The Best and Worst Baseball Giveaways

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BOSTON (TheStreet) — Americans love baseball, but they love free stuff even more. It doesn't matter what's being given away.

Major League Baseball, which begins its season next week, will rely on giveaways and promotions to lure budget-conscious spectators to games this year. Some freebies will be as unoriginal as bobblehead dolls and post-game fireworks. But some will be clever and creative, such as the White Sox's Mullet Night and the Brewer's Stitch n' Pitch deal.

Here are some of the best and worst promotions fans can look forward to this season.

Chicago White Sox

Start growing your hair Sox fans, because July 30 is Mullet Night at U.S. Cellular Field. All fans wearing a mullet hairstyle, whether it's real or a wig, can participate in the Mullet March. The first 500 mullet marchers will get free T-shirts.

Sox players will also participate in Mullet Night, whether they want to or not. During the game, mullets will be superimposed on players' pictures on the park's digital scoreboard. And if you are brave enough, Mullet Night sponsor Great Clips will have several haircut stations around the stadium. Donations collected at these stations will benefit the Ronald McDonald House and White Sox Charities.

Cleveland Indians

The Indians will offer a "Lunch and Three Innings" deal to encourage local workers to take their lunch breaks at Progressive Field. For $15, fans get seats and $10 vouchers to use in the park during select afternoon games.

During the Indians' "Beach Weekend" from July 16 to July 18, fans can watch fireworks and take home free floppy hats. Children under 12 will receive free Webkinz stuffed animals.

Kansas City Royals

Fans can enjoy "all-you-can-eat seats" for nine Wednesday games. For $35, you get a seat in the nosebleed section and all the hot dogs, nachos, peanuts, pretzels and PepsiCo products you want.

June 16 is "free hot dog night," a self-explanatory deal. The Royals will also host seven "buck nights" and 14 college nights. Buck nights features a menu of hot dogs, small drinks, peanuts and Twinkies for a $1 each. On college nights, students can get into Kauffman Stadium for $7 and take advantage of food and drink specials.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

In June 2002, the Angels started using "the rally monkey" became the team's unofficial mascot. This season, the team will offer rally monkey-themed giveaways. Children will receive rally monkey lunchboxes on April 19, pillow cases on May 15 and soap dispensers on July 31. But enough monkeying around: June 15 will feature the best giveaway: an Angels Fedora hat.

At every game with a giveaway, one of the items will be marked with a "Hidden Halo." If you are the lucky fan with a "Hidden Halo" on your Angels t-shirt or on other prizes, you will go home with an autographed item.

Minnesota Twins

The first 40,000 fans at the Twins-Indians game on April 21 will receive a free Xcel Energy light bulb. On May 9, the Twins will celebrate Mother's Day by giving the first 5,000 female fans a pair of Minnesota Twins earrings.

On June 13, fans can get in shape and partake in Bike to the Ballpark Day. Hopefully, there won't be any wobbly, beer-impaired rides home.

Seattle Mariners

The Mariners invite you to "get on board the Collectible Mariners Train Car series." On June 4, the first 20,000 fans at Safeco Field will receive this year's collectible train, a Felix Hernandez High-Octane Gas Co. car. Past editions include the 2000 Mariners Express Engine, the 2003 Boonie Box Car in honor of Bret Boone, the 2006 "A-Train" for Adrian Beltre, and the 2008 J.J. Putz Flamethrower Express.

Safeco Field will host singles nights on June 19 and Sept. 3. On these nights, the Mariners play matchmaker by seating single people in one section in the stadium. If you buy an exclusive singles-night ticket, your first beverage at the pre-game party is on the house.

Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays will offer fans post-game concerts. On May 15, hip hop artist Nelly will perform after the Rays take on the Mariners. Daryl Hall and John Oates will take the field after the game on May 29 and the Go-Go's will perform on July 10. Make sure you bring the freebie from the May 8 game in case the artists need "more cowbell."

During the season, the Rays will dole out 13 different collectible shirts, superhero capes and Carlos Pena toothbrush holders.

Milwaukee Brewers

At Miller Park there is something for everyone. Spring Madness, Stitch N' Pitch, "Fang-tastic" and "Brew Crew and the Zoo" are a few of the promotions planned at the ballpark this year.

During Spring Madness, April 26-28, the team cuts the price of $30 tickets in half. Fans can also buy small sodas and Klement's hot dogs for $1 each.

In the Brew Crew and the Zoo deal, fans get free tickets to the Milwaukee County Zoo and tote bags when they buy a ticket to one of seven games for $18.

On Aug. 11, Miller Park will invite needle artists to sit in Stitch N' Pitch sections and stop by teaching tables around the stadium. The first 1,000 crafters will get a special edition Brewers Stitch N' Pitch Bernie Brewer Bobble Head dolls.

Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies will host their 7th Annual Asian-Pacific Celebration at Citizens Bank Park on May 3. "Phans" will get the chance to enjoy Asian food, music and dancing.

June 4 is "Phanatic About Reading Night." Every child will receive a Phanatic Galapagos Islands Adventure Book, the eighth book in a series that follows "the adventures of baseball's silliest mascot." On July 25, the Phillies will celebrate Christmas in July.

Washington Nationals

The Washington Nationals aim to help those in need this year. While they hope for line drives, the Nationals will have several food, blood and book drives this season. On April 24, fans are encouraged to bring in books. On Aug. 28, donors at its blood drive will receive T-shirts, game tickets and a chance to visit with the team during batting practice. For a few games in July, the Nationals will host a toy drive for "Christmas in July."

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Arizona Diamondbacks

On May 22, the team will give away Diamondbacks garden gnome figurines for fans' lawns.

St. Louis Cardinals

On April 30, fans will receive fleece "Sluggies," a team version of the popular wearable blanket. On July 2, fans will get "brockabrella" umbrella hats.

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