Things to celebrate about the 2020 Orioles will probably be few and far between as the season rolls along. Fortunately for the giveaway planners on the Orioles, this year marks two big anniversaries for the franchise to be commemorated: the 50th anniversary of the 1970 World Series-winning team, and the 25th anniversary of Cal Ripken Jr.’s 2,131st consecutive game.
The 1970 championship gets a World Series tote bag for the first 20,000 fans 15 and over on Saturday, April 25 against the Blue Jays, in addition to a Brooks Robinson replica jersey on Saturday, August 8 against the Nationals. Two other 1970 O’s legends have bobblehead giveaways this year, with a Jim Palmer bobblehead giveaway set for May 30 against the Blue Jays and a Boog Powell bobblehead on August 22 against the Red Sox.
Cal’s 25th anniversary of 2,131 also gets a bobblehead giveaway. That September 6 game will be played against the Yankees. Maybe the O’s will be able to channel the magic that flowed when they played New York on that same night in 2012.
The Oriole Bird gets a bobblehead giveaway this year as well, in celebration of his induction into the Mascot Hall of Fame. That one goes out to the first 20,000 fans 15 or over on Saturday, June 20 against the Rays.
Other anniversaries being celebrated at Camden Yards this season will be the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues and the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote. The O’s will give out a Baltimore Elite Giants replica cap to the first 15,000 fans 15 and over on Saturday, May 9 against the Angels. Women’s suffrage does not receive a giveaway in the initial announcement.
As they have done in recent years, the Orioles have concentrated the giveaways heavily on weekend games, when they charge more for tickets. Perhaps they’ll be able to get through this year’s giveaways without a major screwup for one of the season’s most expensive games to attend, like what happened last year with the sizing of the Hawaiian shirt giveaway.
The Hawaiian shirt is back for another round in 2020, also being given away on a Saturday. You’ll have to be among the first 20,000 fans 15 and over on July 18 against the Rays to get this year’s shirt. Another old standby, the floppy hat, is also being given out against the Rays - that one goes to the first 20,000 fans 21 and over (since it’s sponsored by a beer brand) on Friday, June 19.
One new giveaway that sounds like it could turn out to be a cool one is an Orioles soccer jersey giveaway, set for the first 20,000 fans 15 and over who choose to attend the 2021 #1 Pick Tanking Derby between the Orioles and Tigers on Saturday, June 27.
Similar to recent summers, Friday home games in June, July, and August will feature post-game fireworks shows, with live country music to be endured before the fireworks begin. Saturday Roof Deck Sessions, featuring performances from what the team describes as “local artists and national acts” run before games from June through August as well.
New on the schedule this year are two post-game concerts, on July 18 and September 13. The Orioles have not announced any of the acts for any of these music dates. If those post-game concerts are a couple of musicians or groups that people might want to see, that would be a nice new addition.
Not announced along with the giveaway schedule are any theme nights for the 2020 season. These were announced along with last year’s giveaways, but I don’t know if that means there will be nothing like Star Wars night or A League Of Their Own movie night or if they’ll be announcing those sorts of things separately.
You can find the full schedule of 2020 giveaways on the Orioles website. As yet, there are not any designs released for any of the items. Single game tickets go on sale to the general public on February 6 at 10am Eastern. I don’t think any of them are in danger of selling out quickly, giveaways or not.
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