The arrival of spring and with summer's official, sweaty start just around the corner, there's no doubt that sports fans are rejoicing now that Major League Baseball is back, the new NBA and NHL champs will soon be anointed and football season doesn't seem so far away.
When the initial buzz wears off, most of will settle in for the long haul—especially if your favorite MLB club is already DOA with another 100 games to play.
Wins and losses may ultimately be the most important part of any team sport, but they're be no means the boss of your fun this summer. And few leisurely activities hold the promise of making an average day great, like catching a game at the ballpark.
The experience is about the sum total, not the scoreboard (not that anyone will complain if a win serves as the cherry on top of your good time).
While sunshine, family, friends, insanely marked-up beers and overpriced, but delicious, ballpark food are all awesome on their own merit, there's just something extra special about "Promo Night."
Sure...that free hat from "Hat Day" may never fit quite right and tends to dissolve when exposed to anything, but it's value isn't measured by traditional means.
Ball clubs know that promotional giveaways turn a sparsely attended weeknight game into sellout verging on a riot. And it seems that the free goodies get better each year.
These are the most awesome fan giveaways in sports.