Friday, January 14, 2011

Ranking the 2011 SF Giants stadium give aways (SGA)

Okay, by now the true die-hards have already reviewed the promotional schedule the Giants released on Wednesday, Jan. 12, and I'm sure most of them have even penciled in their calendar which games they must attend.

So, if you haven't seen the list or are wondering what are going to be the hot stadium give-aways (SGA), I've taken the liberty to rank them for you. So here we go ...

The Must-Haves, i.e. the crazy long lines

  • World Series Replica Trophy, First 20,000 fans (Sunday, April 24 v. Braves)
  • Willie Mays Statue Replica, First 20,000 fans (Friday, May 6 v. Rockies)
  • Cody Ross Bobblehead, First 25,000 fans (Saturday, June 4 v. Rockies)
  • Aubrey Huff Bobblehead, First 25,000 fans (Saturday, June 25 v. Indians)
  • Buster Posey Bobblehead, First 20,000 fans (Sunday, July 10 v. Brewers)
  • Tim Lincecum Bobblehead, First 25,000 fans (Saturday, Aug. 27 v. Astros)

Cool, I want one, i.e. long lines
  • World Series Ring Keychain, First 20,000 fans (Saturday, April 9 v. Cardinals)
  • Buster Posey Pin, First 20,000 fans (Sunday, April 10 v. Cardinals)
  • World Champions Banner, First 20,000 fans (Saturday, April 23 v. Braves)
  • Orange Wearable Blanket, First 20,000 fans (Friday, May 20 v. A's)
  • Skateboard Deck, First 7,500 fans  (14 & under) (Sunday, June 12 v. Reds)
  • Madison Bumgarner T-Shirt, First 20,000 fans (Sunday, June 26 v. Indians)
  • Fedora Hat, First 20,000 fans (Sunday, July 24 v. Brewers)

Eh, I'll take one, but I won't wait in line for it, i.e. no lines necessary
  • Opening Day Calendars, First 40,000 fans (Friday, April 8 v. Cardinals)
  • Magnet Schedule, First 20,000 fans (Monday, April 11 v. Dodgers)
  • Orange Friday Rally Rags, First 20,000 fans (Friday, April 22 v. Braves)
  • World Champions Canvas Print, First 20,000 fans (Saturday, May 7 v. Rockies)
  • World Champions Tote Bag, First 20,000 fans (Sunday, May 8 v. Rockies)
  • Striped Socks, First 20,000 fans (Saturday, July 9 v. Mets)
  • Virgin America voucher, All fans (Saturday, Aug. 6 v. Phillies)
  • Brian Wilson Road Jersey, First 7,500 kids (Sunday, Aug. 7 v. Phillies)
  • Matt Cain lunch bag, First 7,500 kids (Sunday, Sept. 4 v. Diamondbacks)
  • Trading Cards, First 20,000 fans (Saturday, Sept. 10 v. Dodgers)

Thanks, but no thanks! i.e. don't want one
  • Silly Bandz, First 10,000 fans (Sunday, June 5 v. Rockies)
  • Belt Buckle, First 20,000 fans (Saturday, July 23 v. Brewers)
Overall, the lineup is pretty good, but I had a few thoughts concerning the schedule. First, a fan noted that the Photo Day promo was gone, I wasn't a big fan of that day but apparently some folks are pissed off that it's missing. Second, the giveaways are still allocated to the first 20,000-25,000 fans - this I don't get. Why can't the Giants and the respective sponsors have 40,000 items available, and help avoid the long lines and chaos; and the crying kids, and upset mothers that miss out on a give away? Other teams do it, not sure what the problem is here. Third, Lincecum is having another bobblehead. Don't get me wrong, I love Timmy, but I thought maybe one of the other guys like Torres, Bumgarner, Freddy Sanchez would be deserving of one as well.

The bobblehead give away that started it all ... Willie Mays bobblehead from the 1999 giveaway schedule.

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