Before the season begins when the promotional giveaways are announced I will peruse the list and try to estimate which of these free pieces of swag will draw the most interest and the largest crowds during the season. I have long contended that in a market trying to develop baseball fans it is sometimes the giveaways that will drive the people to experience baseball in person.

To diehard fans this is somewhat blasphemous. Why anyone would actually need an excuse to go to the ballpark to watch a game in person seems inconceivable. The real question should be why aren’t people always at the ballpark and bringing free giveaways to the Diamondbacks as a tribute and thanks much like the Native Americans who brought gifts and bounty to the first Thanksgiving.

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