Promotions Galore in 2015
Following the 2014 season, the Long Island Ducks surveyed their fans about a variety of topics relating to how they enjoy Ducks baseball and what influences their decision on purchasing tickets. Out of six options determining what most affects their decision to come to a Ducks game, fans overwhelmingly selected promotions/giveaways among the most influential. With that being the case, Ducks fans will have plenty of reasons to make Bethpage Ballpark their home away from home in 2015.
On Monday, the Ducks released their preliminary promotional schedule for the season, something fans had been waiting for throughout the offseason. A breakdown of the schedule shows that of the 70 home games, there are a total of:
-23 Giveaway Nights
-12 Theme Nights
-17 Pyrotecnico Fireworks Extravaganzas
-5 Special events/start times
There is so much already scheduled for the upcoming year on specific dates, and there will likely be some more added as the season goes along. However, even on dates where there may not be a scheduled giveaway or theme, fans will still have a great reason to come to the ballpark aside from the exciting baseball on the field. In 2015, the Ducks will be introducing a brand new Weekly Promotional Schedule that features something taking place each day from Monday through Sunday. More to come on that a bit later in this post.
With so much in store for the upcoming season, and with Opening Day of Ticket Sales just a couple days away (Saturday, March 21), let’s take a look at some of the promotions you won’t want to miss:
Every Night! Weekly Promotions Highlight the Schedule
As you look at the Ducks schedule prior to picking which games you will want to attend in 2015, there will no longer be any curiosity as to whether a certain date has a promotion going on. This year, every night is a promotional night at the Duck Pond! The Ducks have put together a special schedule this year that offers a specific promotion on each day of the week. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays will offer fans the opportunity to win big money prizes if a certain situation occurs. Tuesday and Thursdays give those attending games the chance to receive discounts on either tickets, food or beverages at the ballpark. Saturday nights be highlighted by a Pyrotecnico Fireworks Extravaganza, in fact there will be 17 fireworks shows in total throughout the season. Finally, Sundays will feature the always popular Family Fun Days at the ballpark, complete with pre-game autographs and a postgame Kids Run the Bases. There will literally be good times, every time, at Bethpage Ballpark in 2015. CLICK HERE for more details about this year’s Weekly Promotions.
May 1 – Atlantic League MVP Showcased in Bronze
Fans have become accustomed to Opening Night giveaways at Bethpage Ballpark. Charter sponsor P.C. Richard and Son has long offered the first 1,500 fans at the ballpark a bobblehead featuring a Ducks player, manager, coach, or their lovable mascot, “Whistle Guy.” The bobbleheads were replaced in 2013 and 2014 by an even more sought after item, Replica Championship Rings. However, this year, P.C. Richard and Son is offering the first 1,500 through the gates on May 1 an item that has never before been given away at the Duck Pond: Bronze Figurines. The honored Duck? None other than 2014 Atlantic League Player of the Year Lew Ford. The fan favorite, who put together a record-breaking season in his fifth year with the Ducks, will don the shelves of the “Faithful Flock” following Opening Night as a unique piece of memorabilia. In addition, he’ll receive his MVP Award in a special ceremony prior to first pitch. There may not be a ring and banner raising ceremony this year, as was the case in the past two home openers, but it will still surely be a night to remember. CLICK HERE for more information about Opening Night.
Six Dates in May – Collector’s Series Honors Ducks Greats
The Ducks honored several of their most notable players in 2014 when the franchise unveiled its 15th Anniversary Team, as voted upon by the fans. Recognizing the best in team history will continue in 2015, not only with the retiring of two jersey numbers, but with a special Collector’s Series featuring jersey number pins of five key contributors who have helped make the Ducks what they are today. Fans will receive a Ducks Collector’s Pin Pennant first on May 8, followed by a collectible pin on five separate nights in May. Among those being recognized are:
Bud Harrelson (#3) – Manager/Coach/Co-Owner (2000-present). Pin giveaway on May 13
Justin Davies (#4) – Outfielder (2000-‘05). Pin giveaway on May 14
Doug Jennings (#7) – First Baseman (2000-’05). Pin giveaway on May 23 (Day game)
Gary Carter (#8) – Manager (2009). Pin giveaway on May 24
Ray Navarrete (#16) – Infielder/Outfielder (2006-’13). Pin giveaway on May 31
Friday, June 19 – Justin Davies Jersey Number Retirement Night
Throughout the first 15 seasons of Ducks history, the organization saw a great deal of talented players put on the black and orange. However, despite the many notable names, no one had received the honor of having their uniform number retired by the team. In year 16, that will all change. Justin Davies will be the first player in franchise history to receive the highest honor any athlete can receive by a team, as his #4 will be retired at Bethpage Ballpark. Davies spent six memorable seasons with the Ducks from 2000-‘05, helping the franchise become a staple in the Long Island community. Most will remember the Babylon native for helping Long Island to their first-ever playoff berth in 2004, after four seasons of heartbreak, and subsequently their first-ever Atlantic League championship, of which he was named MVP. Davies became one of the most beloved players by the fans during his time on Long Island, and his name still evokes great memories to this day.
Upon the announcement of his special day to come, Davies commented, “I can’t tell you how honored I am and how humbling this is for me. I will be up there with my family and can’t wait to see everyone at the game. Thank you to the Ducks owners, General Manager Mike Pfaff and the entire staff for making this happen.”
As an added bonus, the first 1,500 fans in attendance on June 19 will also receive a Ducks T-Shirt, courtesy of Petro.
Sunday, August 16 – #16 Joins #4 Among Ducks Immortals
Once Davies retired following the 2005 season, Ducks fans were wondering who might be the next great player to call the Ducks home. During 2006, a 28-year-old infielder from New Jersey named Ray Navarrete joined the Flock and began an eight-year run filled with outstanding seasons and even greater memories. From ’06-’13, Navarrete became one of the top players in the Atlantic League, breaking all the franchise records that Davies had and setting a few league records along the way. Despite the success, Ducks fans will always remember him for the two trophies he helped Long Island win in the final years of his career. The dramatic hits and euphoric celebrations of 2012 and 2013 will forever define Navarrete’s time with the franchise he will always remember as “home.”
After hearing the news that he would join Davies as the first two in team history to have their number retired, Navarrete echoed similar sentiments to the man that preceded him. “I am extremely honored and humbled to be one of [the first Ducks to have his number retired],” he said. “Justin and I have always been linked together by the fans and organization, and it means a great deal to me to be able to share this honor and have my number #16 right next to his #4. To have my number 16 retired in the 16th season of the #Ducks and on the 16th day of #August is beyond awesome! A sincere thank you to the Long Island Ducks, their entire front office and staff, every single Ducks fan who has every rooted for us, the Atlantic League for the platform to compete against incredible talent, and all of my teammates who I had the opportunity of playing with during my 8 years at the pond! Looking forward to celebrating this special occasion with family and friends! This is forever…and forever is cool!”
In addition, the first 1,500 fans through the gates on August 16 will be able to take Navarrete home with them…in bobblehead form, courtesy of his clothing company, Digmi.
As a reminder, individual tickets will go on sale for these games and each of this season’s promotional dates on Saturday, March 21 at Bethpage Ballpark. The ticket windows will officially open at 10:00 a.m., and there will be a host of entertainment going on throughout the morning. CLICK HERE to find out all that is going on during the Ducks Opening Day of Ticket Sales. Baseball will be here before you know it!
Posted on March 19, 2015, in Feature Articles and tagged 2015, Atlantic League, Bud Harrelson, Collector's Series, Doug Jennings, Gary Carter, Justin Davies, Lew Ford, Long Island Ducks, Promotional Schedule, Ray Navarrete, Retirement, Weekly Promotions. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.