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Volume 23 No. 29
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MLB giveaways: Novelty notables

In recognition of 13 years of tracking game-day giveaways, here are 13 events that stood out last season.

■ The Philadelphia Phillies offered a “Peanuts” special ticket package on the same night they were promoting a separate ticket for people who had peanut allergies. Fans who bought the comic strip-themed package received a “Snoopy” bobblehead.

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■ The Colorado Rockies’ “Chewbacca beverage wrap” is the furriest koozie ever. 

 Mike Trout can crush a ball. Now, thanks to a Los Angeles Angels “Trout Nutcracker” giveaway, he can, well, you get it.

 The Texas Rangers’ Adrian Beltre was the subject of a pair of giveaways. In 2017 the Fort Worth Zoo named a newborn giraffe after the slugger, so last season it sponsored a “Beltre the Giraffe” bobblehead. The now-retired player also was the inspiration for the 2,000 Sandlot-themed Slimeballs handed out by the team.

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 As part of their seasonlong 50th anniversary celebration, the Kansas City Royals gave away 20,000 “George Brett pine tar” bobbleheads. Of course, the New York Yankees were the opponent.

 The Chicago White Sox gave away “adult onesie” pajamas. Appropriately, it was a night game, and the home team sleepwalked through a one-run performance.

■ The San Francisco Giants offered two of the coolest “Star Wars” items — on the same night. A limited number of fans could buy a package that included a Star Wars “Cantina Rubber Match Statuette.” For an additional charge, VIPs also received a “Millennium Falcon” bobble item.

■ The Los Angeles Dodgers gave away a co-branded Overwatch League T-shirt. The team’s former owner, Frank McCourt, who’s rocky tenure in baseball ended in 2012, has a stake in the esports league.

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■ The Detroit Tigers gave away more than 1,000 red-and-black flannel Tigers caps during two special-ticket “Yooper Nights,” in honor of fans from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

■ Two of the three clubs that hosted a WWE-themed night saw a boost in attendance: the Philadelphia Phillies (up 39 percent compared to the same night of the week) and the Boston Red Sox (up 6 percent). The Baltimore Orioles’ mid-September offering, one night after setting the franchise record for losses, was down 31 percent.

■ The Phillies’ 10th annual German Heritage Celebration included German food, entertainment and a lederhosen giveaway.

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■ The Washington Nationals not only hosted the most Bark at the Park ticket packages (six), they were the only club to offer a “Cat-urday” special ticket. The 2,000-ticket, people-only event sold out.

■ 40,000 Dodger Stadium fans received the team’s first-ever “Star Wars” bobblehead, featuring All-Star closer Kenley Jansen as Lando Calrissian, which was followed by postgame Star Wars-themed fireworks.