MLB giveaways: Novelty notables
■ 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.
■ 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.
■ 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.
■ 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.
■ 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.