It’s the summertime which means that the NBA Summer League is underway, NFL training camps are about to start, and NHL players are doing weird things with the Stanley Cup.
The main event, sporting-wise, during those three months is baseball.
BIG moments during #AllStarWeek.
These are your Top 5 Moments. pic.twitter.com/384PZ72KWV
— MLB (@MLB) July 17, 2017
Baseball has a tendency to be a little slow, so MLB is trying to come up with ways to make the game more exciting and both major and minor league teams also try their hand at marketing to lure more butts to put in the buckets.
There’s bobblehead giveaways, summer concerts after the game, celebrity appearances, more corny giveaways, and special themed nights.
Minor League baseball is NOTORIOUS for bad promotions. We may have found our winner for 2017…. https://t.co/HOteUMNUqM
— NewsRadio1620 (@NR1620) June 13, 2017
Let’s be honest, for the most part, these gimmicks are pretty bad. These organizations are trying though, so they should get some props for that at least.
Okay, full disclosure: sometimes the clubs don’t appear to be trying very hard.
This is definitely not the case for the Oakland A’s, who have taken the “Bark at the Park” trend and made it awesome!
— Oakland A's (@Athletics) July 23, 2016
The tweet above was from last year’s event. Oakland pitcher Chris Bassit and his doggo participated in some dog surfing at the 2016 Bark at the Park event that raised money for Dogs4Diabetics and the Animal Rescue Foundation.
It was such a hit, the A’s brought it back and there was even more surfing pups!