With the start of another season comes an assortment of giveaways and promotional nights at Dodger Stadium. The Los Angeles Dodgers’ 2017 promotional schedule includes a giveaway or promotion for 65 of 81 home games.
That ratio not only is unprecedented throughout Major League Baseball, but all professional sports. But more than providing fans with additional incentive to attend games, the Dodgers remain focused on providing quality products and meeting demands.
Such is the case with this year’s chips and salsa dish, which is also a favorite of Dodgers vice president of ticket sales David Siegel. He provided a select group with a first look at several of the Dodgers’ giveaway items.
The luncheon, held inside the Ketel One Baseline Club at Dodger Stadium, also included a taste test for new food options that will be offered at Chavez Ravine in 2017, and perhaps beyond. But more on that later.
The ever-popular bobbleheads are returning this season, with 10 different models scheduled to release. Along with the introduction of a chips and salsa dish, new items include a commemorative coin series, portable phone charger and weekender bag.
Last season’s knit cap returns, but with a bit of a twist as the 2017 version features a white pom on the top. The cap will be available to the first 40,000 fans in attendance on April 18.
One day later, the Dodgers introduce their commemorative coin series by honoring Tommy Lasorda’s induction into the Hall of Fame.
The first of this season’s bobbleheads is of Corey Seager, fashioned with his 2016 National League Rookie of the Year Award. That will be provided to the first 40,000 fans in attendance for the Dodgers’ game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday, April 29.
Building on the popularity of the Dodgers’ matte helmets, complete with a 3-D logo, a kids’ replica version will be distributed to the first 12,000 children 14 and under on April 30.
Orel Hershiser is also the subject of a commemorative coin, with the May 1 giveaway honoring his 59 consecutive scoreless inning streak.
Arguably what will finish as the most-coveted 2017 giveaway, the Vin Scully microphone is being distributed on May 3, fittingly when the Dodgers host the rival San Francisco Giants. The microphone giveaway accompanies the scheduled Vin Scully Ring of Honor pregame ceremony.
The aforementioned chips and salsa dish will be given to the first 40,000 fans in attendance on May 8.
Coming off a career season and incredible showing in the playoffs, Kenley Jansen gets his own bobblehead on May 10. Jansen is entering the first of a five-year, $80 million contract with the Dodgers.
While some nights may still be cool at Dodger Stadium, the quarter-zip pullover sweater will be passed out May 20.
A Joc Pederson bobblehead, the third such giveaway of the season, will be given to fans on May 23.
In time for a quick Memorial Day or summer vacation, distribution of a Dodgers weekender bag is set for May 25.
Coinciding with a useful summer-time item, fans can obtain a bluetooth speaker on July 8.
What the Dodgers did not provide a sample of, but confirmed, is a replica Jackie Robinson statue will be given to fans in attendance on Jackie Robinson Day (April 15). That same evening, the team will unveil the Jackie Robinson statue on the reserve level of Dodger Stadium.
The complete Dodgers 2017 promotional and giveaway schedule can be viewed here.