals. His name is Mr. Royal and appeared in the 1970’s. Maybe the Royals will wear throwbacks the day they give this away.

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Los Angeles Angels:

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Maybe this is my youth speaking but I love this shirt. The contrast between the red and blue is great. I’ll take five.

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Los Angeles Dodgers:

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Vin Scully is arguably the best announcer in the game of baseball. To honor him the Dodgers are giving away an old fashion microphone with famous sayings accessible at the push of that little black button.

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Miami Marlins:

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This is one of my favorite promotions all year for any team. A jersey set of salt and pepper shakers. The Marlins decided to use their white(salt) and black(pepper) jerseys instead of the gray or It’s even better that they have players with nicknames such as Salt for Jared Saltalamacchia and Pepe for Jose Fernandez. Pepe does not mean pepper but is rather Joe/Joey in Spanish as Jose is Joseph. The only thing that I’d change about this promotion is the big advertisements under the numbers. Honorable Mention: Marlins soccer jersey.

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Milwaukee Brewers:

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Sausage. The Brewers are known for their sausage races dating back to the early1990’s which started with only bratwurst, Polish Sausage, and Italian Sausage. In the late 1990’s hotdog was added and then in the 2000’s chorizo was added. This isn’t the first time the Brewers have done something like this it goes back to 2008. 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013. (Various other teams do mascot races but only two other teams have given away mascot race bobbleheads. One is the Washington Nationals and the other is the Kansas City Royals.)

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Minnesota Twins:

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Love this throwback jersey. I’m a bigger fan that they had a throwback day when they decided to give this jersey away.

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New York Mets:

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Another great bobblehead of Nolan Ryan in another great throwback jersey.

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New York Yankees:

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To honor one of the greatest to play the game of baseball the Yankees decided to give out a bobblehead of Lou Gehrig giving his final speech. It’s such a classy move by the Yankees to honor such a classy person and athlete. As far as details go they are spot on. Everything is exactly how it was when he gave the speech. Minnesota also had the exact promotion on July 4th.

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Oakland Athletics:

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The Athletics are my favorite American League team because of the way they play and their uniforms which are present in this throwback uniform. The yellow sanitaries with the green stirrups with the white cleats is a thing of beauty along with all the other details. This goes along with the Rollie Fingers and Reggie Jackson bobbleheads given away in past years. Also if you haven’t noticed the A’s are big on having big numbers for the throwback bobbleheads for some reason.

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Philadelphia Phillies:

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I absolutely love baseball stadiums. It’s one of my life goals to visit every stadium in the majors. I think that this giveaway does a fantastic job of showcasing the beauty of the park, even though I have not visited the stadium. This would look great on any Phillies fan’s wall.

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Pittsburgh Pirates:

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The Pirates aren’t the best at advertising their promotions in fact they only have the months of June, August, and September up on their site. This is my favorites of the ones I found. It’s odd how it’s him in formal attire but I like it.

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San Diego Padres:

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To honor the 1984 National League champions team the Padres decided to hand out 1984 jerseys.(That makes 3 jerseys from 1984 given away this year) In hopes to make the game a family affair the Padres offered 5 different players’ jerseys which would be randomly given away. Those players included Gwynn & Nettles, McReynolds, Whitson, and Garvey. No matter who you got most people can agree that the 1984 jersey is 100% better than the current ones. If only the Padres would get new jerseys. A great identity promotion for a team losing its identity.

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San Francisco Giants:

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While it’s not as flashy as the current rings this 1954 World Series champions ring is pretty great. The Giants while still playing in New York beat Cleveland 4-0. The ring includes each game’s score on a pennant coming out of the stadium. Pretty cool to see the amount of detail put in by the Giants.

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Seattle Mariners:

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None of the giveaways are really that exciting. I do like the Felix Hernandez train because of longevity of the series. The Mariners have handed out a train a year since 2000 making a nice set and this a go to game if you have previous ones.

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St. Louis Cardinals:

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The best Cardinals announce ever gets his own bobblehead. Similar to the Mike Shannon bobblehead that the Cardinals gave out last year and the Vin Scully microphone given away by the Dodgers, this bobblehead features a voice chip which says this whenever pushed.

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Tampa Bay Rays:

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Probably the most unique promotion I have ever seen and I absolutely love it. I think that it shows the youth, fun and quirky personally of the Rays.

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Texas Rangers:

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I’m a sucker for giveaways featuring stadiums. This one is to honor the 20 years in which Arlington Park has been around. While the painting does look a little sloppy it’s still a fantastic promotion in my mind.

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Toronto Blue Jays:

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Pretty much all I look for to make it a good bobblehead is in this bobblehead. I love the nice accurate detailing of the white jerseys. I also love how they nailed all the armbands. Very well done.

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Washington Nationals:

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The Nationals are used to giving away these types of bobbleheads. If you’re a fan of President Taft, the mascot races, or completing a set then this bobblehead is for you. BONUS.

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I’d like to thank Phil and Paul for having me again! It was a pleasure. I hope you all enjoyed it and I’d love to respond to your comments. If you’d like to reach me I can be found here. I also write regularly for mlpromotions.com and would love if you came to visit me over there. We will be releasing a big article about all the giveaways at the end of the baseball season so stay tuned for that. Again thanks for having me!

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Thanks, Joseph! Great stuff — looking forward to that “worst” list too! OK, readers — what do you think of these freebies? And which do you think is just about the coolest of all the free swag you can pick up at your local ballpark?

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By Brinke Guthrie

Currently reading Dan Epstein’s fantastic book Big Hair & Plastic Grass (with Stars & Strikes on deck- your local public library can save you a lotta dough) – so we’re leading off with 1970s MLB merch.

• This bobblehead proudly displays the Astros Tequila Sunrise look.

• For my wife, who grew up near Oakland watching The Swinging A’s, here’s their classic Starter jacket.

• Always liked the Braves “Feather” jersey, and I still do.

• I had all of these 1970s Big Red Machine season albums….when they were actually albums.

• Not only was Reggie the straw that stirred the drink, he was also the candy bar.

• The Tribe looked quite snazzy IMO in this red jersey. (Paired WITH the red pants, though……er, no.)

• (The defining 1970s MLB uni moment, though- happened 38 years ago this past Friday. Rolling Stone has a nice article on The Clamdigger Look. Couldn’t find a single item on eBay with this look. Good luck!)

• Very cool 1970s NHL/NBC Sports hockey puck, looks like Bobby Orr on the graphic.

• My official breakfast cup, featuring 1970s NFL helmets from IHOP. Filled with Trop 50 OJ every morning.

• Check out the cover art on this 1969 Atlanta Falcons media guide!

• Nothing quite symbolizes collecting NFL stuff from the 1970s quite like these helmet plaques. Here we have the Oilers, Giants, Falcons, Jets, Colts and Rams all in one set. A bit pricey, but if you dig these, here’s a half dozen teams in one shot. Interesting to note that of the six, three of the teams use precisely the same helmet look today.

• This 1960s pin shows you are a member of the Utica NY chapter of the NFL Touchdown Club.

• Take a look at this rather quaint (by today’s standards– I rather like the subtlety) NY Football Giants golf sweater by Etonic.

• Here’s a 1960s 49ers PPK jacket.

• The California Golden Seals NHL team is long gone, but their drinking glasses are still available.

• Great cover art on this 1979 Detroit Lions PRO! game program.

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And now a quick word from Paul: The Uni Watch 15th-anniversary patches are now in stock and available for ordering, and I don’t mind saying that they look pretty damn good. Full details here.

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winooski_plantsale_raffle_2007_logo_1Raffle reminder: Remember, we’re currently raffling off three copies of this visual compendium of baseball uniform history.

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Baseball News: “The York Revolution (Indy Atlantic League) had developmental disabilities day on Aug 10,” writes Charlie Charnigo. “The Ballyhoo on the back is a local youth sports academy, it also has the Special Olympics logo’s on both sleeves. There is a rhino on the front and it is to look like a rino busting out of a jersey. The numbers have the Special Olympics logo in them as well.” … Looks like the Indians are taking a survey on TBTC unis for 2015 (via Andrew Jenkins). … “Interesting article with great photos but one line stood out to me: ‘Ruth… and numerous other stars bought his photographs to fulfill their autograph requests’,” writes Jonathan Daniel. “Players at the time paid out of pocket to fulfill autograph requests? I never really thought about the mechanics of it, but I’m guessing there aren’t a lot of big leaguers who would consider doing that today.” … Here’s a Paste article on the 150 Years of Baseball Uniforms, which some of you may not have yet seen (sent in by Britton Thomas). … Mets reliever Jeurys Familia wore a pink arm sleeve while warming up yesterday (thanks, Paul). … There’s bad blood between the Nationals and Braves, which some of you may have noticed on Sunday night, when Bryce Harper dragged his foot through the Braves’ script A. But before that, Ervin Santana wiped his hands on the Nationals’ curly W (thanks to Yusuke Toyoda). … Jim Edmonds may have been a pajamist, but he also wore proper stirrups underneath (via @HighSockSundays). … How did this not end up in a Third World Country? Bradley Ridenour found this t-shirt over the weekend “at a store that specializes in selling closeouts, overstocks and internet returns.” … Looks like the Orioles still aren’t done wearing their 60th Anniversary stirrups (pics from Jack Krabbe). Here’s a little better quality shot (from Andrew Cosentino). Says Jack of the ‘rups, “Must be a Showalter thing. The owner doesn’t like stirrups.” … Speaking of Buck: here’s a uni notable ice bucket challenge: Buck wearing “angry” bird hat (thanks to Jordan Mayblum).

NFL News: You know what fashion jersey the world needs now? That’s right a camo Packers jersey (that was spotted by Christian Zummer at the Wisconsin State Fair). Nice touch with the camo shorts, no? … Here’s a photo of NY Giant Rashad Jennings and Pittsburgh Steeler Lawrence Timmons autographing and exchanging jerseys following their preseason game on Saturday night (thanks to Dane Drutis). … Good spot by Mike Klug who noticed the Cowboys posted this to their Instagram account yesterday. Says Mike, “Cute pic, but notice Witten’s daughter’s feet – clearly the Cowboys must be painting some of their training camp fields!” … Brinke is excited that the 49ers/Levi’s clothing is now on sale. … Oops — the ‘skins missed the correct flagging for this swoosh (from Chase Martin).

College/High School Football News: Reader James I. Bowie, a “sociologist who does quantitative analyses of trends in logo design,” wrote an article about the SEC logo he hopes we will find interesting. … Did you ever want to know why Purdue football players choose the number they will wear? Now you know (thanks to Kurt Esposito). … “Last year, Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, lost its equipment manager, Mike “Tug” (Tugboat) Garcia,” says Raymie Humbert. They dedicated the remainder of the 2013 campaign to Tug with a green decal on the back of their helmets…incorporating his initials and an anchor, and they won a state title. Now, alongside some other jerseys, Saguaro has rolled out a green tribute jersey for Tug. (Also note the Adidas tire tread pattern; Saguaro has an equipment contract with our favorite triple-stripe outfitter. They were also one of the first schools in the state to introduce and wear a matte football helmet!)” … Here’s a first look at the “Notre Dame Fighting Irish Mens Sideline Football Jersey”, so this is probably our best hint yet at what the on-field jersey will look like (thanks to Travis Bowden). … The UTSA Roadrunners have a new white alternate helmet (thanks to Jordan Rabinowitz). … The Georgetown Hoyas have released their 2014 white uni set (h/t Georgetown Hoyas). … Arizona State is going to be getting new uniforms in about a week. … Georgia State is trying out the Guardian Cap helmet safety pads. … Stephen F. Austin is doing a cool look back at football uniforms since 1923 in anticipation of Tuesday’s unveiling of the 2014 look (from Chris Mycoskie). … The San Jose State Spartans have a new matte gold helmet for 2014 (h/t David Wills). … Remember that Soprting News poll that asked for readers to pick the best NCAA football uni? Well, it’s over, and the Baylor Bears won. … While we have no idea what uniforms they will actually wear (yet), Oregon has released its schedule of what fans should wear to games (h/t Leland Privott). … If you care about such things, here are the cleats Michigan will wear against Penn State for their “Under The Lights III” night game. … Wow! Check out this incredible picture of the 1906 Oklahoma Sooners football team (from Trayton Miller).

NBA News: Artist, Jesse Nunez created soccer style jerseys for every NBA team. Says submitter Sunny Moon “Pretty cool artwork.” … Paul George changed uni numbers for this year (even though he’ll miss the entire season), now No. 13 (for PG-13) — thanks to Mike the Intern. … “Is this a first? Team issued basketball shorts with pockets?” asks Colin Sherrod. “Those clearly look like pockets. These are supposed the ‘authentic’ short Team USA will be wearing in the FIBA World Basketball Festival. I’ve never seen a pair of basketball shorts with pockets before.”

Hockey News: The Kings are going to retire Rob Blake’s #4 jersey before the January 17 game against the Ducks. … Check out this 1967-68 Portland Buckaroos WHL Program! Says Bruce Menard, who sent that in, “It’s rare that I send in anything hockey related, but I thought this had some great old logos.”

Soccer News: The state of the Pontiac Silverdome, 20 years after hosting World Cup matches (from Yusuke Toyoda). He notes, “The biggest find: a box of pamphlets from 1993 soliciting $75 season ticket deposits to help the not-yet-founded Major League Soccer choose franchise locations (and note the red/white/blue version of the league logo).”

College Hoops News: “As a University of Arizona alum,” writes Nick Heisterkamp, “the schools team shop at beardown shop.com has not bothered to replenish the basketball shorts from the 2013/14 season only offering 1 color in 2 sizes and they have zero basketball uniforms available as well. Then, the official Arizona Men’s basketball twitter sent this tweet (yester)day. Could a new uniform set be forthcoming? Sure seems like it.” … You knew this was coming: the Hate Map of College Hoops teams. Dook rocks the Dakotas!!!

Grab Bag: “From Beta Boston, a Boston Globe website focusing on business and innovation, comes news of a Sports Fan Etsy,” says Tom Mulgrew. “Admittedly, I had to look up the meaning of etsy.” … Yesterday’s Shorpy, featuring “Congressional pages — Senate-House basketball,” a.k.a. “How a Ball Becomes Law,” (full story here), was pretty sweet (thanks to Charles Rogers). … Here is an infographic highlighting the limited-overs international uniforms worn by the Australian men’s cricket team between 1977 and 2007 (thanks to Graham Clayton). … Robin Williams as a cheerleader for the Broncos (from Alan Kreit) who adds, “He always kept us happy.” … And from Brinke, this, and this.

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That’s all for today. Thanks to Joe for the great lede on MLB giveaways. I hope everyone has a good Tuesday.

Peace.

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“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”
–Robin Williams

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74 comments to The Best MLB Giveaways of 2014

  • Phantom Dreamer | August 12, 2014 at 7:34 am |

    I believe the Pirates gave away a Jason Grilli throwback jersey earlier this season as well.

    • BurghFan | August 12, 2014 at 8:40 am |

      And Honus Wagner bobbleheads tonight.

      • Rob Ullman | August 12, 2014 at 9:34 am |

        I’ll be in DC for President Bill and the Nats cap with a bottle-opener on the brim this weekend, but I’d LOVE to get my paws on one of those Honus Wagner bobbles!

        • Ben Fortney | August 12, 2014 at 11:06 am |

          Judging by the chaos at Nats Park last week and the resale market, the Jayson Werth Garden Gnome is easily the hottest giveaway of the year. (Lord knows why.)

          Haven’t seen the stadium that packed since the playoffs in 2012. Was more than a little ridiculous.

        • Joe Mueller | August 12, 2014 at 11:19 am |

          I also have no clue as to why the gnomes are so big for promotions. The Rockies gave out nine of them. NINE!

        • Lance Smith | August 12, 2014 at 4:46 pm |

          At least the Ron Gardenhire gnome (or Gardy Gnome) was true to both the subject and the general garden gnome archetype.

    • Joe Mueller | August 12, 2014 at 11:16 am |

      The Honus Wagner bobblehead is sweet! Definitely dig those socks. They did hand out a Jason Grilli jersey earlier this year before he was traded.

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  • James | August 12, 2014 at 7:41 am |

    I think you mean ‘rhino’ (short for rhinoceros) and not ‘rino’ as in ‘Republican in name only’.

  • The Jeff | August 12, 2014 at 7:56 am |

    You know what fashion jersey the world needs now? That’s right a camo Packers jersey

    They’ve been making those stupid things for all 32 teams for at least 2 or 3 years now. It’s not really ticker worthy.

  • JediJeff | August 12, 2014 at 8:12 am |

    Does it get any prettier (for a few years at least) than this?

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    • Connie DC | August 12, 2014 at 8:18 am |

      You are so right. The acme of baseball illustration. Insanely good.

  • Phil P | August 12, 2014 at 8:20 am |

    So just thinking about the sports etsy site, I didn’t see in the article or their own website how they handle licensing for using team brands if someone were to sell their own creations.

    Oh, I just found this “I am not knowingly infringing upon any team or league trademark/licensing issues.” So, I think for most people it would mean just reselling stuff as opposed to producing homemade stuff

  • Connie DC | August 12, 2014 at 8:25 am |

    I guess I can’t complain about the horseshit “God, Country, Notre Dame” business on the new ND “sideline men’s football jersey” unless I want to be told that the God & Country trope is all over key campus buildings and it’s been there forever so putting it on a football jersey is just a logical next step and besides the young people like it.

    • DJ | August 12, 2014 at 10:14 am |

      No, this time I’ll tell you that your opinion (as valid as anyone else’s) is well known, and a bit of a waste of bandwidth to repeat.

      Happy? ;-)

  • Seth H | August 12, 2014 at 8:34 am |

    Bob Brenly “led” the Diamondbacks to their only championship.

    • Mike Chamernik | August 12, 2014 at 10:47 am |

      I have a gripe with the English language. I didn’t know that “led” was the past tense of “lead” until I was 18. I just look at the word “read” – the past tense spells the same, just sounds different. It’s not “red.” Yet “lead” is the exact opposite (though we do also have a “lead,” the element, that rhymes with “led!”).

  • Toddro | August 12, 2014 at 8:34 am |

    Just ordered a copy of Big Hair & Plastic Grass for my vacation in OBX next week. Hopefully it gets to me in time.

  • DS | August 12, 2014 at 9:08 am |

    While the Griffey bobblehead is nice, the Reds outdid themselves with the Mr. Redlegs cap/mustache.

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    • Joe Mueller | August 12, 2014 at 10:36 am |

      I did also like the Mr. Redlegs cap/mustache. My thinking was that the Griffey bobblehead could be put on a shelf to show off but the Mr. Redlegs cap/mustache wouldn’t be seen after the giveaway date except for maybe Halloween.

  • DenverGregg | August 12, 2014 at 9:09 am |

    Re: the Oregon “what to wear” schedule:
    Odd that a few of the days they’re wearing colors that are or are very close to the colors used by opponents – Cal (and, at least close, UCLA) with yellow and Stanford with black.

    • CommenterFormerlyKnownAsEricB. | August 12, 2014 at 10:28 am |

      I see your point with Cal and even UCLA, even though those will be away games for Oregon, so I bet the jersey itself will be white with yellow pants/helmets/etc…That being said, black is absolutely not a Stanford color. I know they have a black jersey set, but so does seemingly everyone, and Stanford for sure won’t be breaking out the black on the road. I think we’re safe in that one.

  • Joe Hilseberg | August 12, 2014 at 9:13 am |

    I do not agree with the throwback hat being the best giveaway…you can easily buy a better version of that hat. What makes a giveaway great is that it is something that you can ONLY get by being at that game.

    That said, the best O’s giveaway was the Father’s Day fedora hat!

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    or the Wild Bill Hagy hat!

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    • Rob H. | August 12, 2014 at 9:36 am |

      What makes a giveaway great is that it is something that you can ONLY get by being at that game.

      Or by buying it on eBay afterwards.

    • DenverGregg | August 12, 2014 at 10:28 am |

      The giveaway “fedora” with such a tiny brim and the degree of lift at the back looks a whole lot more like a trilby. /fedorageekery

    • Joe Mueller | August 12, 2014 at 10:49 am |

      A couple of other teams handed out fedoras such as the Royals and Mariners and a couple of other teams handed out cowboy hats such as the Angels and Blue Jays. So when looking through Baltimore’s promotions I didn’t really want to pick a promotion that wasn’t that unique. I thought that the throwback cap was cool but with that being said I do agree that it should be something you can only get by being at the game.

  • Mike V. | August 12, 2014 at 9:17 am |

    They put ‘Cutch in that attire because that is what he was wearing on MLB network when the award was announced. Cutch tends to wear interesting and fashionable clothes and what he was wearing that day got a little play because there was so much coverage of him in it as he did all the interviews. I thought it was a nice, funny touch that they dressed the bobblehead like that.

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    • Joe Mueller | August 12, 2014 at 10:53 am |

      Thanks, I didn’t know that! I definitely do like it and it makes the bobblehead stand out amongst all the others.

  • Mike Engle on iPhone | August 12, 2014 at 9:19 am |

    Why is the Tigers giveaway throwback jersey in away gray instead of home white? Almost certainly because the white jersey was and is that classic button front look with the Old English D that would be indistinguishable from today. The 1984 roads were actually pullovers (so t-shirts are good proxies) and that design isn’t in current use. So voila.

    • Joe Mueller | August 12, 2014 at 10:57 am |

      Just looked up the Tiger’s jerseys from 1984 and I honestly couldn’t tell the difference between those and the current jerseys so it does make sense. Maybe they hand these out next year?
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  • walter | August 12, 2014 at 9:22 am |

    “What if Tom Landry were the coach of the Bolshoi Ballet?”

  • Todd C | August 12, 2014 at 9:31 am |

    RE: That San Jose Spartans helmet. I hope that’s not a final version. The spartan sticker isn’t even stuck on it seems. Also, is that textured like UW’s? Awful trend if that continues.

  • blazindw | August 12, 2014 at 9:41 am |

    College authentic shorts by Nike have had pockets on them for a few years, as did the USA shorts from a couple years ago. The authentic shorts are the style and material that the team will wear, but they will not have pockets. The authentic material is slightly different from the material on Nike replica shorts.

    • John Zajac | August 12, 2014 at 12:32 pm |

      Yes, I’ve had a few pairs of Adidas basketball shorts with pockets probably going back to around 2008. I agree that it’s highly unlikely that you’ll see pockets with the “on court” authentic shorts but retail and practice shorts have had them for years. It’s tough to see but the descriptions mention front pockets.

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  • Ferdinand Cesarano | August 12, 2014 at 10:16 am |

    A couple of typo notes: “A great identity promotion for a team losing its [without the apostrophe] identity”; and the word “pennant” is missing its last N in the Giants section.

    I am very impressed with the Giants’ ring, and with the club’s ongoing acknowledgement of its New York history. As a historically-minded New Yorker, I say a big thank you to the Giants.

    • Phil Hecken | August 12, 2014 at 10:18 am |

      Thanks. Got the correx.

    • Joe Mueller | August 12, 2014 at 11:01 am |

      I love when teams acknowledge the past in promotions. My only complaint is that the Giants didn’t wear throwbacks for that game.

      • Gusto4044 | August 12, 2014 at 3:05 pm |

        It’s fine to acknowledge the past, but no fan would turn down a free ring. I’m a big history person, but how many New Yorkers(especially under 30 years old), really care about that 1954 team?

        More importantly, let’s be real about how many San Franciscans care about a 60 year club in another city. At the end of the day we’re still talking about two different entities. Not suggesting for a moment the San Francisco Giants ignore the different versions of the team, only put them in the right perspective. A stadium promotion on the first pennant winners in SF would have been more appropriate.

        • Ferdinand Cesarano | August 12, 2014 at 7:22 pm |

          No; it is not two separate entities. The Giants are one continuous entity, every bit as much as the Yankees, Tigers, and Cardinals are. That the Giants’ management understands this fact (as do those of the Dodgers and Braves) is very gratifying.

          You wonder who cares about the New York Giants. The answer is any baseball fan with a sense of history — and, when I was a baseball fan, this seemed to be the defining characteristic of baseball fans..

          The Giants left town before I was born. But, when I as a young Yankee fan became aware of the Giants’ history, they became my favourite team in the National League. Their championship history predates that of the Yankees; and their history intertwines with the Yankees': sharing Hilltop Park; later sharing the Polo Grounds; the Giants’ annoyance at the emergence of the Babe; the teams meeting in three consecutive World Series (the Yankees’ first three), including the first at Yankee Stadium.

          (And later on I found out that the Giants played several exhibition games in my home area Woodhaven (a section of New York City just on the Queens side of the Brooklyn-Queens border) in the 1930s against the local semi-pro team the Bushwicks, and were a very popular attraction.)

          The championships won in New York are every bit a part of the Giants’ history as those won in San Francisco; and the team deserves unreserved congratulations for giving this aspect of its history the respect it deserves.

        • Roger | August 12, 2014 at 9:25 pm |

          Does it matter that New York has other teams now? The whole argument of who owns a team’s identity and records (city or owner) intrigues me.

  • Chance Michaels | August 12, 2014 at 10:19 am |

    Here’s a Paste article on the 150 Years of Baseball Uniforms, which some of you may not have yet seen (sent in by Britton Thomas)

    Anybody else interested in compiling a list of all the print’s errors? Maybe we can encourage them to consider a second printing.

  • Turtle12 | August 12, 2014 at 10:19 am |

    I forgot to mention yesterday that you can vote once a day at http://www.qlracing.... for my paint scheme. You only have to enter all your information the first time you log in. After that, you only have to enter your email. My paint scheme is GHOST FLAME. Thank you for all your votes Yesterday and all the ones in the next few days. I really appreciate it!

  • Thomas J | August 12, 2014 at 10:34 am |

    Interesting factoid. Next season, assuming no changes, the Milwaukee Brewers will have worn their current primary cap exactly as long as they wore their Ball and Glove, M-B cap.

    • Padday | August 12, 2014 at 12:54 pm |

      Not meaning to be too big a pedant, but a “factoid” is not, as is commonly misconstrued, a small or trivial fact but rather a statement presented as a fact but which is actually completely false.

      • Rob H. | August 12, 2014 at 2:04 pm |

        But I think if more people use it to mean the incorrect meaning and that’s what most people reading it understand it to mean, then doesn’t its meaning change?

        Kind of like “Redskin” — if enough people use it to merely mean “Washington football player” then maybe… oh, wait, never mind.

  • PaulS | August 12, 2014 at 10:41 am |

    RE: the Tigers’ giveaway, and why it’s the roadie and not the home jersey. As previously mentioned here, it’s because the home jersey (with the exception of one year, 1960) hasn’t changed in 80 years, let alone the 30 years since the 1984 championship. How would you know it’s a throwback to 1984? Theoretically, it could be a throwback to any one of the four champion teams, since all of them were won wearing the same uniform at home.

  • Robert Eden | August 12, 2014 at 10:41 am |

    Jim Edmonds definitely abandoned proper stirrups later in his career. I seem to recall a photo posted on this site that showed him wearing little golf socks alone under his pajamas. They could be seen when he slid or dove for a ball.

    • JenInChicago | August 12, 2014 at 12:29 pm |

      I came to the comments to remark about this as well. I’m not even sure that the pic shown is showing that he’s wearing stirrups.

      He definitely wore short golf socks – which pissed me off to no end.

      • Phil Hecken | August 12, 2014 at 12:41 pm |

        Yeah, sorry if that ticker item conveyed that he always and only wore stirrups — I too remember the golf sock thing.

        Just sharing the photo from HighSockSunday showing him with a proper pair of hose under (very thin) pants.

  • Mike Chamernik | August 12, 2014 at 10:43 am |

    Don’t want, NEED that Royals bobblehead.

    • Joe Mueller | August 12, 2014 at 11:05 am |

      I definitely agree! I might have to make my way down there from college just for that bobblehead even though I’m a Cardinals fan.

  • Dumb Guy | August 12, 2014 at 10:55 am |
  • Andrew L. | August 12, 2014 at 12:02 pm |

    That Robin Williams cheerleader picture comes from this scene in Mork and Mindy, which begins with him wearing what appears (to me) to be a sideline cape with hole cut for his arms.

    https://www.youtube....

  • Mike Engle | August 12, 2014 at 1:44 pm |

    Steve Ballmer has been confirmed as the new owner of the LA Clippers. The transaction has closed. Since the Clippers name is overwhelmingly mired in memories of losing and Donald Sterling, I wonder if the Clippers will use the fresh start as a catalyst for a re-brand. Can/should we launch a design contest?

    • Cort | August 12, 2014 at 1:51 pm |

      If Ballmer had a shred of decency, he’d send the team home, to Buffalo, and rebrand them the Braves.

      Thirty-some years later, and I still feel depressed about that team leaving town.

      • terriblehuman | August 12, 2014 at 4:34 pm |

        Well, Ballmer does have a history of taking over a lucrative enterprise and making every wrong move possible (while still profiting from legacy products/structural advantages), so there’s hope yet.

    • Jim Vilk | August 12, 2014 at 4:28 pm |

      Definitely rename them, and yes, let’s redesign them!

      • terriblehuman | August 12, 2014 at 4:34 pm |

        Los Angeles Zunes or Los Angeles Vista?

        • Mike Engle | August 12, 2014 at 5:16 pm |

          How about the LA Windows or the LA Gates, while we’re at it? Better not give them blue uniforms then, else they’d be a Blue Screen of Death!

        • Jim Vilk from an iPad | August 12, 2014 at 9:51 pm |

          Anything but Vista.

        • Jim Vilk from an iPad | August 12, 2014 at 9:57 pm |

          Shoot…guess I still won’t be rooting for them…

  • Cort | August 12, 2014 at 1:53 pm |

    Surely someone has mentioned this before, but doesn’t making a bobblhead out of a guy who was dying of a degenerative nerve disease seem a tad insensitive?

    • walter | August 12, 2014 at 2:02 pm |

      I never met Lou Gehrig, but I’m hoping he was the sort of man who wouldn’t want to be remembered solemnly.

  • Newton | August 12, 2014 at 1:55 pm |

    Paul, I was googling Lebron Cavs uniform and I found this site

    I dont know if this guy is blatantly ripping you off or is ignorant but here it is

    http://www.kdramasta...

    • Rob S | August 12, 2014 at 4:10 pm |

      Technically, they’re ripping off Andy Hatfield, who submitted those designs to Paul’s contest.

      And it’s not just that – they’ve already been knocked off.

      • Rob S | August 12, 2014 at 4:26 pm |

        Oddly enough, I went back through Paul’s gallery of contest submissions, and the set that got produced (shown in the forum post I linked) wasn’t one of Andy’s submissions to the contest, just an alternate set that he posted on his own.

        Actually, I kind of like that set better than the similar one Andy submitted to the contest. I think the 2003 wordmarks work a bit better than the modified 2010 wordmarks on the contest entry.

        • James Craven | August 12, 2014 at 7:24 pm |

          Okay, when I think of “Clippers”, I think of the old flying boats from the 1930’s. Maybe that and new team colors will give them the right look and the design possibilities would be endless.

  • Jedi54 | August 12, 2014 at 3:38 pm |

    WC | August 5, 2014 at 9:46 pm |

    The MEAC and SWAC are conferences in Division I FCS, not high school.

    jedi54 | August 7, 2014 at 12:28 am |

    Thanks WC…This needs to be fixed. The SWAC had 2 HOF inducted into the Pro Football HOF on Saturday night. I know most of yall don’t follow the SWAC, MEAC, SIAC or the CIAA, but could they get a little respect.

    Damn Shame.

  • Alex Parisi | August 12, 2014 at 3:51 pm |

    I was confused for a minute on that note about that nice tribute for that high school equipment manager from Saguaro High School in SCOTTSDALE, AZ. The reason being in Tucson there is a high school with a similar name (Saguaro/Sahuaro), and one (Sabino) with the same mascot.

    Saguaro High School
    Nickname: Sabercats
    Location: Scottsdale, Arizona

    Sahuaro High School
    Nickname: Cougars
    Location: Tucson, Arizona

    Sabino High School
    Nickname: Sabercats
    Location: Tucson, Arizona

  • Phantom Dreamer | August 12, 2014 at 4:32 pm |

    Both Gehrig and Catfish Hunter had ALS.

  • brinke | August 12, 2014 at 5:33 pm |

    On a musical note, one of the greatest bass players ever, Mike Porcaro (Toto, A-list session player) has ALS. Totally sad.

    On another note, LEVI’S decided to take down the Levi’s Stadium shirt I wanted to buy- all they have are denim jackets, which I am not into. I wrote Levi’s support- and guess what. They said “Good news! This product is available!” and sent me a link to HOMEMADE SHIRTS ON REDBUBBLE.

  • Chuck | August 12, 2014 at 7:19 pm |

    Can you please show the link for the Cleveland Indians TBTC survey for 2015?

  • Will S | August 12, 2014 at 7:24 pm |

    Re: Portland Buckaroos logo

    Portland Winterhawks have had at least a couple throwbacks with that logo.

    http://www.sportslog...

    Scott Petterson of this site owns the trademark on the logo
    http://www.portlandb...

    A company called Buckaroo Thermoseal Inc. appears to have used the logo
    http://www.kudzu.com...

  • Derek | August 13, 2014 at 1:36 am |

    I’m a S.F. Bay Area native, and pretty much a lifelong San Francisco Giants fan, and I really couldn’t care less about a giveaway for an item that has little to do with the team before they arrived here (i.e. ’54 New York Giants World Series Replica Ring). The best giveaway so far this season is clearly the Hunter Pence Bobblehead.

    Ref: http://wapc.mlb.com/...

  • Dave Murphy | August 14, 2014 at 7:27 pm |

    Loved this column idea the first time, and love it again. But attention to detail? The night we attended the Hank Aaron bobblehead night my friend Rob spotted the mistake: while the Braves caps had royal bills, the batting helmets had white bills.