IronBirds announce promotions for fast approaching 2014 season

The Aberdeen IronBirds have announced a promotions schedule for the 2014 season. Fan favorites such as Fireworks Nights and Dollar Dog Days return, along with new promotions including the world-famous Cowboy Monkey Rodeo act. The IronBirds will also host a Ripken bobblehead series featuring the likes of Cal, Bill and Cal Sr.

"We are excited to announce our promotion schedule," IronBirds' General Manager Joe Harrington said. "We have received positive feedback from our fans on some of the traditional favorites, but are equally as excited to provide our fans with fresh, next acts including the always entertaining Cowboy Monkey Rodeo."


Opening Night for the 2013 McNamara Division champions is June 20 against the Brooklyn Cyclones. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the first 873 fans will receive a 2014 IronBirds magnet schedule, presented by Wawa. Following the final out, there will be a fireworks display presented by Fireworks Extravaganza.

The IronBirds will host seven additional Fireworks Nights this summer on Saturday, June 28; Thursday, July 3; Friday, July 11; Friday, July 25; Saturday, July 26; Saturday, Aug. 9; and the grand finale fireworks show on Friday, Aug. 22. Dollar Dog Days presented by Esskay also returns this season with $1 hot dogs available at every Sunday home game.

New to Ripken Stadium this year is Rodeo Night, hosted on July 10; features world-famous entertainment act Cowboy Monkey Rodeo. His act has been featured at ballparks across the country and seen on ESPN.

The IronBirds will provide fans with a classic keepsake during its exclusive Ripken Bobblehead Series, starting with Bill Ripken on Friday, Aug. 8, presented by Boyle Buick. The second bobblehead night is Monday, Aug. 11, when the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation honors the Ripken family patriarch and originator of "The Ripken Way," Cal Sr. The final bobblehead night will feature Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. on Sunday, Aug. 24, presented by AT&T.

There will be multiple giveaways this season, each to the first 873 fans entering the stadium, including a McNamara Division championship pennant (June 22), Maryland flag hat (June 27), T-shirt (July 14, Aug. 10 and Sept. 1), camo hat (Aug. 7), pashmina scarf (Aug. 21) and lunch box (Aug. 31).

Superman and his friends will defend Ripken Stadium on Tuesday, June 24 for Super Hero Night, as well as Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, who return for Star Wars Night on Saturday, July 12. Santa will be checking his list when he makes his annual visit to Aberdeen on Friday, July 25. The IronBirds will also proudly honor local military heroes at Military Night on Thursday, Aug. 7.

"Military Appreciation Night is a special night for us here in Aberdeen," Harrington said. "With Aberdeen Proving Ground next door to Ripken Stadium, we are honored to have our bravest men and women, and their families, join us for a night of baseball, while we take time to say 'thank you' to those defending our freedoms."

Individual game tickets go on sale on Saturday, May 17 at IronFest. For more information, call the box office, 410-297-9292, or visit the IronBirds' website, http://www.IronBirdsbaseball.com.