In 2012 the Orioles Legends Celebration and the 20th Anniversary of OPaCY served as ample inspiration for promotional giveaways and discounts for Orioles fans (even if the throwback pricing came a bit late in the year), the Orioles 2013 promotional schedule leaves much to be desired. That particular topic has been covered in detail elsewhere, so here I'll look at the promotions offered by the local MiLB affiliates of the parent club (note that as of this post, no promotional events have been released for the short-season Aberdeen IronBirds).
Duck's local MiLB affiliate is currently wrapping up it's "30 Days of Opening Day" promotion that began on March 5th and ends on April 5th. Fans were encouraged to Instagram, Tweet, Facebook and otherwise show off their Shorebirds pride for a chance to win tickets, apparel and other prizes. Retruning promotions include Thirsty Thursday and Big Beer Friday, among other family-friendly events.
The Carolina League High-A afilliate of the Birds will be giving away three bobbleheads (hear that, Warehouse!?) and Frederick Keys-themed Rubber Ducks in additon to an appearance by Sgt. Slughter. Oh and fireworks, lots and lots of fireworks.
Highlights: Saturday May 11th, Manny Machado Bobblehead (first 1,000 fans), Friday June 21st, Sgt. Slaughter appearance, Saturday July 13th, Dylan Bundy Bobblehead (first 1,000 fans), Friday August 23rd, Tim Kurkjian Bobblehead (first 1,000 fans).
The Orioles' AA afilliate will also feature plenty of fireworks and kid-friendly activities, but I'm excited for one thing and one thing only: Beer. Dinners. What are beer dinners?
Each month of the season also features a beer dinner in the climate-controlled Diamond View Restaurant. Tickets include a two-hour all-you-can-eat buffet and three hour open bar.
Highlights: Friday April 12th, Dylan Bundy/Kevin Gausman poster (first 500 fans age 3 and older), Friday May 24th, Mystery bobblehead (first 500 fans age 6 and older), Thursday July 11th, Justin Tucker bobblehead/leg (first 750 fans age 13 and over), Monday July 22nd, Jim Johnson bobblehead (first 500 fans age 13 and over), Sunday August 18th, Manny Machado Garden Gnome (first 1,000 fans age 13 and over).