Clear some space on your bookcases, mantels and computer nooks. You’re going to need room to accommodate some new hardware after the Orioles’ announcement of their 2012 promotional schedule of giveaways and goodies.
As part of the 20th anniversary celebration of Camden Yards, and to commemorate the dedication of statues honoring the club’s six members of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., the Orioles will distribute miniature replicas of the likenesses of Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson, Earl Weaver, Jim Palmer, Eddie Murray and Cal Ripken Jr. to all fans in attendance at the game at which each statue is dedicated. The giveaways associated with the Orioles Legends Dedication Series could be the most prized premiums during the 2012 campaign.
The larger-than-life bronze sculptures will be unveiled each month during the season in the order in which each player’s number was retired by the Orioles - Frank Robinson on Saturday, April 28; Brooks Robinson on Saturday, May 12; Weaver on Saturday, June 30; Palmer on Saturday, July 14; Murray on Saturday, Aug. 11; and Ripken on Thursday, Sept 6, the 17th anniversary of the night the Iron Man broke Yankee great Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games streak.
Also during the 2012 season, O’s fans will be asked to select the player whose bobblehead likeness will be given away to the first 20,000 fans 15 and over at the Saturday, Sept. 29 game as part of Fan Appreciation Weekend. More details on the fans’ choice bobblehead giveaway presented by AT&T will be forthcoming.
The return of the cartoon bird this season will be accompanied by two perennial giveaway favorites. The first 15,000 fans 15 and over will receive a cartoon bird home cap on Sunday, June 15, while the first 20,000 fans 21 and over will snag an Orioles Maryland flag floppy hat - featuring the cartoon bird logo on the front and the Maryland flag on the top panel - courtesy of Miller Lite on Friday, July 27.
During Memorial Day weekend, the first 10,000 fans 15 and older at the game on Sunday , May 27 will get an O’s camouflage script t-shirt. A Matt Wieters orange replica jersey will go to the first 15,000 fans 15 and over on Friday, July 13. T-shirt Thursdays will return during each month of the season, with the first 10,000 fans 15 and older receiving an O’s t-shirt with a different design on April 26, May 10, June 28, July 26, Aug. 9 and Sept. 13.
On Wednesday, Aug. 15, the first 10,000 fans 14 and under will receive an Orioles collectible truck, presented by W.B. Mason. Other promotions designed specifically for younger fans include two post-game Kids Run the Bases events on Sunday, June 24 and Sunday, Aug. 12; Little League Days on Sunday, April 29 and Sunday, May 27; Boy Scout Night on Saturday, May 12; Girl Scout Day on Sunday, June 24; and Day Camper Day on Thursday, July 26. A popular attraction for school groups over the last several years, Field Trip Day presented by MASN and WJZ returns for pre-registered school groups on Wednesday, May 23.
Other giveaways scheduled for the upcoming season include a 2012 schedule and car magnet, featuring the cartoon bird, for all fans at opening day on Friday, April 6; a Mother’s Day sun hat for the first 10,000 women 18 and over on Sunday, May 13; a drawstring bag presented by MLB Network for the first 10,000 fans on Wednesday, June 13; and an Oriole Park 20th anniversary tumbler for the first 10,000 fans 15 and over on Saturday, June 23.
Postgame fireworks nights return on five Fridays this season - May 25, June 29, July 27, Aug. 24 and Sept. 28. Fireworks will begin shortly after the completion of the 7:05 p.m. games. Fan Appreciation Weekend is scheduled for the final home series of the season, Sept. 28-30 against the Boston Red Sox.