I ran across this this morning as I was poking around for Cardinals’ related news. Cardinals’ minor league shortstop Vance Albitz has begun a program to collect gloves and baseballs and send them overseas to troops. He’d read in a news article the response of a soldier who said he’d really like a glove and a baseball to play with and Albitz decided to start this collection drive. According to his site he has sent 212 gloves to soldiers so far. His goal was to send 1,000 gloves before he has to pack up and head to Florida for Spring Training with the Cardinals.
You can donate gloves, baseballs, or even cash (which is just as good as money) to help pay for shipping expenses.
You can check out the website for more information, www.gloves4troops.com. Maybe even donate if you feel like it. I’m wishing I hadn’t trashed my backup glove over the summer. I thought it was a very cool idea. He has some updates and pictures on his Twitter page as well.
The St. Louis Cardinals announced the promotional schedule for the 2013 season today. It will feature replica jerseys, replica rings, bats, socks, and of course, everyone’s favorite giveaway, bobbleheads.
It will kick off with the schedule magnet giveaway at the home opener against the Reds. You can get a Stan Musial Harmonica on April 12th against the Brewers. The Bobbleheads include Carlos Beltran (April 28th), Mike Shannon with voice chip (July 5th), Ozzie Smith (July 19th), and Mike Matheny (Sept 13th).
There are some cool ones that I’d like. Like the Team Canvas Print (August 23rd) or the Molina replica Gold Glove Award (April 14th) or the 2006 Replica Championship ring (April 26th). But I don’t know if it’s really get me going to extra games.
All this got me thinking, do promotional giveaways really sell more tickets? There has to be some evidence to support it, or they’d have stopped doing it. But they don’t really work much for me. I’d still be going to the same number of games. I may move one of the ones that I attend to a particular promotional item if I wanted one. Or I could just find it down the road on eBay.
I go for the game not the giveaway, but maybe that’s just the mentality of a hardened fan and not a casual fan. Kids love the giveaway stuff too, I guess.
But how about you? Do they affect what games you go to? Would you go to a game specifically for the giveaway? And if so, what giveaway?
Maybe this is a little bit of a State of the Blog post. While the 2012 season was not successful as the 2011 season was in terms of visitors to the blog, I was unable to be as reliable with posting as I wanted. That left me contemplating several options going into this offseason. After two years had my blog run it’s course? No, I was still interested in writing about the Cardinals. I wanted to have a blog, I wanted to have a place to share. So the goal became finding a way where I could maintain the blog like I felt it needed to be maintained, but still not completely ignore my job and my wife.
So here comes my plan for Redbird Dugout in 2013. Less conventional blogging, more shorter posts. The idea is that it’s more like a Tumblr-style where posts aren’t as long, but posts may be more frequent and more focused on one simple thought. While I’m sure there will be the occasional 1,000+ word missive, I’m expecting those to be rare, maybe once a week at most. The Tumblr-style will also allow me to feel like I can share more baseball related things I find. A funny baseball image? Post that up. A good quote from someone? Post that up too.
With the conventional style, the pressure was on to treat it like I would a regular sports website. At least it was from myself. The change should help.
We are up with the new format right now. There is still a few little display fixes yet to do, but for the most part, the base site is now ready. I’m excited for what 2013 can hold for Redbird Dugout and hopefully it’s closer to 2011 success than 2012′s failures. Preview season will start soon and we’ve got just 47 days until baseball is played again. The excitement is building.