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
- Orange Friday Knit Hat, First 20,000 fans (Friday, April 27 v. Padres)
- Giants Messenger Bag, First 20,000 fans (Saturday, April 28 v. Padres)
- Orange Friday Texting Gloves, First 20,000 fans (Friday, May 4 v. Brewers)
- Sergio Romo Bobblehead, First 25,000 fans (Saturday, May 5 v. Brewers)
- Brian Wilson Gnome, First 20,000 fans (Sunday, May 20 v. A's)
- 2002 Player Bobbleheads, First 25,000 fans (Saturday, June 30 v. Reds)
- Madison Bumgarner Bobblehead, First 25,000 fans (Sunday, July 15 v. Astros)
- Pablo Sandoval Bobblehead, First 25,000 fans (Sunday, Aug. 26 v. Braves)
Cool, I want one, i.e. long lines
- Giants Welcome Mat, First 20,000 fans (Sunday, April 15 v Pirates)
- Giants Player T-Shirt, First 20,000 fans (Saturday, July 14 v. Astros)
- Gigantes Player T-Shirt, First 20,000 fans (Sunday, Sept. 8 v. Dodgers0
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 13 v. Pirates)
- Magnet Schedule, First 20,000 fans (Monday, April 16 v. Phillies)
- Giants Cap, First 20,000 fans (Sunday, June 10 v. Rangers)
- Giants Trading Cards, First 20,000 fans (Saturday, July 28 v. Dodgers)
Overall, the lineup is pretty good, but I had a few thoughts concerning the schedule. First, the Photo Day promo was absent last year and it doesn't appear in 2012 either. 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, Sandoval returns for his second bobblehead, the others (Bumgarner, Romo) are first-timers.
The bobblehead give away that started it all ... Willie Mays bobblehead from the 1999 giveaway schedule.