Popfly Culture Goes To The Movies

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With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 opening this Friday, the summer movie season starts with a bang. Naturally the marketing teams behind our favorite boys of summer look to combine our shared love of movies and baseball into some fun, and in some cases unusual, promo nights. Naturally, the biggest example of the would be Star Wars Night, which basically every team has in one form or another. The good folks over at Stadium Giveaways have listed the larger Star Wars events throughout the country, so I’ve omitted them from my list. Let’s look at some of the more popular movies being celebrated at a ballpark near you!

Marvel

With Marvel movies being the undisputed king of the superhero box office, it’s no surprise that there’s a spillover into baseball. Rocket Raccoon is a popular choice this year, with bobbleheads being given away in Cincinnati, Minnesota, and San Francisco in the majors, as well as Indianapolis in the International League. Popular Avengers characters Thor, Captain America and Iron Man bobbleheads will also given out in multiple locations as well, but I’m still holding out for a Hawkeye.

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Harry Potter

Star Wars may be the top promo night in baseball, but Harry Potter is definitely next in line. There are at least 31 different Harry Potter nights planned across baseball this summer. Typical giveaways include scarfs, socks, etc, but as usual, the Erie Seawolves went above and beyond, taking home the Tri-Wizards Cup with their bobblehead giveaway of mascot C. Wolf partaking in a little game of Quidditch.

Quidditch C. Wolf Bobblehead Giveaway

A League of Their Own 25th Anniversary

Hard to believe it’s been 25 years since we first learned that there was no crying in baseball. The Rockford Peaches and the rest of the ladies of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League will be honor throughout MiLB with commemorative jerseys, celebrity appearances and more. One of my favorites, the Akron RubberDucks plow through the competition, just like Kit on the final play of the movie, with a Marla Hooch bobblehead, and an appearance by the slugger herself.

Marla Hooch Bobblehead Giveaway

Titanic

This one surprised me a bit. And made me feel old. Yes, this year marks the 20th Anniversary of everyone’s favorite doomed vessel turned Hollywood blockbuster. The top promotion has to be with the newly christened New Orleans Baby Cakes, who are giving away 1000 replicas of the Heart of the Ocean. Whether or not any of these get dropped into Gulf of Mexico after the game remains to be seen.

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Honorable Mentions

Some of the other great giveaways honoring movies this season include a Nutzy Replica Oscar (Richmond Flying Squirrels), a streaking Will Ferrell bobblehead (Lake Elsinore Storm), a Cousin Eddie inspired hat (Wisconsin Timber Rattlers), and my personal favorite, a Leg Lamp Bobble Giveaway (Lakewood BlueClaws).

Leg Lamp Bobble and A BlueClaws Christmas Story Night

 

Check out the full list below for promotions by league:

MLB

April 21-23 – Cincinnati Reds – Rocket Raccoon Bobblehead (Special Ticket Package)

April 24 – San Francisco Giants – Rocket Raccoon Bobblehead (Special Ticket Package)

May 6 – Minnesota Twins – Rocket Raccoon Bobblehead

June 2-4 – Cincinnati Reds – Iron Man Bobblehead (Special Ticket Package)

June 3 – Milwaukee Brewers – Iron Man Bobblehead (Special Ticket Package)

June 16 – Minnesota Twins – Purple Rain Umbrella

July 8 – Colorado Rockies – Iron Man Bobblehead

July 22 – New York Mets – Noah Syndergaard Thor Bobblehead

July 22 – Los Angeles Dodgers – Movie Night

August 5 – Tampa Bay Rays – Iron Man Bobblehead

September 1 – San Francisco Giants – Star Trek T-Shirt (Special Ticket Package)

September 15 – San Francisco Giants – Thor Bobblehead (Special Ticket Package)

September 23 – Milwaukee Brewers – Saturday Night Fever Bill Schroeder Disco Pose Bobblehead

MiLB

International League

May 13 – Indianapolis Indians – Rocket Raccoon Bobblehead/Guardians of the Galaxy Night

May 28 – Toledo Mud Hens – Celebtrity Sunday – TMNT

June 3 – Indianapolis Indians – Superman & Wonder Woman Cape Giveaway

June 10/11 – Indianapolis Indians – TMNT Backpack

June 11 – Rochester Red Wings – Field of Dreams’ Dwier Brown Appearance

June 16 – Buffalo Bisons – Bull Durham Night

June 23 – Columbus Clippers – A League of Their Own Night with appearance by “Marla Hooch” Megan Cavanagh

June 24 – Rochester Red Wings – Batman Night

July 1 – Indianapolis Indians – Captain America Bobblehead

July 2 – Toledo Mud Hens – Celebrity Sunday – Captain America

July 7 – Rochester Red Wings – Bull Durham Night with Ron Shelton Bobblehead

July 8 – Rochester Red Wings – Slap Shot 40th Anniversary Night

July 14 – Toledo Mud Hens – Harry Potter Night

July 29 – Indianapolis Indians – Thor Bobblehead

August 12 – Indianapolis Indians – Batman and Robin Cape Giveaway

August 18 – Scranton-Wilkes Barre Rail Riders – Clint Frazer Human Torch Bobblehead

August 26 – Pawtucket Red Rox – Minions Night

Pacific Coast League

April 25 – El Paso Chihuahuas – 20th Anniversary of Men In Black Night

April 30 – Nashville Sounds – Harry Potter Scarf Giveaway

May 26 – Albuquerque Isotopes – Harry Potter Night

June 18 – Colorado Springs Sky Sox – Field of Dreams’ Dwier Brown Appearance

July 22 – Fresno Grizzlies – Power Rangers Night

July 7 – New Orleans Baby Cakes – Tribute to Titanic Night – Heart of the Ocean Giveaway

July 31 – Round Rock Express – Harry Potter Night

August 4 – Omaha Storm Chasers – Harry Potter Night

August 5 – New Orleans Baby Cakes – Harry Potter Night

August 5 – Reno Aces – Kingpin Night

August 12 – Colorado Springs Sky Sox – Harry Potter Night

August 17 – El Paso Chihuahuas – A League of Their Own Night

August 18 – New Orleans Baby Cakes – Wayne’s World Night

August 22 – Nashville Sounds – A League of Their Own Night

Eastern League

April 11 – Akron RubberDucks – Cult Movie Classics featuring Titanic

April 25 – Akron RubberDucks – Cult Movie Classics featuring Mean Girls

April 28 – Bowie Baysox – Purple Rain Night

May 2 – Trenton Thunder – Harry Potter Night

May 9 – Akron RubberDucks – Cult Movie Classics featuring Casablanca

May 13 – Binghamton Rumble Ponies – Angels In The Outfield Night

May 20 – Bowie Baysox – A League of Their Own 25th Anniversary Celebration

June 2 – Bowie Baysox – Aladdin 25th Anniversary Celebration

June 3 – Akron RubberDucks – A League of Their Own Night with Marla Hooch Bobblehead/Megan Cavanagh appearance

June 13 – Akron RubberDucks – Cult Movie Classics featuring Ghostbusters

June 18 – Binghamton Rumble Ponies – A Salute to Minions Night

June 27 – Akron RubberDucks – Cult Movie Classics featuring Austin Powers

June 30 – Binghamton Rumble Ponies – Nightmare Before Christmas Night

July 1 – Akron RubberDucks – Dirty Dancing Night

July 6 – Portland Sea Dogs – A League of Their Own Night

July 7 – Binghamton Rumble Ponies – A Night in the Twilight Zone

July 7 – Bowie Baysox – Wayne’s World 25th Anniversary Celebration

July 8 – Akron RubberDucks – Major League Night with Lou Brown Bobble ‘Stache

July 9 – Bowie Baysox – BatManny Bobblehead

July 16 – Altoona Curve – Movie Scores Fireworks Night

July 18 – Portland Sea Dogs – Harry Potter Night

July 25 – Akron RubberDucks – Cult Movie Classics featuring Wayne’s World

July 29 – Bowie Baysox – Harry Potter Night

July 30 – – Binghamton Rumble Ponies – Happy Birthday Harry Potter Day

August 1 – Akron RubberDucks – Cult Movie Classics featuring Rocky

August 2 – Altoona Curve – Harry Potter Night

August 4 – Erie SeaWolves – Harry Potter C. Wolf Quiddich Bobblehead

August 6 – New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Harry Potter Scarf Tee

August 8 – Akron RubberDucks – Cult Movie Classics featuring Spaceballs

August 13 – Richmond Flying Squirrels – Tribute to Hollywood and Warren Beatty Night – Nutzy Oscar Giveaway

August 18 – Binghamton Rumble Ponies – A League of Own Night

August 22 – Akron RubberDucks – Cult Movie Classics featuring James Bond

September 2 – Akron RubberDucks – Naked Gun Night with – Enrico Palazzo Bobblehead

September 3 – Akron RubberDucks – Potterfest!

September 3 – Portland Sea Dogs – Field of Dreams/Fan Appreciation Night

Southern League

April 19 – Pensacola Blue Wahoos – Titanic 20th Cinema Anniversary

May 28 – Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp – Ninja Turtles Day

June 10 – Montgomery Biscuits – Harry Potter Night

August 8 – Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp – Silent Movie Night (Shhhh…)

Texas League

April 21 – Frisco RoughRiders – Tribute to Grease with Didi Conn appearance

California League

May 12 – Lake Elsinore Storm – Harry Potter Night

May 20 – Stockton Ports – A Tribute to Netflix Fireworks

June 2 – Inland Empire 66ers – Transformers Night

June 16 – San Jose Giants – Harry Potter Night

June 23 – Inland Empire 66ers – Harry Potter Night and Socks Giveaway

July 7 – San Jose Giants – TMNT Night

July 21 – Inland Empire 66ers – Despicable Me Night

August 17 – Lake Elsinore Storm – Streaking Will Ferrell Bobblehead

Carolina League

April 7 – Frederick Keys – Power Rangers Night

April 28 – Salem Red Sox – Power Rangers Night

May 7 – Potomac Nationals – Harry Potter Day

May 26 – Carolina Mudcats – Harry Potter Night

June 23 – Potomac Nationals – League of Their Own 25th Anniversary

June 26 – Myrtle Beach Pelicans – Minion Monday

July 1 – Frederick Keys – Caddyshack Night

July 9 – Frederick Keys – Spider Manny Machado Bobblehead

July 22 – Potomac Nationals – Mighty Ducks 25th Anniversary – Lester Averman Bobblehead

July 26 – Lynchburg Hillcats – Karate Kid Night

July 30 – Lynchburg Hillcats – Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Night

August 17 – Lynchburg Hillcats – Transformers Night

August 19 – Lynchburg Hillcats – Power Rangers Night

Florida State League

June 10 – Fort Myers Miracle – Slapshot’s Hanson Brothers Appearance

June 24 – Tampa Yankees – A League of Their Own Tribute Night

Midwest League

May 5 – Cedar Rapids Kernels – Guardians of the Galaxy Theme Night and T-Shirt Giveaway

May 12 – Lake County Captains – Men In Black Night

June 10 – Wisconsin Timber Rattlers – Wonder Woman and Batman Appearance

June 10 – Wisconsin Timber Rattlers – Harry Potter Night with Scarf Giveaway

June 16 – Cedar Rapids Kernels – Cars 3 Theme Night and T-Shirt Giveaway

June 30 – Lake County Captains – Power Rangers Night

July 12 – West Michigan Whitecaps – Minion Night

July 13 – West Michigan Whitecaps – Sandlot Night with Tommy “Repeat” Timmons Appearance

July 20 – Wisconsin Timber Rattlers – Christmas Vacation in July with Cousin Eddie Hat Giveaway

July 21 – Wisconsin Timber Rattlers – Spiderman appearance

July 22 – Cedar Rapids Kernels – Harry Potter Night with Time Turner Giveaway

August 6 – Lake County Captains – Harry Potter Night

August 19 – Lansing Lugnuts – Harry Potter Night with Golden Snitch Baseball Giveaway

August 19 – Peoria Chiefs – Harry Potter Night with Homer Wizard Gnome Giveaway

August 26 – West Michigan Whitecaps – Harry Potter Night

August 26 – West Michigan Whitecaps – TMNT Night

South Atlantic League

April 8 – Kannapolis Intimidators – Hollywood Night with Movie Themed Fireworks

May 26 – Lakewood BlueClaws – Harry Potter Night with Mug Giveaway

June 3 – Hagerstown Suns – Harry Potter Night/Scarf Giveaway

June 9 – Hickory Crawdads – A League of Their Own: 25th Anniversary

June 10 – Hickory Crawdads – Power Rangers Night

June 17 – Lakewood BlueClaws – A BlueClaws Christmas Story – Leg Lamp Bobble Giveaway

July 20 – Hickory Crawdads – Mighty Ducks 25th Anniversary

September 1 – Hickory Crawdads – Space Jam Night

Northwest League*

June 28 – Eugene Emeralds – Minions Night

July 5 – Eugene Emeralds – Harry Potter Night

July 29 – Eugene Emeralds – Guardians of the Galaxy Night

NY/Penn League*

June 29 – State College Spikes – Minion Night

July 1 – Staten Island Yankees – League of Their Own Inspired Jerseys

July 2 – Brooklyn Cyclones – Captain America Bobblehead

July 19 – Brooklyn Cyclones – Shooter McGavin Appearance and Bobblehead

August 2 – Brooklyn Cyclones – “Squints” Appearance and Bobblehead

August 6 – Brooklyn Cyclones – Thor Bobblehead

August 7 – Tri-City ValleyCats – Harry Potter Night

*Keep in mind the Class-A Short Seasons don’t begin until June, so not all teams have their Promo Schedules up yet*

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