Typically, the questions most fielded here at Isotopes Park (other than the classic “Are you still playing?” query that is usually posed when there is a cloud in the sky and it happens to be raining in some distant corner of New Mexico) pertain to the club’s promotions schedule, as every season fans eagerly anticipate each giveaway or entertainment act.
This year, the ‘Topes once again are providing a slew of great promotions for fans, highlighted by eight separate fireworks extravaganzas throughout the season. Also on the slate are giveaways like Orbit Bobbleheads, T-shirts, hats, baseballs, and mini-bats as well as entertainment acts like the Famous Chicken (fresh off his gig with Peyton Manning in those commercials), Birdzerk, Zooperstars, and, of course, the irrepressible Myron Noodleman.
Click here for a complete list of Isotopes promotions throughout the year, or click here for a PDF of the entire schedule you can download, print, and slap on the ‘fridge. This will come in handy when individual tickets go on sale on March 14 at 10:00 AM, but more on that later. This year’s promotions stand up as some of the best we’ve done and fans are sure to be excited about what’s in store at Isotopes Park this season.
In on-the-field news, Spring Training games are in full swing (pardon the pun) in Arizona and Thursday was a big day for former (and possibly future) ‘Topes slugger Valentino Pascucci. The “Italian Bazooka” belted a solo homer while going 2-for-2 in the Dodgers’ 16-7 pasting of the rival San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium. Another potential Isotope, infielder Chin-Lung Hu, added a three-run shot in what became a six run ninth inning for Los Angeles.
Pascucci is honing his swing for the World Baseball Classic, in which he will be participating as a member of Team Italy. He will leave Dodgers camp on Sunday to join his teammates, who face a tough draw against Team Venezuela in their first game on March 7 at the Rogers Center in Toronto.
After a contest this Friday against Seattle in Peoria and a game Saturday against the Colorado Rockies in Tucson, the long-awaited opener of Camelback Ranch in Glendale will take place on Sunday, March 1 when the Dodgers host their complex-mates, the Chicago White Sox. You can follow all the Spring Training action at Dodgers.com.