July 1, 2014
June 25, 2014
On Monday night the Phillies gave away a Jimmy Rollins print commemorating his breaking the team all-time hits record and passing Mike Schmidt. Its great that they called an-in season audible to add this print to the schedule, but I would've done this and more if it were my choice. Of course I can't just be happy with whatever the Phillies come up with; it's just my nature. I like more creative, thought-out giveaways with a smidgen more effort.
If the Phillies had to settle with the print, why not add a minor twist? How about having Jimmy Rollins sign 11 or 20 or 50 and randomly give them out at the gates? Or designing the poster to feature just Rollins and Schmidt and having them both sign 25 or 50 and to give out randomly? I mean, they knew this moment was going to happen this season. It's not like Rollins suddenly approached the Phillies hit record and they had no time.
In my opinion, they should've done a bobblehead, of course. That's a serious no-brainer. The Baltimore Orioles concluded a fan-vote bobblehead contest in mid-May that will be released on 9/21 – about a four-month turnaround. If the Phillies had their bobblehead producer, BD&A, prepare a new mold for a Rollins bobblehead to be ready to go on June 16, all they would have to do is tell them to put Rollins in the Sunday day-game uniform and start production. They could've added the giveaway on 9/28, fan appreciation day, and that would've put them at about three and a half months for production. Clearly doable.
My last opinion on this topic: since the bobblehead giveaway was a no-go, it would still be great for the Phillies to get a Rollins stadium exclusive bobblehead in the works. This could actually happen, but at the rate the Phillies are selling Phanatic of the Month bobbles it's highly unlikely. At this point they should be able to build an addition to CBP out of all the extra POTMs they have sitting around.
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June 24, 2014
Well, the Phillies are finally taking the plunge into a theme night that's been a hit around MLB for years, STAR WARS Night! I think it's a good idea, and with the Phillies unable to print money like in years past we should finally start to see some better promotions. In case you were wondering, of course I have some type of problem with this promotion. If you don't know by now, the Phillies can never do anything right in terms of SGAs in my mind (sorry, it's the truth).
So with every STAR WARS Night promotion done around baseball over the years, each team has given the first 1000 fans or so a gift for purchasing tickets specifically for SWN. Many teams do shirts, hats, and of course bobbleheads. Some of the bobbleheads are very creative and beloved by fans. Last year the Mets gave out a "Master Met" bobblehead, which was Mr.Met dressed up like a Jedi. The Giants did a Buster Posey Clone Trooper bobblehead with removable mask, another solid idea. This season the Marlins are giving away a "Jedi Billy" bobblehead which of course is their mascot Billy the Marlin dressed as a Jedi. All of these are very cool.
So, what are you thinking for the Phillies?! Master Utley, Jedi JRoll, Darth Phanatic, Palpatine-bon? No? Oh, I see. It's a baseball figurine that looks like the Death Star. Awesome. Of all the SWN gifts I've seen, the Death Star Baseball, which was done by the Giants already, ranks somewhere toward the bottom, just above hats and t-shirts. It's ok, and yes I bought tickets for this game (so who's the sucker? this guy!) but c'mon. You have an opportunity to knock a theme night giveaway out of the park and you give us a generic Death Star Baseball that's already been done by another team? Clearly The Force wasn't with the Phils on this one.
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STAR WARS Night gifts from around MLB for this year and years past:
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2014 Sixers Secondary Logo (Left) - 2002 Logo from All-Star Game Bobblehead (Right)
June 23, 2014
Earlier today a bunch of new NBA secondary logos leaked, and the 76ers were included in the mix. The logo leak was the top trend in Philadelphia on Twitter, with most opinions looking very positive. I'm in the camp that feels this is definitely a good move and hope that it gets incorporated more in the future.
The Ben Franklin imagery shouldn't come as a surprise. When the Sixers axed Hip-Hop years ago they held a horrible mascot contest and one of the finalists was a Franklin-esque character, but in the end the Sixers pretended that the contest never took place. The mascot debacle, which I wrote about last year, is one of the most bungled situations in Sixers history. In case you're wondering, it's been 944 days since the Sixers gave Hip-Hop his pink slip. Then in January the Sixers quietly started a mascot race that included Betsy Ross, a cracked Liberty Bell, and Ben Franklin.
The "new" logo also isn't really new. In 2002, when the Sixers hosted the NBA All-Star Game, they had a special edition Ben Franklin bobblehead made. On the back of the packaging, you can see the original dribbling Ben Franklin logo. They also used the logo on other merchandise during All-Star Weekend. The new logo has just a few minor tweaks including a 76ers logo added to Franklin's jacket. Overall I'm happy with the new development and I hope its a sign of things to come. Like maybe some giveaways!
UPDATE: @JasonChadWolf on Twitter is reporting that a Sixers source has told him that the Ben Franklin logo will not be used but was something they explored. When the Sixers heard that fans LIKED the new secondary logo they immediately axed the idea and will never mention Ben Franklin again. Ever.
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Sixers Logo Sheet courtesy of @RealGM on Twitter
Ben Franklin Photo courtesy of SportsExclusives on eBay
June 4, 2014
In 1981, coming off a World Series Championship win, the Phillies gave fans a replica ring that looked similar to the ones given to members of the team. As far as I can tell, it was the first giveaway of its kind. Thirty years later, with new technology available, other teams have started giving out replica rings that look even more like the real thing and are of a higher quality than rings of the past.
The Phillies have a short history of replica rings, and it's not pretty. To start, you have the aforementioned 1980 World Series Champions ring. Then in 1994 the Phillies gave all kids 14 and under a 1993 NL Champions replica ring keychain. It was good idea and looks ok for the time in which it was given, but it was still only for kids so not many were actually distributed. You can find one on eBay every few months, but they're definitely not common. The last ring SGA the Phillies did was 4/21/2009 when all fans received a 2008 World Series Champions ring keychain. This giveaway, to be frank, is crappy for a few reasons. First, it's very small and looks nothing like the actual ring. The Lehigh Valley IronPigs gave away a better World Series replica ring than the Phillies. Second, the ring was sponsored by McDonald's and has the McDonald's emblem where a player's name would be.
In 2011, the Fresno Grizzlies, the Giants AAA affiliate, started what now seems to be a trend in SGAs around MLB: on 4/19/2011 they gave away a replica World Series ring that actually looked like the real thing. Since that giveaway, the next three World Series winners each have given away replica rings that are very similar to the actual article. The St. Louis Cardinals and the Giants have taken ring SGAs to new level in 2014. On 4/26 the Giants gave away a 1954 World Series replica ring and on 5/26 the Cardinals gave away a 1964 World Series replica ring. It's no secret that the Giants and Cardinals are two of the best when it comes to promotions, and with them giving away rings from past World Series victories, this could be a trend in MLB SGAs in the coming years.
For those not wanting to wait for the Phillies to start giving away replica rings, which may never come to pass due to the Phillies' tendency to give out the same SGAs year after year, you can go to eBay and find some nice replicas. It seems as though the makers of the recent SGA rings have started selling replica rings to the public. They're all based in China and they've gotten some good feedback for their quality.
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June 2, 2014
I recently picked up a Phillie Phanatic Birthday invitation that is very unique, and I was surprised and disappointed at the same time. First, I'm surprised that the Phillies joined forces with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the Phillie Phanatic's Birthday in 1991. Second, I'm rather disappointed in my parents for not knowing this and taking me to this awesome early 90s celebration! Like many kids who grew up in the the late 80s early 90s, I was huge TMNT fan and a Phillies fan, so this would've been one of the cooler games to go to as a kid. Along with seeing the TMNT, all kids in attendance that day also received a neon Phillie Phanatic cap. Suffice it to say I'm not talking to my parents till Thanksgiving.
Full invitation and cap from the game:
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May 29, 2014
Two of Philadelphia's top pro athletes will have their first McFarlane sports figures released this winter: the 76ers' Michael Carter Williams in November and the Eagles' Nick Foles in December. Both players will also have McFarlane Collector's Level variants, with MCW getting a red jersey variant (limited to 50-100) and Nick Foles in the Eagles' all-white uniform (limited to 500-1000).
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