From Hacksaw Jim Duggan to Conspiracy Theories Night, Spikes Announce Promotions, Appearances for 2017
The defending New York Penn League champion State College Spikes will return to action in June at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, and the St. Louis Cardinals short-season A affiliate once again has a home slate packed with promotions, giveaways and special appearances.
The team announced the full promotional schedule this week, and tickets are now on sale.
Headlining the special appearances and entertainment, professional wrestling great "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan will throw out the first pitch on Aug. 25 before the Spikes 7:05 p.m. game with the Williamsport Crosscutters. He'll also sign autographs as part of a meet-and-greet with fans.
The ever-popular Cowboy Monkey Rodeo returns on Aug. 12 for the 7:05 p.m. game against the Vermont Lake Monsters. Tim "Wild Thang" Lepard and Team GhostRiders will bring the monkeys riding dogs herding rams to entertain throughout the night.
Another returning favorite, Human Cannonball David "The Bullett" Smith will soar in a post-game blastoff after the July 3 game against the Batavia Muckdogs.
The Spikes will host A Salute to Conspiracy Theories Night on July 19 "including a first pitch by D.B. Cooper, proof of flying saucers, and plenty of tinfoil hats to prevent mind control," a release from the team said. The Spikes will wear conspiracy theory-themed jersey that will be auctioned off to benefit the Children's Miracle Network.
Bark in the Park Night returns on four dates, with fans able to bring their dogs on June 22, July 2, and Aug. 8 and Sept. 4 ("Lab-or Day").
Fireworks are scheduled for opening night (June 19) as well as July 9, July 23, July 30, Aug. 13, Aug. 27, Sept. 3 and Sept. 7.
The team will recognize the 2016 NYPL championship with Championship Celebration Night on June 23, with the first 500 fans receiving replica championship rings.
Paint the Park Pink Night on July 30 will support the fight against breast cancer. The team will wear pink boxing robe-themed jerseys that will then be auctioned off to benefit the Mount Nittany Health Foundation.
Other theme nights include First Responders Appreciation Night (July 3), Military Appreciation Night (July 9) and many more. July 23 will see a dual celebration of National Hot Dog Day with fans choosing a #TeamKetchup or #TeamMustard at the gate. It also will be Pig in the Park Night, "where pigs are invited to enjoy a ballgame compliments of the Spikes," according to the team release.
A Jesse James bobblehead -- honoring the former Penn State and current Pittsburgh Steelers tight end -- will be given away to the first one 1,000 fans at the regular season home finale on Sept. 7.
One fan will drive away from the Sept. 3 game with a Kia from LionCountry Kia, and hat giveaways are scheduled for Aug. 11, Aug. 13 and Aug. 26. Each of those nights the first 1,000 fans will receive a different Spikes ballcap.
On June 30, a 2016 NYPL Championship Fleece Blanket will be given to the first 1,000 fans.