I don’t understand some of the promotions that baseball teams provide for fans during the season. I’m always happy to get a new bobble head, a T-shirt, or a replica trophy — something that has to do with baseball and the team. The recent Star Wars game was kind of appropriate but not in a baseball way, unless you think we can trade for Darth Vader to strengthen the bullpen. But then, George Lucas is a local so we’ll give him his time.
That special day gave fans a chance to dress up as their favorite Star Wars characters and to direct some of the movie magic onto the field. It also opened up a new line of shirts with ‘May the Morse Be With You’ blazoned across them. So that’s pretty cool, relating the whole Star Wars thing back to one of the popular players on the Giants, Michael Morse.
For me, though, the Hello Kitty promotion was really puzzling. Maybe it’s a generational thing, and apparently it skipped my generation, but I was scratching my head trying to figure out a connection to baseball. I don’t remember anytime that Hello Kitty has provided anything to the game of baseball, and now most of the focus is on discussing what his or her gender is. At least the little doll they gave away had on a Giants hat and shirt, but other than that . . . can he/she play left field? Does her or his presence inspire the team? If someone can explain the connection to me, please do. Maybe it was a way to get young fans — really young ones, and mostly female — into the park. But I would hope there’s enough in the game and park itself that would do that.
Other promotions are a bit of a stretch too. There’s Bruce Lee night, hopefully with his energy providing motivation to the fans and the guys on the field. But I don’t think he played Little League. Or the recent Pacquiao-Algieri Special Media Night where maybe the fighters gave Madison some tips in case he got into a tiff with one of the opposing batters. But my least favorite special promotion was Frank Sinatra Night a year or 2 ago. They gave out posters of Frank playing pool, and Photoshopped some of the current players into the poster. I actually think Frank was a Dodger fan, and with that in mind, it was one of the worst games I’ve ever been to. I think the Giants lost 12-0, or a similarly dreadful score. Bad mojo all around. I threw out the give-away poster as soon as I got home.
The Giants will keep up with those promotions — and I’m not really complaining, because I love the baseball-related bobble heads and other trinkets — but hopefully they’ll have more of a connection to the actual game and team.
In the meantime, say Farewell to Candlestick in your Father’s Day Tie while playing with your All Brandon Weekend bobble heads or growth chart and watching your Hunter Pence Scooter bobble head bobble like his head really does, and May the Morse be with you always!