Getting free stuff with your team’s logo emblazoned across it is one of the best parts of going to a baseball game. Sure it is useless, but who cares? It’s free! The following is an unscientific analysis of the Nationals April promotional schedule.
This post will only review promos of tangible items that can be taken home. So $1 Hot Dog Night, Beltway Burger Pack, Miller Lite Party Night, Kid Run the Bases, Harris Teeter Family Fun Pack, and Military Appreciation Day will not be reviewed.
April looks like a light month for giveaways, but check out the Nationals website to find out more information on deal nights.
Monday, April 1: Opening Day Cap
Baseball fans always need more hats, especially if they are baseball hats. Whether it is to add to a stack in the garage or to hide encroaching baldness, hats are always nice keepsake. On opening day, the first 20,000 fans to the park will receive a Nats cap with some sort of GEICO logo on it. The hat looks ok, but the red curly W does not contrast well with the red hat.
Rating: Flank Steak
Saturday, April 13: Bobblehead #1
No word on the Nationals website on who the coveted bobblehead will be. Doesn’t matter; it is one of the best things to get at the park and the first 15,000 fans will get some kind of a bobblehead on April 13.
Rating: Filet Mignon
Exhibition Day Bonus!
20,000 fans will receive a 2013 schedule magnet for the Nationals March 29 tune-up against the Yankees. Refrigerators always seem naked without magnets. For fridges that need some snazzy new bling, or for another excuse to stare at it for a few minutes longer after forgetting why you opened it in the first place, this magnet will do nicely.
Rating: N.Y. Strip
That’s it for April. The swag starts to ramp up in May when the Nationals will give away cups, backpacks, and more.