How do you decide which Blue Jays games you want to attend in a season? Do you plan around special events such as a birthday or anniversary? Do you pick the best or most interesting opponents, like Shohei Ohtani and the Angels? Do you try and line it up to catch the Jays’ best starting pitcher (which should be almost every game this year, thanks to a revamped rotation)?
Or do you pick out the best promotions and giveaways to add to your collection?
I won’t lie, back in the days when I lived in downtown Toronto and had a 15- or 20-game flex pack, the bobblehead giveaways were at the top of my list. I amassed a pretty significant collection, including Marcus Stroman, Aaron Sanchez, Jose Bautista, Jose Reyes, Edwin Encarnacion, Russell Martin, Troy Tulowitzki, and Brett Lawrie. The only one I have of a player who is actually on the current roster is Lourdes Gurriel Jr, which was given away during a weekday afternoon when I walked into the building 10 minutes late with a $20 scalper ticket. A far cry from the days when you had to line up by 10 a.m. to get in as soon as doors opened on a Sunday.
The Blue Jays have released their promotions schedule for the 2022 season, so let’s look a look at some of the highlights. Note that bobbleheads and other giveaways are limited to the first 15,000 fans with the exception of “Specialty Ticket” games.
Friday April 8: Blue Jays cap (45,000)
Saturday April 9: George Springer Bobblehead
Friday April 15: Jackie Robinson T-Shirt
Saturday April 16: Specialty Ticket: Hello Kitty Bobblehead
Friday April 29: Bo Bichette Bobblehead
Saturday April 30: Specialty Ticket: Snoopy & Woodstock Doghouse
Wednesday May 4: Star Wars Chewbacca Messenger Bag
Monday May 16: Jose Berrios New Blue Jersey
Friday May 20: Blue Jays Green Hat (Country Weekend)
Wednesday June 1: Teoscar Hernandez Bobblehead
Friday June 3: Blue Jays Rainbow Towel
Wednesday June 15: MLB Network Reusable Bag
Thursday June 16: Hyun-Jin Ryu Blue jersey
Friday June 17: Blue Jays Vintage Short Sleeve Sweatshirt
Saturday June 18: Specialty Ticket: Blue Jays Yoga Mat & On-Field Yoga
Wednesday June 29: Blue Jays Player Designed T-shirt
Friday July 1: George Springer Red jersey
Saturday July 2 (Game 1 of doubleheader): Vlad & Dad Bobblehead
Wednesday July 13: Kevin Gausman Bobblehead
Wednesday July 27: Blue Jays Crossbody Bag
Saturday July 30: Blue Jays Floppy Hat
Friday August 12: Blue Jays F.R.I.E.N.D.S. T-Shirt
Saturday August 13: Victory Vlad Bobblehead
Saturday August 27: Blue Jays Bomber Jacket
Friday September 16: Blue Jays Co-Branded Hat with School Logo
Saturday September 17: Blue Jays Spider-Man Figurine