Blue Crabs To Offer More Appearances, Giveaways, And Experiences Than Ever Before
For the 5th Anniversary Season of Southern Maryland Blue Crabs baseball, the team has made a huge effort to provide many more promotions, giveaways, and appearances than ever before!
“This season won't be like any other in the history of our franchise. Our front office has worked incredibly hard to put together a promotional schedule that not only blankets our schedule with additional value, but provides some really unique experiences that you aren’t going to get anywhere else,” said Blue Crabs Assistant General Manager Brian Radle. "We really think our fans in Southern Maryland are going to feel great about what’s in store for the 5th Anniversary Season in 2012.”
#1. Opening Night, Washington Nationals “Racing Presidents” Appearance, Schedule Magnet Giveaway, Post-Game Fireworks, $5 off field box tickets for all Military: It’s the biggest game of the year, and our 5th Anniversary Season Opening Night presented by Wawa will be one of the best ever! The Tide Is Rising on Thursday, April 26th as we kick off the 2012 season with everything from a pre-game concert, a special appearance for the first pitch, an awesome pre-game ceremony, an appearance from the Washington Nationals “Racing Presidents”, a schedule magnet giveaway to the first 1,000 fans compliments of Community Bank of Tri-County, Payday Thursday presented by Washington Savings Bank, to $5 off field box tickets for all Military, and a post-game Fireworks show presented by Wawa. It’s the hottest ticket in town, so make sure you have yours now or when tickets go on sale Saturday, April 14th at Fan Fest!
#2. Cowboy Monkeys Appearance, Wings & Beer Thursday, Payday Thursday, $5 off field box tickets for all Military: In one of the most anticipated games of the year, the infamous Cowboy Monkeys will be appearing at Regency Furniture Stadium thanks to our friends at SAIC. What are the Cowboy Monkeys you ask?? They are professional capuchin monkeys wearing cowboy outfits, riding border collies, and they round up goats in the outfield! It’s pretty awesome, and tickets start at just $6! It’s also one of our Wings & Beer Thursdays presented by Foster’s Grill featuring all you can eat wings and beer from 6:30 pm – 8 pm in the Legends Club for just $25. It’s also Payday Thursday presented by Washington Savings Bank where the first 100 fans will receive an envelope with cash, one of them being $100. In addition, all Military will receive $5 off field box tickets for this and every Thursday home game. Giddy Up!!!
#3. “Ballads with Belding” featuring Saved By The Bell’s Dennis Haskins, Educator Appreciation Night: On Wednesday, June 27th all the teachers in Southern Maryland will be Saved By The Bell! Everybody’s favorite principal, “Mr. Belding” will be coming to Regency Furniture Stadium and fans will be saying “HEY, HEY, HEY, HEY, HEY what is going here?” when they find out what we have in store! The Legends Club will be turning into The Max for “Ballads with Belding” where fans will be able to sing karaoke with Mr. Belding during the game! It’s also Educator Appreciation Night, and we want to take care of our teachers with a complimentary ticket to the game for all those in the St. Mary’s, Calvert, and Charles County School Districts.
#4. “Papa” Pinch Garden Gnome Giveaway, Wings & Beer Thursday, Payday Thursday, $5 off field box tickets for all Military: So Bobbleheads have been done in many shapes, forms and sizes for a long time in minor league baseball. This year, we’ve decided to start a different tradition with celebrating the best mascot in the Atlantic League – a Garden Gnome! This will be one of the best and most unconventional giveaways of the year so make sure you have your tickets for Thursday, August 2nd and are one of the first 1,000 fans to the Stadium. Just like every Thursday home game, fans ages 21 and older will be able to watch the game in the luxurious, climate controlled Legends Club, and enjoy all you can eat wings and draft beer from 6:30 to 8 pm for just $25! The wings will be supplied by Foster’s Grille and feature a variety of flavors. Season ticket holders can purchase Wings & Beer tickets at a special rate of $20. It’s also Payday Thursday presented by Washington Savings Bank where the first 100 fans will receive an envelope with cash, one of them being $100. All Military will receive $5 off field box tickets for this and every Thursday throughout the season.
#5. Faith & Family Nights: New for 2012, we have created a 3 game series of Faith & Family Nights here at Regency Furniture Stadium. We have been working with WGTS 91.9 FM on the series which will feature live music before each game, faith testimonials from Blue Crabs players, guest speakers, activities on the concourse and during the game, and many opportunities for area churches to get involved in the nights!
The schedule for the 3 game Faith & Family Series is:
• Sunday, April 29th: also with pre-game family catch on the field, post game Exhibition Game between DC Padres vs. St. Mary’s Ryken High School, and schedule magnet giveaway.
• Sunday, August 19th: also with Pinch’s birthday, free bumper boats for kids club members, & Crab Feast.
• Friday, September 7th: also with post-game Fireworks.
#6. Band of Brothers Appearance, WWII Veterans Tribute, Custom Jersey Auction, Post-Game Fireworks: Our World War II Veterans are true American Heroes, and on Friday, July 6th we will have a special tribute to those heroes. The Award Winning HBO Mini Series “Band of Brothers” was a ground breaking series produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg that told the story of Easy Company; a distinct group of U.S. Paratroopers that had a huge impact on WWII. For this game we will offer fans an exclusive opportunity to meet the Original Easy Company Veterans who were portrayed in Band of Brothers. The game will also feature many other WWII elements and specifically, the Blue Crabs players will be wearing custom WWII Uniform Jerseys that will be auctioned off during the game. Following the game, there will be a spectacular Fireworks display, sponsored by Winegardner Auto Group.
#7. Pinch T-Shirt Giveaway, 2nd Opening Night, Summer Reading Night #2, Post-Game Fireworks: Friday, July 20th will be the first home game after the All-Star Break so we are having a 2nd Opening Day to kick off the second half of the season. We figured a great way to do that would be by giving fans something they’ve been asking for…more Pinch! Thanks to Community Bank of Tri-County, the first 1,000 fans will receive a one of a kind blue Pinch t-shirt. It’s also the second Summer Reading Night sponsored by Southern Maryland Regional Libraries where kids earn a free ticket to the game by enrolling in the summer reading program at your local participating library. Following the game we will have one of our themed fireworks shows; this one being “Batman” with the new Dark Knight movie hitting theatres that weekend.
#8. Fan Vs. Food featuring All-You-Can-Eat at the Concession Stands, Academic Achievement Night: Fans will definitely want to stretch during the 7th Inning on Wednesday, June 6th but won’t have to stretch their wallets! The game will feature the first ever Fan Vs. Food where it’s all-you-can-eat at specific concession stands from 5:30 to 7:30 pm featuring a menu of soft pretzels, hot dogs, hamburgers, soda and popcorn! The ALYCE tickets are just $19 and $10 upgrade for season ticket holders! It’s also Academic Achievement Night where all students in the Tri-County area are awarded a free ticket for making it on the honor roll this year.
#9: Coffee Mug Giveaway, 9 Innings of Networking, Silver Slugger game w/ exclusive autograph session, $5 off tickets for fans ages 50 and older: We’ll be “takin care of business” on Tuesday, June 5th at Regency Furniture Stadium with one of the marquee events of the year and a great giveaway for business professionals young and old. During the day we will be hosting the first ever 9 Innings of Networking at the Stadium which is a collaboration with the Job Match Re-Employment Project and the State of Maryland. The event will be a full day of job training, seminars, hiring companies scouting for employees, and plenty of networking. The event will carry into the game as we will then have a Coffee Mug giveaway to the first 1,000 fans, thanks to All-Star Team Services. It’s also a Hearing Professionals Silver Slugger game where all members get to participate in an exclusive autograph session with Blue Crabs Players and Coaches. The game is also a Senior Citizen Tuesday presented by Cedar Lane Apartments which offers $5 off field box tickets for fans age 50 and older with Baseball Bingo.
#10. Light Switch Cover Giveaway, Backfin Buddies FREE ticket game w/ all kids club members getting to Hit a Baseball from Home Plate, $5 off field box tickets for all Kids age 12 and under: So guys get to turn their basements into sports themed “man caves”, so why can’t kids turn their rooms into “Crabby Caves”? This season we’ll be giving kids in Southern Maryland many opportunities to do and our special light switch cover giveaway on Sunday, September 9th is one of them. The first 500 kids ages 16 and under will receive the light switch cover, thanks to Chick-fil-A. It’s also one of our Chick-fil-A Backfin Buddies FREE ticket games, and all kids club members will get to put their skills to use as all members will be able to hit a pitch from home plate! And it gets even better for the little ones as all kids age 12 and under receive $5 off field box tickets.
#11. Washington Nationals “Racing Presidents” Appearance, Silver Sluggers game w/ all members getting to take the field with the Blue Crabs players and Presidents for the National Anthem, $5 off field box tickets for fans ages 50 and older: On Tuesday, August 14th Blue Crabs fans will get to see the famous Racing Presidents from the Washington Nationals. George, Abe, Tom and Teddy will all be here for pictures, and to entertain fans. Who knows, it could even be Teddy’s day in the sun, and he could win the race! It’s also a Silver Slugger game presented by Hearing Professionals with all members being invited to take the field with the Blue Crabs players and the Presidents for the National Anthem. What’s more patriotic than that! The game is also a Senior Citizen Tuesday presented by Cedar Lane Apartments which offers $5 off field box tickets for fans age 50 and older with Baseball Bingo.
#12. Welcome Mat Giveaway, “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” Pinch Fund game, Backfin Buddies FREE ticket game w/ all kids club members getting to run on the field with Blue Crabs Players for National Anthem, $5 off field box tickets for all Kids age 12 and under: Thanks to Long & Foster Companies, fans can have a piece of the Blue Crabs from our home to theirs on Sunday, June 24th as the first 1,500 fans age 15 and older receive a “Welcome Home” door mat. Also, it’s our “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” Pinch Fund game where we will be awarding one local youth sports organization with a $1,000 donation, and every organization that applies received 10 tickets to the game. In addition, it’s # 4 of our FREE ticket games for Backfin Buddies, presented by Chick-fil-A, with all members being invited to take the field with the Blue Crabs players for the National Anthem. Like every Sunday too, kids age 12 and under receive $5 off field box tickets.
#13. Bark In The Park, 2nd Annual Dance Competition, Football Kickoff Party, Football Jersey Auction, Post-Game Fireworks, Post-Game Party on the Field: WHOOF! This is gonna be a big one! Saturday, September 8th will kick off with the Humane Society of Charles County’s Bark In The Park event outside the Stadium with over 50 vendors, and plenty of games and activities for your pooch to participate in, followed by the Lawn Area Puppy Party during the game in the Lawn Area. Lawn Area tickets are just $6 for the dogs, and their owners are FREE. We will also have our 2nd Annual Dance Competition where up to 10 different dance teams can compete in front of a panel of judges to become “The Official Dance Team of the Blue Crabs” for 2013 which will include 6 Appearances during the 2013 Season. It’s also the night before the first NFL Sunday games so we are having a big pep rally. There will be ticket discounts given to all fans wearing their favorite team’s jersey, HOG-ETTES get FREE admission, plenty of rally clips for the Skins and Ravens, and the Blue Crabs Players will be wearing customized Blue Crabs Football Jerseys that will be auctioned off during the game. The proceeds from the auction will benefit the Civista Health Foundation and the winning bidders will get to come down to the field, get pictures and autograph with their player. The night will conclude with a post-game fireworks show presented by Winegardner Auto Group, and a post-game party where fans are able to come down to the field, have a catch in the outfield, take pictures, and get some autographs!
#14. Sponge Bob & Patrick Appearance, First Responders Night: Are ya ready kids??? Aye Aye Captain! If your kids are a fan of Nickelodeon’s hit show Sponge Bob Square Pants, this is the game for them! Sponge Bob and Patrick will both be here to meet fans and take pictures on Wednesday, August 8th. It’s also First Responders Night with a number of promotions for all of our local heroes!
#15. Cowbell Giveaway, Veterans Appreciation Night, Post-Game Fireworks, Post-Game Party on the Field: I got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell! On Saturday, June 23rd Christopher Walken will be smiling as the first 1,500 fans receive a Blue Crabs Cowbell, compliments of SAIC. SAIC is also the presenting sponsor for Veterans Appreciation Night for all of our troops past and present. There will be a lot planned for our Vets and they will be able to enjoy the night with our special Military Meal Ticket including a field box ticket, and voucher for a hot dog, chips, and drink for just $9. The night will conclude with an All-American Fireworks Show after the game, and continue on the field for our post-game party where fans will be able to hang out, take pictures on the field, and get some autographs.
#16. Marvel Comics “The Avengers” Appearance, Business in Baseball Night with North Point High School, Wings & Beer Thursdays, $5 off field box tickets for all Military: With the new Marvel Comics summer blockbuster “The Avengers” hitting theaters we thought it would be a good idea to bring Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and War Machine to the Stadium to hang out and take pictures with fans on Thursday, May 3rd. In the off season we created a program called Business In Baseball where we work with local high schools and incorporate what they are learning in the classroom to a Blue Crabs game. North Point High School is up for this game and they have some great ideas they’ve been working on! As with every Thursday, it’s a Foster’s Grille Wings & Beer Thursday. For $25 fans can enjoy all you can eat wings and draft beer from 6:30 to 8 pm in the Legends Club. Every Thursday home game also offers $5 off field box tickets to all active and retired Military.
#17. 5th Anniversary Hat Giveaway, Charles County Employee Night, Post-Game Fireworks, Post-Game Party on the Field: Saturday, May 19th will feature a commemorative 5th Anniversary "The Tide Is Rising" Hat Giveaway presented by Community Bank of Tri-County to the first 1,000 fans. Also, it’s Charles County Employee Night with all of the county employees getting some VIP treatment. Winegardner Auto Group will be presenting a beautiful fireworks show following the game. After the fireworks, fans can then come down to the field for a post-game party, take some pictures with players, get some autographs and have a catch in the outfield.
#18. Scout Sleepovers presented by Re/Max 100: One of the most popular events during the season is our annual Scout Sleepovers. This year, Re/Max 100 is sponsoring both the Girls (June 1st) and the Boys (June 8th) and we’ve got some great features included, especially with the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts. Get your troop involved with the Sleepover Package including field box ticket, pre-game scout parade, opportunity to camp out on the field after the game, movie on the video board after the game, and breakfast in the morning, all for just $27. Smaller tier packages also available.
#19. Foster’s Grille Wings & Beer Thursdays: Back in 2012 is Wings & Beer Thursdays presented by Foster’s Grille. Every Thursday home game, fans ages 21 and older will be able to watch the game in the luxurious, climate controlled Legends Club, and enjoy all you can eat wings and draft beer from 6:30 to 8 pm for just $25! The wings will be supplied by Foster’s Grille and feature a variety of flavors. Season ticket holders can purchase Wings & Beer tickets at a special rate of $20.
#20. Paint The Park Pink, Pink Jersey Auction, Summer Reading Night #3, Post-Game Fireworks, Post-Game Party on the Field: The 4th Annual Civista “Paint The Park Pink” night will be taking place on Saturday, July 21st. For the event, the Blue Crabs players and coaches will be wearing custom pink jerseys that will be auctioned off and benefitting the Civista Pink Ribbon Fund, many different Breast Cancer organizations all throughout the Stadium Concourse, a moving pre-game ceremony with Breast Cancer Survivors, a pink balloon release, and the Pink Zone. It’s also the third Summer Reading Night sponsored by Southern Maryland Regional Libraries where kids earn a free ticket to the game by enrolling in the summer reading program at your local participating library. We’ll cap the night off with an awesome Fireworks show sponsored by Winegardner Auto Group, and one of our NEW Saturday Night Post Game Parties where fans will be able to come down to the field, take pictures, get some autographs, and hang out on the field.
#21. Tote Bag Giveaway, Inaugural Stitch & Pitch, Silver Slugger game, $5 off tickets for fans ages 50 and older: On Tuesday, June 26, the first 1,000 adults age 21 and older will receive a Blue Crabs Tote Bag, thanks to Cedar Lane Apartments. Fans will be able to participate in our first ever “Stitch & Pitch” event during the game. And if you are really good at multi-tasking, you can do the Stitch & Pitch and win prizes with Baseball Bingo at the same time! The game is also a Senior Citizen Tuesday presented by Cedar Lane Apartments which offers $5 off field box tickets for fans age 50 and older.
#22. Chick-Fil-A Backfin Buddies Kids Club Games: Every Sunday at Regency Furniture Stadium will offer great experiences for kids, especially with two great additions: $5 off tickets for kids 12 and under and FREE admission to the PNC Kids Zone every Sunday! All ten Sunday home games will also be Chick-Fil-A Backfin Buddies Kids Club games. For just $15 members will receive a 5th Anniversary Blue Crabs Tin Lunch Box, one FREE ticket to all 10 Sunday games, and following Kids Club events exclusive to members:
• April 29 – Pre-game family catch in the Outfield
• May 20 – Kids Club members throw out a first pitch
• June 3 – Exclusive Kids Club Autograph Session with Blue Crabs Players
• June 10 – Question and Answer Session with Blue Crabs Players
• June 24 – Kids Club members get to run out on the field with Blue Crabs Players for National Anthem
• July 8 – Kids Club members can get picture taken in the dugout
• July 22 – Batman: The Dark Knight Photo Session
• August 19 – FREE Bumper Boat rides for Kids Club members
• September 9 – Kids Club members get to hit a baseball from Home Plate
• September 23 – Kids Club members get to watch fireworks from the field
#23. Buzz Lightyear & Woody Appearance, Silver Slugger Tuesday w/ bring your grandkids for FREE night, $5 off tickets for fans ages 50 and older: To Regency Furniture Stadium and Beyond!! ! Tuesday, June 19th will be a great time for both kids and seniors and we want to encourage that time spent together with Grandparents and kids. Buzz Lightyear and Woody from Disney’s Toy Story will be here for a FREE photo session with fans during the game. The game is also a Senior Citizen Tuesday presented by Cedar Lane Apartments which offers $5 off field box tickets for fans age 50 and older. It’s also a Silver Sluggers presented by Hearing Professionals game featuring a bring your grandkids for FREE (up to four tickets) offer for all members.
#24. 22 Post-Game Fireworks Shows! There is really something great about summer time, baseball and fireworks. On 22 different home games this season, we will be lighting up the sky at Regency Furniture Stadium after Blue Crabs games. We are also taking fireworks to another level this year. On three different dates, we will be having themed fireworks that will be uniquely orchestrated along with an amazing soundtrack: “Elvis” on Opening Night, April 26, “Batman” on July 20, and “Star Wars” on September 7. Below is the entire list of post-game fireworks dates with current sponsors:
1.Thursday, April 26 – Wawa
2.Friday, April 27 – Educational Systems Federal Credit Union
3.Saturday, April 28 – Winegardner Auto Group
4.Friday, May 18
5.Saturday, May 19 – Winegardner Auto Group
6.Friday, June 1 - Fusion Dental
7.Saturday, June 2 – Winegardner Auto Group
8.Friday, June 8 – Charles County Commissioners
9.Saturday, June 9 – Winegardner Auto Group
10.Friday, June 22 – Old Line Bank
11.Saturday, June 23 - SAIC
12.Friday, July 6 – Winegardner Auto Group
13.Saturday, July 7 – Winegardner Auto Group
14.Friday, July 20
15.Saturday, July 21 – Winegardner Auto Group
16.Friday, August 17
17.Saturday, August 18 – Winegardner Auto Group
18.Friday, September 7
19.Saturday, September 8 – Winegardner Auto Group
20.Friday, September 21
21.Saturday, September 22 – Winegardner Auto Group
22.Sunday, September 23 – Wawa
#25. Hearing Professionals Silver Sluggers Games: Senior Citizen Tuesdays at Regency Furniture Stadium will be provide many great perks for our “more experienced” fans, with Baseball Bingo, Senior Spotlights, and $5 off field box tickets for fans age 50 and older thanks to Cedar Lane Apartments. Back for another season is the popular Silver Sluggers program presented by Hearing Professionals. For just $40 Silver Sluggers members will receive a Silver Sluggers T-Shirt, one FREE ticket to all 11 Tuesday games (plus 5 additional games), a Bingo Card for every Tuesday, along with the following Silver Sluggers events exclusive to members:
• May 1 – Silver Sluggers T-Shirt pickup night
• May 8 – Early Bird Dinner in the Legends Club
• May 15 – Bring a Friend for FREE night
• June 5 – Exclusive Silver Sluggers Autograph Session with Blue Crabs Players
• June 19 – Bring the Grandkids for FREE night
• June 26 – Tote Bag Giveaway presented by Cedar Lane Apartments
• July 31 – Exclusive Silver Slugger Meet & Greet with Blue Crabs Manager Patrick Osborn
• August 7 – Silver Sluggers “Team Photo” on the field
• August 14 – Silver Sluggers members get to take the field w/ Blue Crabs Players for National Anthem
• August 28 – Silver Slugger “Team Photo” pickup night
• September 4 – Silver Sluggers members throw out a first pitch
The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs are a member of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, and play at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland. The franchise is entering its 5th Anniversary season in the spring of 2012, coming off the team’s third consecutive playoff appearance. Please call 301-638-9788 or visit www.somdbluecrabs.com for more information and to save your seat at the ballpark today!