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Georgia State runs $10,000 cash voucher drop at game

Georgia State teamed up with a local credit union for a promotional giveaway that was sure to attract students to the struggling football program’s games.

About 400 Georgia State students participated in a cash voucher drop at halftime of the school’s football game against New Hampshire on Saturday. As you can see in the photo above, envelopes containing vouchers for cash were dropped from the rafters.

Students earned the chance to participate in the Georgia’s Own Credit Union $10,000 Cash Drop by attending the Sept. 22 game versus Richmond and taking part in the companion ticket program, the school explained.

The school ran a similar promotion last season but doubled the amount of money available in the cash drop this year.

Students can redeem their cash vouchers at the credit union beginning on Tuesday. We’re guessing they’ll have to open accounts in order to claim the cash, but that still wouldn’t take away from how cool this promotion is.

When your team hasn’t won a game on the season, you have to do anything possible to attract fans. The cash drop was easily our favorite team promotion since this giveaway.

Here’s another look at the cash grab:

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Phillies will still give away Hunter Pence bobbleheads despite trade

Tuesday’s MLB trade deadline gave us a Phillies mini-firesale, with the club shipping two-thirds of its starting outfield westward. Not too long after trading Shane Victorino to the Dodgers, the last-place Phillies sent right fielder Hunter Pence to the Giants. The latter deal, however, poses a problem to the team’s promotions department, which had scheduled a Pence bobblehead giveaway day for Aug. 21′s game against the Reds.

But, fear not, bobblehead aficionados and Hunter Pence fans:

We’ve seen the A’s do this previously with Jason Giambi. The truth is ball clubs get promotional items weeks, sometimes months, in advance of their distribution date, often long before unforeseen roster transactions happen. So, the Phillies somewhere in the doldrums of Citizens Bank Park have thousands of cheap toys that marginally look like Pence readily stashed away, and they are not just going to throw them in the dumpster.

But it still has to be weird for the Phillies to celebrate a guy they unceremoniously shipped away three weeks prior. The Phillies can’t do anything right when it comes to bobbleheads.

H/T Big League Stew
Photo via Jeff Kolakowski

Bryce Harper garden gnome looks nothing like Bryce Harper (Picture)

The Hagerstown Suns, a Single-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, are honoring former franchise star Bryce Harper with a garden gnome giveaway next month, but if I’m Harper, I’d have mixed feelings about the giveaway.

The image above shows the gnome the team is planning to give away to the first 1,000 fans in attendance for their August 4 game. As you can see, the gnome looks a lot more like Rich Garces than anything else.

I mean seriously, look at that thing. If I asked you to guess which baseball player it resembled I bet you wouldn’t name Bryce Harper even if I gave you 50 guesses.

What did they think? “Hey, let’s just make a generic gnome, slap some eye black and the number 34 on it, and we can call it a Bryce Harper gnome.” This was even more embarrassing than the Tom Brady doll that looked nothing like Tom Brady.

If you want to know what a garden gnome giveaway is supposed to look like, take a look at this bearded Brian Wilson one. That’s how it’s supposed to be done. But hey, at least we applaud the Suns for their effort.

Photo via Hagerstown Suns
H/T D.C. Sports Bog

Giants to give away Rory McIlroy bobblehead dolls (Picture)

If you are unaware of LBS’ highly-publicized man crush on Rory McIlroy, welcome aboard. This is likely either your first time visiting the site or one of only a handful. Although we were much bigger fans when he was still dating ex-girlfriend Holly Sweeney, we’re still very much on board with Rory. That’s why we fully approve of the Giants and their McIlroy bobblehead giveaway, despite the fact that it may be a bit of a stretch.

On June 12 when they host the Astros, the Giants will be holding “Irish Heritage Night.” With McIlroy already in the area that week to defend his U.S. Open championship, the Giants have decided to honor him by giving away the nifty bobbleheads you see in the photo above. It’s rare that you’d see bobbleheads of a golfer given away at a baseball game, but it certainly beats this lame giveaway the Dodgers have planned or this creepy bobblehead the Rays gave out last season. Giants fans should be grateful to be a part of it.

H/T Devil Ball Golf

D-Backs gave away tattoo sleeves in honor of ‘Tatman’ Ryan Roberts (Pictures)

The Arizona Diamondbacks held one of the stranger giveaways of the season on Saturday. In honor of heavily-tattooed infielder Ryan Roberts, the team gave away tattoo sleeves (seen above) to the first 20,000 fans in attendance.

Roberts had a career season for the D-Backs last year, bashing a career-high 19 home runs with 65 RBIs. He began being called “Tatman” because of all his tattoos, and he embraced the nickname. Even the bobblehead in his likeness given away last season featured several tattoos.

Speaking at the team’s “tweetup” before the game on Saturday, Roberts talked about his ink.

“All of ‘em mean something to me and they’re all a big part of my life.”

Below is a look at D-Backs pitcher Daniel Hudson sporting the sleeves:

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Royals had a George Brett pine tar bat giveaway against Yankees (Picture)

The Royals had one of the best giveaways of the season over the weekend. Kansas City hosted the Yankees for a four-game series at Kauffman Stadium, and they handed out George Brett pine tar bats to the first 20,000 fans in the stadium on Saturday.

The promotion was a reference to the infamous “Pine Tar Game” on July 24, 1983. Brett, a Hall of Fame player for the Royals, homered off Goose Gossage to give KC a 5-4 lead over the Yankees in the 9th inning. The Yankees appealed to the umpire to examine the bat and it was determined Brett had pine tar more than 18 inches from the knob. Brett was called out for using an illegal bat, and he burst out of the dugout fuming with rage. The call was later overturned on an appeal, and the Royals won when it was completed the next month.

The play was one of the most notable moments in MLB history, and the Royals played off it well. I’m just surprised they distributed all those mini bats; I thought teams didn’t do that anymore because of safety concerns over drunk people and kids using them as weapons.

H/T Darren Rovell
Photo Credit: Joe Rybnick

Dodgers to hold Hello Kitty day, hand out Hello Kitty bobbleheads

Oh boy! The two fun-loving little characters you see pictured above are going to be a part of the excitement at Dodger stadium come July 1. Flights out west are expensive with fuel prices currently through the roof, but I’ve already booked my airfare to make sure I can be in attendance. As Hardball Talk pointed out to us on Thursday, the Dodgers have announced they will be giving away mini Hello Kitty bobblehead dolls to the first 50,000 lucky fans at their game on July 1. Not only that, but Hello Kitty’s friend Keroppi is also scheduled to make an appearance at the Viva Los Dodgers Day festival before the game And the mother ship? Hello Kitty is throwing out the ceremonial first pitch!

If these two don’t show, so help me God. Where does this rank on our list of giveaways here at LBS? It has to be toward the top, right?