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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

When to go to an Appalachian League Game

The Appalachian League starts up this Friday and I've combed through the goodies list to see when you should go to have a unique experience and/or get swag. The list doesn't include all the days that each and every park seems to clone like military appreciation days or Christmases in July or cheapie food nights. The most likely to draw me have been highlighted in yellow. I've also included a grade for each team beside the team's name which is completely subjective and colored by which of these events which actually draw me to the park. However, you must understand that this is not a comment upon which teams I think are most worth going to see. If this year tracks like previous ones, I will go to see more games at Kingsport, Bristol, and Elizabethton - at least two of which got poor grades.

The Elizabethton Twins (B)

09 July - Free Admission and a cow milking competition between the teams
      Free admission and a cow milking competition. It doesn't get any better than this. Last year, this
     was the most unique and fun event I saw in the 50 games I went to.
20 July - Moonwalk to the ticket booth and get a ticket for $1
09 August - Elvis Night

Bristol Pirates  (D-)

29 July -  Scouts get to camp out overnight in the outfield
01 August - Free Admission for Police/Firemen/EMT's

Johnson City Cardinals  (A-)

09 July - Wagon Wheels night - They will wear shirts having a wagon wheel logo
06 August - Alex Reyes Bobblehead
21 August - Golf Night?
25 August - "Bro Tanks" night (more colloquially known as "wife beaters")
26 August - Scouts camp at the ballpark

Greeneville Astros  (A-)

25 June - Replica 2015 Championship Banner giveaway
16 July - Free Umbrella & baseball clinic for kids
23 July - Cesar Cedeno bobblehead
06 August - Replica 2015 Championship ring giveaway & beer festival (extra money to enter)

 Kingsport Mets (C-)  (D)

05 August - Darryl Strawberry bobblehead

Bluefield Blue Jays  (F-)

NOTHING - NADA - Not a single promotion listed

Princeton Rays  (B+)

30 June - 20th Anniversary Pennant
08 July - Travel mug giveaway
16 July - Throwback t-shirt giveaway
28 July - T-shirt giveaway
09 August - Baseball cap giveaway
19 August - Backpack giveaway

Pulaski Yankees  (D-)

17 July - Superhero Cape first 100 kids
04 August - Beer Mug first 100 guys
05 August - Margaretta glass first 100 women

Danville Braves  (C)

15 July - T-shirt giveaway
22 July - Foam tomahawk giveaway
19 August - Cooler Bag giveaway

Burlington Royals  (C)

23 June - T-shirt giveaway (opening day)
25 June - T-shirt giveaway
Every Home Game Tuesday - T-shirt giveaway
13 August - Rally Towel giveaway

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