The Minnesota Twins had a great opportunity this summer with the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star game headed to Target Field in July. Considering all of the hype around that game alone, the Twins were going to be sure to cash in. However, what they did in terms of their promotions may have made for one of the best bobblehead seasons ever.
Starting things off in June was none other than Mr. Minnesota Twins himself, Harmon Killebrew. With most of Twins Territory still reeling from the passing of The Killer, a bobblehead commemorating him was a perfect touch. The first All-Star game hosted in Minneapolis was at Metropolitan Stadium in 1965, one that Killebrew played in.
Following Killebrew was another legend, one not tied only to the Twins, but someone who embodied so much more than baseball. Lou Gehrig, and his famous speech, were honored as the Yankees came to town on July 4. While facing an imminent death battling ALS, Gehrig had the courage to exclaim that he considered himself “the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”
Immediately after Gehrig, the Twins shifted the focus back to their own All-Stars players. A current coach on the Twins staff, and participant in the second All-Star game in Minneapolis, Tom Brunansky was honored. As the summer classic came to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in 1985, Bruno was representing the Twins colors.
This weekend, against the Los Angeles Angels, the Twins will signify a changing of the guard as they honor a current All-Star caliber player. Minnesota native Glen Perkins will be brought to life in bobblehead form following his appearance in this summer’s game. Perkins will be handed out to the first 10,000 fans at Target Field on Saturday September 6.
To cap everything off, the Twins will be present 1,500 season ticket owners an opportunity to secure a final limited edition bobblehead for the summer. While he was snubbed for the All-Star game, Brian Dozier made an appearance in the Home Run Derby, and looked poised to follow-up a strong power output that he has displayed throughout 2014.
Bobbleheads are no new giveaway to Twins fans, the Metrodome used to see lines that would start days ahead of time, but this summer may have been one of the best. Between the players being honored, and the quality displayed in each giveaway, regardless of the record, the Minnesota Twins have their bobblehead promotions to hang their hats on in 2014.