My previous two posts have focused on “Heritage Nights” that celebrate countries of origin, ethnicity, and other groups in society). There are additional Heritage Nights and festivals being held at ballparks across the country that celebrate religious groups and other important segments of society. These include Celtic Night at the Frederick Keys as well as several celebrations of Mardi Gras.
Clearly, religion is an important part of society, because at least seven teams are celebrating Jewish Heritage, and several teams are hosting Faith Nights and All-Faith Nights, including the Birmingham Barons who have several “Church Nights.” The Iowa Cubs are holding “Christian Night” on June 7 and the Omaha Storm Chasers are having “Lutheran Night” on June 23 and “Mormon Night” on July 8. The majority of “Faith Nights” appear to have Christian themes, including Christian rock concerts and giveaways, such as the Wise Men bobblehead giveaways on June 29, July 11, and August 9 at the Nashville Sounds.
There are also a variety of special nights for military appreciation, scouts, ladies, little leaguers, the Negro Leagues, the World Cup, families, disability awareness, bacon, super heroes, boy bands, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, zombies, and Jimmy Buffett. The Charlotte Stone Crabs even have Lawyer Night, Bankers Night, and Hurricane Awareness Night (the Jacksonville Suns also have Hurricane Preparedness Night). And these days it seems like everyone has one or more Bark in the Park nights (including the Washington Nationals, though they call it “Pups in the Park”).
Only one team seems to be having a “Baseball Anthropology Day.” On May 5, you can “learn about conservation and the diversity of baseball’s culture with this Educational Day” at the Springfield Cardinals’ “Missouri Department of Conservation Educational Day & Baseball Anthropology Day.” The following day you can learn about weather and life-changing lessons learned through sports at the their “KY3 Weather School & Life Lessons through Sports Day.”
Bobblehead Update: Indian Heritage Night (May 17) at the Bradenton Marauders includes a Rinku Singh bobblehead, and on Tuesday, June 10, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will give away an Adam Jones bobblehead!! Other bobbles the Timber Rattlers are handing out (or already handed out) are: Scooter Gennett (4/3), Felix Hernandez (4/5), Brett Lawrie (4/29), David Oritz (5/13), Jim Henderson (7/1), Carlos Gomez (7/20), Asdrubal Cabrera (7/29), Khris Davis (8/3), Martin Maldonado (8/12), and Shin-Soo Choo (8/28). (I’m confused because not all of these players are with the Brewers organization, nor have they ever been. Maybe they’re on their wish list.) And don’t forget the First, Second, and Third Wiseman bobblehead giveaways at the Nashville Sounds!
Here are the remaining “Baseball Heritage Nights” for 2014:
5/23 San Francisco Giants
6/11 Frederick Keys (A)
6/7 Iowa Cubs (AAA)
6/23 Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA) (this is actually “Lutheran Night”)
7/8 Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA) (this is “Mormon Night”)
5/18 Memphis Redbirds (AAA)
5/22 Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA)
6/26 Wilmington Blue Rocks (A)
7/28 San Francisco Giants
8/20 Staten Island Yankees (A)
8/20 Trenton Thunder (AA)
8/31 Lake County Captains (A)
6/12 Lancaster JetHawks (A)
6/26 San Francisco Giants
Mardi Gras Night:
5/1 Birmingham Barons (AA)
7/17 Mobile BayBears (AA)
8/14 New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA) (this is actually “Halfway to Mardi Gras” Night)
8/29 Modesto Nuts (A)