Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Phillies 2008 Promotions - Part 1

The Phillies recently released their scheduled promotions and give-a-ways for the 2008 season. The typical Dollar Dog Day, fireworks, magnet scheduleds, etc. are on the calendar, but the Phils spiced it up a little this year with some marketing marvels that should be very popular. Here are a few of WSBGMs favorites.

Charlie Manuel Double-Switch Doll - Inspired by the Transformers action figures, this doll can morph from manager Charlie Manuel into a replica of the Phanatic's ATV. However, just like the real Charlie Manuel, fans will not be able to do the switch successfully. No matter how hard they try, the pieces just don't seem to fit together correctly and they end up with with what looks like1976 AMC Gremlin with 3 missing hubcaps.

Brandon Duckworth T-shirt Day - These shirts were planned for a 2004 give-a-way, before the Duck was traded to Houston for the Rat. They tried to give the shirts to Goodwill to be distributed to those in need, however many homeless people refused to wear the shirt. So, all fans with a torso will receive at least one of these shirts at a game this summer.

Nunez Beer Day - In honor of Nunez's switch to Milwaukee, the beer brewing capital of the Unites States, the Phillies will offer draft beers for the price of Nunez's batting average on the day of the game. If No-Hit is hitting .235, for instance, all beers will be $2.35. [Note: This game is already sold out.]

Fabio Castro Growth Chart - Originally, 6'1" Chase Utley was scheduled to be on the growth chart, but in order to "go green," the Phils have substituted almost-midget Castro in his place. This change saves almost 200 trees worth of paper.

Rheal Cormier's Preparation H Give-A-Way - All Candadian's 40 and over will receive one autographed tube of Preparation H. And one lucky winner will pick-up a game-used tube from Spring Training '01.

Tom Gordon DL Night - This night, 5 lucky fans will be chosen at random to join Tom Gordon on the Phillies disabled list. Each fan can choose elbow stiffness, shoulder fatigue, back pain or any number of ailments. And they will enjoy all the DL perks, just like Tom Gordon. Prize includes: one day salary plus meal per diem, free entrance to the game with viewing options of 1) bullpen 2) club box or 3) clubhouse TV, along with pre and post game buffett, all without having to contribute anything to the Phillies cause.

Tommorrow, Part 2 of the best promotions of 2008...

Corey

17 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Dammit, I'm not Canadian...I really wanted Frenchy's game used tube of Prep-H.

Corey, I believe you may have offended our "little people" readers out there by calling them "midgets"...so insensitive. Could have at least broken out pipsqueak or half-pint.

GM-Carson said...

Pirates made another small signing- Doug Mientkiewicz to a minor league deal. Why? I don't know, it's Pittsburgh after all.

GM-Carson said...

From reigning MVP Jimmy Rollins-

"I'd like to score more runs, steal third more, hit for a better average, and make about three or four fewer errors," he said. "Other than that, I don't know if there's anything more I can do. But scoring those six to eight more runs will take me stealing probably 10 or 15 more bags. So, yeah, I think I can do better."

*That's what I like to hear!

Bob D said...

Sign me up for the Duck Pond promo. I'll bring the whole family so they can all have a new wardrobe for the summer.

And will everyone get paid to drink on "Nunez going to Milwaulkee" promo, if he is batting in the negative numbers?

GM-Carson said...

I've got tickets to the No-Hit Beer Day promo...I'll be plastered while paying nothing!

furiousBall said...

you diss the Gremlin, you diss yo'self

Bob D said...

Can our blog here sponsor a WSBGM's promo at the cit? Actually what would be the promo?

Jacobin said...

How about giving away one of those squeezy stress balls in honor of John "One Nut" Kruk? It could be a dirty Caucasian pinkish with the classic Phillies' "P" emblazoned on it.

GM-Carson said...

One-Nut-Kruks was one of my fantasy baseball team names a few seasons ago.

From MLBTR-
The Phillies "don't appear any closer" to signing Kris Benson, though they're the team most actively linked to the rehabbing right hander. I'm still guessing this will happen, but again, that's just my guess. The team is also loosely linked to Kyle Lohse, who appeared in 13 games for the Phils in 07. The possibility of signing him, though, is described as "remote." Oh, and Brad Lidge says he's healthy after surgery on his right knee.

Los said...

Ah, the duck pond! So much hype ... shame he never lived up to it!

GreggyD said...

One of my favorite posts that I have read. This was brilliantly funny. I turn the big 2-1 in July so I'm hoping and praying for a No-Hit Beer Day after my birthday. I suppose if this were true, he'd at least be good for something.

On another note, I'm surprised that Benson hasn't already been signed. Is his arm that questionable that the Phillies are taking all this time to decide whether he's worth a minor league deal? Makes me wonder...

GreggyD said...

Wouldn't you know that right after I post that I read this on MLBTR:

"According to Scott Lauber of The News Journal, Kris Benson may sign with the Phillies within the next 24 to 36 hours. The talks sound advanced, though Benson may want a Major League deal and the Phillies may not. He'd compete for the fifth starter job."

Let's get this done Phils...hopefully for only a minor league deal though.

GM-Carson said...

I understand why Benson is trying for the MLB deal, but it's in the Phils best interest to keep it a minor league one.

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