Even when teams are winning plenty of baseball games they attract fans with stadium giveaways. Whether that’s a bobblehead, a Funko Pop figure, t-shirts – the giveaways bring in additional people. Earlier this week the Cincinnati Reds announced their promotional schedule for the 2020 season and there were some pretty good giveaways and promotions.
The Cincinnati Reds Bobbleheads
Love them, hate them, flat out sick of them – wherever you fall on that spectrum, the fact is that they still have their fans and they will come through the gates aplenty to get their hands on them. In 2020 there will be six bobbleheads given away at Cincinnati Reds baseball games.
Ted Kluszewski, George Foster, and Eugenio Suarez
On April 25th the first of the bobbleheads will be handed out to the first 20,000 fans through the gates. It will feature the top three home run hitters in single season history for the Reds: George Foster, Eugenio Saurez, and Ted Kluszewski.
Fast forward a few weeks and the Reds will be giving out a bobblehead for arguably the best pitcher on the staff, Sonny Gray. The 2018 National League All-Star put together a big season for the Reds in his first campaign with the team. His 2.87 ERA was the lowest by a Cincinnati starter since Johnny Cueto’s 2.25 ERA in 2014. It was also the third lowest since 2010.
At least as of right now, the newest starting pitcher on the staff will get his own bobblehead handed out on June 26th. Trevor Bauer will be the yes-man with a spring for a neck as the Reds take on the defending World Series champion Washington Nationals.
The last bobblehead of the year will be of future Reds Hall of Famer, and likely future Baseball Hall of Famer Joey Votto. The first 20,000 fans through the gates on August 29th against the Milwaukee Brewers will get to take home their own bobblehead of the Reds first baseman.
The final week of July will have two different bobblehead giveaways. The first will be on Saturday the 25th and the other on Friday the 31st. Both have yet to be announced as to which player they will be of.
The Cincinnati Reds Funko Pops
Over the last decade the Funko Pop craze has exploded. If you don’t have any then you probably at least know someone who does. And that person probably has twenty.
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the 1990 World Series championship the Reds will be giving away an Eric Davis Funko Pop on July 11th. The first 20,000 fans will get the figure as the Reds take on the Pirates.
A little more than a month later, and also against the Pirates, will be the second and final Funko Pop giveaway of the season. On August 15th it will be the Luis Castillo version of the figure given away to the first 20,000 fans.
Other notable promotions
Reds Hall of Fame Induction
The 2020 Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame induction is going to be unlike the others that came before it. It will only have one inductee – Marty Brennaman. On April 26th there will be a pre-game induction ceremony as Brennaman joins the Reds Hall of Fame. The first 20,000 fans will also get a Commemorative Marty Brennaman Microphone.
Replica Jersey Day
On May 23rd the Reds will be taking on the San Diego Padres. The first 20,000 fans will get a replica alternate jersey. The player who will be on that jersey has not yet been determined.
Team Calendar Day
Maybe it’s not your thing, but it you work in a cubicle and some days want to go Office Space on your printer, maybe the Cincinnati Reds team calendar is just the thing to help lighten up your world on a tough day when Karen ate the last doughnut. On April 11th you can get your own Reds team calendar if you are one of the first 20,000 fans through the gate at Great American Ballpark.
Do you like carrying things in a bag? Do you like the Reds? If so, maybe you want to show off both of those things. On June 6th the Reds are giving out a Reds tote bag to the first 20,000 fans as they take on the Cubs. Free stuff might be enough to get you to deal with the WGN generation’s fans of the baby bears on a Saturday afternoon.