Per the Rays Communication department, The Tampa Bay Rays 2014 promotion schedule will feature premium giveaway items on 18 Saturdays and Sundays throughout the season.
In its "Franchise Issue" last September, ESPN the Magazine wrote: "No one did giveaways better than Tampa Bay (in 2013). Action figures! Garden gnomes! Utility belts! The Rays send fans home with more free goods than just about anyone."
Wil Myers checks out his ROY Bobblehead, picture courtesy of Rays Communications Department.
The Rays 2014 schedule is again filled with unique treasures, all on weekend dates. Included this year are the Wil Myers Rookie of the Year Bobblehead (April 5 vs. Rangers), DJ Kitty Plush Hat (May 10 vs. Indians), Chris Archer Christmas Stocking (July 27 vs. Red Sox), Joe Maddon Mr. Potato Head (August 2 vs. Angels) and Evan Longoria '80s Hair Band Drummer Bobblehead (September 6 vs. Orioles).
Sundays will once again be Family Fun Days presented by the Tampa Bay Times, and every Sunday home game will feature free parking for cars with four or more passengers and bring back the variety of postgame activities for kids -- including Kids Run the Bases and a DJ Kitty Dance Party. (looking at you, SRQman89)
Kids promotional items on Sundays include a Desmond Jennings Baseball Buddy (April 6 vs. Rangers), Ben Zobrist Wiffle Ball Set (June 22 vs. Astros), Yunel Escobar Basketball Hoop (July 13 vs. Blue Jays) and Matt Moore Kids Plate and Cup Set (August 31 vs. Red Sox).
On Mother's Day (May 11 vs. Indians), the first 10,000 women will receive a Rays Sun Hat and to celebrate Father's Day early (June 8 vs. Mariners) the first 10,000 men will receive a James Loney Grill Set.
Picture via Raysbaseball.com
The Rays will also bring back the popular Tampa Bay Times Ticket Tandem program from last season. Ticket Tandem items include an Alex Cobb Military Bobblehead (May 23 vs. Red Sox), Don Zimmer Snowglobe (July 25 vs. Red Sox), Joe Maddon Wine Glasses (August 1 vs. Angels) and Raymond Gnome (August 29 vs. Red Sox).
Regular season single-game tickets will go on sale on March 1 exclusively through raysbaseball.com. However, the Rays are offering a new Flex Pack which allows buyers to select their games now. Flex Packs are available in three-, six-, or nine-game packs, which offer savings over 50 percent off regular price.
In addition to substantial savings, Flex Packs also offer fans the flexibility to select the games they want to attend and special rewards throughout the season. Introductory pricing starts at $49. Flex Packs and are on sale now through raysbaseball.com. I don't know why anyone wouldn't jump on this immediately.
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