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Top Ten Reasons to Make ACUP Your Home this Summer

Top_Ten_10.jpgThere are hundreds of reasons to visit us this season at Arrowhead Credit Union Park.  But as the season quickly approaches (only a handful of weeks until Opening Night), we’ll highlight the top ten reasons to cheer on the 66ers beginning April 7!

10. Promotions & Giveaways

We unveiled the 2011 Promotions Calendar last week at 66ers.com and here in The Inland Empire Insider.  Bobbleheads, blankets, national entertainment acts, theme nights…we’ll have it all this year at Arrowhead Credit Union Park.

Through feedback from our loyal fans and from studying our yearly attendance patterns, we learned that fans in the Inland Empire generally prefer giveaway items over any other type of promotion.  Whereas other teams across the country may find success in fireworks shows or hiring the Famous San Diego Chicken, our fans typically enjoy a bobblehead to a dancing bird.

Because you — the people that come through our gates every year — are our most important asset, we aim to give YOU what you want!  We’ll honor the 2010 Cy Young Award winning performance of former 66er Felix Hernandez with a bobblehead on August 20 and commemorate 25 years of baseball in San Bernardino with several San Bernardino Spirit items this season.

There will be a bobbling heads of several real Angels stars, plus one mythical Angel on September 4 when we give away the Angels Gnome Bobblehead.  And it’s not just oversized head figurines that we’ll hand out this year — don’t miss the game on August 21 for your plaid Angels hat, courtesy of San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

As a whole, Minor League Baseball runs on promotions.  While the game of baseball will always be the most exciting and pleasurable sport in existence, it isn’t marketable to every person in a community all the time.  Teams yearly try to outdo one another in creating the most unique experience for its fans, and it usually equals a perfect place for families, workplace picnics or for a night out with friends.

That’s why this summer we want you to experience 66ers baseball at Arrowhead Credit Union Park…the way you want to experience it.  Although we understand that our fans want giveaways, we couldn’t completely abandon our fireworks shows, especially on a night like the 4th of July.  And we want everyone to be able to have a good time at the stadium, which is why Toyota of Redlands 50 Cent Fridays will feature discounts throughout the ballpark for all Friday home games.  And while a giveaway is great, it might not entertain you all night long like the Inflatamaniacs or Christopher.

We’re very proud of our Promotions Schedule this season, and we hope you’re proud to call us YOUR home team!  Look for #9 on the Top Ten list soon, and go 66ers!

The Year of the FAN!

“F” – Fan Events

In 2011 the 66ers Office Staff wants to continue their sense of “community” all year long. Be on the lookout for various events (bowling, bbq’s, movie events, post-game parties, etc) in the near future. You can be the first to find out about any upcoming events by “liking” the Inland Empire 66ers on Facebook or subscribing to our E-Newsletter. Most of our events will be open to the public, as we want to spread the good will of the 66ers brand in the community. In the next week be on the lookout for an event that will be coming up in January.

“A” – Angels on the Field and in the Community

2011 is going to be an exciting season in the Inland Empire as the Los Angeles Angels set up shop in San Bernardino. The Angels farm system has been one of the best in baseball in recent years and the talent that will be on display at Arrowhead Credit Union Park should be no exception. The Angels Organization will be a very active figure in San Bernadino and the Inland Empire. A recent example of their generosity was on display at the Loma Linda Children’s Hospital where Angels’ farmhands Tyler Chatwood, Eddie McKiernan, Eric Oliver, and Chris Pettit, as well as the 66ers Dance Team visited with the kids and left some presents behind.


(From L-R; 66ers Dancer Shay, Chris Pettit, Eric Oliver, Tyler Chatwood, Eddie McKiernan, 66ers Dancer Karissa)

“N” – Never A Dull Moment

Whether it is the great dancing and antics of our loveable mascot Bernie, the energy that the 66ers Dance Team provides, or the sound of the train whistle following another 66ers run, the 2011 season promises to deliver excitement each and every day. To join the fun is really easy: please give us a call at 909-888-9922 to get your season tickets or mini-plans today to make sure you don’t miss out!

All About the Kids

Baca.jpgBernie, Ronald McDonald, Congressman Joe Baca and hundreds of excited children.

Just a few names of those who helped deliver a memorable day last weekend at Arrowhead Credit Union Park.  More than 800 kids from San Bernardino, Rialto, Loma Linda and other surrounding areas took the field as part of the Joe Baca Foundation Baseball & Fitness Clinic, aimed at teaching baseball and healthy living skills to local youth.

Former baseball professionals and future MLB stars like Dodgers prospect Trayvon Robinson, Astros prospect Vincent Velasquez, Giants prospect Bryan Salsbury, Marlins prospect Greg Burns and Cardinals prospect Mike O’Neill took the children — ages 7 through 13 — through on-field drills, and spoke to the kids in length about making wise choices throughout life.

Ronald McDonald even showed up to present each kid with a free Happy Meal as they left the stadium.  Other vendors sacrificed their day to set up booths around the ballpark, allowing children time in inflatables and offering free baseball memorabilia like baseball cards and caps.

The day was highlighted by the event you see in the picture above.  Unfortunately some kids had to leave well before this, but the ones that stuck around were treated to a short presentation from Congressman Joe Baca about his childhood, and how he always wanted to be a professional baseball player.  He let them know that although one door was eventually closed for him — as his talents on the baseball field never blossomed into a big league career — he succeeded in another direction, and is now a representative for his community in Washington DC.

He then turned the microphone over to Daniel Carroll, a Mariners prospect who had also been working with the children throughout the day.  Daniel encouraged the kids to stay in school and to stay away from drugs, and let them know what it took for him to reach his goals of being drafted by the Seattle Mariners.

No child seemed to leave the park unhappy, and although every one of them experienced an unforgettable day by playing ball on a professional baseball diamond, the most rewarding part was seeing the kids have fun.  We’re so proud to have had the opportunity to host the event, and we can’t thank the Joe Baca Foundation and each volunteer enough for their time in welcoming so many to the ballpark!

For a complete photo gallery of the event, check out our Facebook page by clicking here.

AngelsWin.com Top Prospects

Yesterday the Voice of the 66ers Sam Farber gave us a great breakdown of some Angels prospects who have the potential to land in the Inland Empire in April.

Our friends at AngelsWin.com took it a step further and have listed the top 50 prospects in all of the Angels system.  Take a look now and hopefully we’ll see some of these guys in 66ers uniforms after Spring Training.

Click here for a direct link to the article.

A World of Angels

angels_a.jpgWith just a few days left before the holidays, the 66ers want to extend a big thank you to a couple of our blog partners. 

The guys at Halos Heaven and Angelswin.com have helped us get our name out to the world of Angels fans since we started this blog a few weeks ago.  The transition from a Dodgers affiliate to an Angles affiliate has been pretty smooth, and we’re so happy to keep our fans from previous years, and to bring in new ones because of the switch.  We’re confident that fans in the Inland Empire choose to come to 66ers games because of the fun and entertaining family atmosphere we provide, but we also know that our fans are very knowledgable about the game.

That’s why we’re so excited to team with these great Angels blogs.  Each post from these guys is a true inside look at what’s happening in Anaheim — and as you know, what happens in Anaheim has more than just at trickle effect in San Bernardino!

With interviews, breaking news, opinions and just about anything else Angels you could imagine, these two blogs are some of the premier access points for Angels fans across the country.  And with only a couple months left until players invade Florida and Arizona for Spring Training, news is really starting to pour out of Angels Stadium.  You won’t want to miss a beat, so check out our partners at Halos Heaven and Angelswin.com

Go Angels and Go 66ers!

A Heavenly Adventure

Angels.jpgIf you check our Facebook page from time to time, you know our staff traveled to Anaheim yesterday to meet with some members of the Angels front office.  Now, when we say front office, don’t confuse that with Tony Reagins and the rest of the baseball operations side.

Our goal is to always find new ways to further entertain you, the fan that comes to Arrowhead Credit Union Park.  Anything that happens between the foul lines is up to the Angels.  We have no say on our roster, our coaching staff, player moves…nothing!  The same reason why we ventured to Florida last week, our meeting with the Angels was to learn new ways to make your experience at the ballpark as best it can be.

We met with their businesspeople.  Their marketing coordinators, ticket officials — some of the most creative individuals in the big leagues.

We can’t really disclose a lot right now, but just know that the 66ers are thrilled to be with the Angels beginning in 2011.  There are opportunities now that we may not have ever been able to accomplish.  Much of our branding efforts will coincide with the Angels and we’ll coordinate promotions with them.  Basically, just know that you have things to look forward to…

We’re very fortunate to have our Major Leage affiliate within driving distance.  Most Minor League teams don’t have this luxury.  Because of this, we can create a partnership that teams in the Midwest, Carolina, Texas, Florida State and other leagues envy.  Really envy.

The New Year is close.  And with the New Year comes only a month or two without baseball before players make their way to Florida and Arizona for Spring Training.  Baseball is just over the horizon, and we couldn’t be more excited.  Just know that with the new affiliation with the Angels, YOU have a reason to be excited, too!

All Aboard

polarexpress.jpgTo celebrate the holidays, the City of San Bernardino and the San Bernardino Economic Development Agency (along with the 66ers, of course!) have invited our fans out to the ballpark this Friday night for a special screening of The Polar Express. 

Gates will open at 6:15 and the movie begins at 7.  Stick around afterwards for fireworks that will start a little after the credits roll.  You show up…we provide the cookies and hot chocolate.  And it’s all completely FREE!

But everyone knows that one of the most important parts of the holidays is giving.  So we’re asking that if you come out, make sure to bring an unwrapped toy for the Spark of Love Toy Drive.  Of course, we’ll let you in without a donation.  But we’re confident that all our fans will want to make sure every child in the Inland Empire has a Merry Christmas.

So make plans now to come on out to Arrowhead Credit Union Park tomorrow night.  For more information, click on over to 66ers.com or read the article here!

More from Florida


photo13_cropped.jpgDay 2 of the Winter Meetings has come and gone.  Today had a little bit of player movement as Carlos Pena inked a reported one-year, $10 million deal to be the new first baseman of the Chicago Cubs. 


In other activity, the Yankees contingent made the short drive to their complex in Tampa to officially sign icon Derek Jeter to a 3 year deal.  Back in the Dolphin and Swan Resort, everyone was relieved to find out that Rockies Manager Jim Tracy is ok, following his collapse in the lobby on early Tuesday morning.


Tuesday was a day of interviews for the 66ers staff, as Director of Group Sales Steve Pelle’ and Assistant Director of Groups Joe Rugo (shown in the picture above), joined Director of Promotions Matt Kowallis and Vice President of Marketing Kevin Shaw in interviewing candidates for potential intern positions with the staff. 


Following a long day of interviews and meeting a lot great and energetic people, a few offers were made.  We will be hoping to unveil our new hires in the next couple of days.


Following the interviews, the staff joined Tony Reagins, Mike Scoiscia, Tim Mead, Abe Flores and the rest of the Angels contingent in Abe’s suite for an “Angels Cocktail Party” for all of their Minor League Partners.  Fun was had by all as the staffs of Orem, Cedar Rapids, Inland Empire, Arkansas, Salt Lake City and the Angels all caught up on the past years events.  We want to thank the Angels for all of their great hospitality!


As you can see it was a busy day for the Front Office Staff.  Stayed tuned as more pictures, happenings, and an update from the Trade Show will be up shortly.


And as always, continue to check our Facebook page for pictures from Florida!

Florida: Day Two



Monday at the Winter Meetings is the day of the Freitas Business Seminar.  In the morning, attendees gathered together to hear presentations about Social Networking, Successful Promotions, New Sales Techniques, and other new and improved ideas from members of the Minor League Baseball Community.  Following the presentations, there was an awards luncheon where the organizations of the year were honored.  An Elmore Sports Group (owners of the 66ers) won a prestigious award, as the Idaho Falls Chukars were chosen as Short-Season organization of the year.  Check out the link here for an article: http://www.growidahofalls.org/content/chukars-organization-wins-bob-freitas-award.  Congratulations to General Manager Kevin Greene and his very hard-working staff.


After lunch, it was “Roundtable Time” as attendees chose presentations to attend which included information about sales, marketing, operations, merchandising, community relations and website development.  These sessions were very informative and the 66ers look forward to implementing some of the programs at Arrowhead Credit Union Park this year.


Following the session in the lobby, Padres Manager Bud Black joined Chris Rose and the MLB Network team to discuss the finalized Adrian Gonzalez trade.  During this time, Kevin Towers, the new General Manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks and representatives from the New York Yankees were busy working the phones.  Towers traded long-time third baseman Mark Reynolds to the Orioles and the Yankees were busy finalizing Derek Jeter’s extension and trying to see what it will take to acquire Cliff Lee.


Monday evening also included the Elmore Sports Group Dinner.  A special thank you goes out to Mr. Dave Elmore and his son D.G. Elmore who hosted the great event at the Blue Zoo Restaurant in the Dolphin Resort.  It was a festive evening and included representatives from all of the Elmore Sports Group teams:  Colorado Springs Sky Sox, San Antonio Missions, Idaho Falls Chukars, Eugene Emeralds, Helena Brewers, and Bakersfield Blaze.


What an exciting Monday in Orlando!  Can’t wait to see what happens on Tuesday.  In our next update, we will fill you in about any other player movement, the PBEO job fair, the Trade Show, and the Angels Cocktail Hour.

Far from a slow start…


photo3(new).jpgThe staff arrived in Orlando on Sunday for the 2010 Baseball Winter Meetings in Orlando.  After landing at the airport and a short cab ride to Walt Disney World, we checked into the host hotel, the The Swan and Dolphin. 


The lobby was abuzz with Major League owners and general managers, Minor League staffs, agents and media from around the globe in anticipation for a week of action.  Major League Baseball put the final touches on their broadcast set right by a large Christmas Tree in the center of the lobby for MLB Network.


Usually the first day is pretty calm and just a bunch of old pals meeting by the bar and catching up.  But in the middle of the afternoon slate of NFL games, people started talking about a big signing.  When people found out the Nationals signed Jayson Werth to a 7 year, 126 million dollar deal, reaction was plentiful.  People expected him to get 4-5 years and around 80-90 million.  They were astonished that he got the payday that he did…and nonetheless that it was from a team like the Washington Nationals.


So much for a quiet first day.  Will be back later with the happenings of Monday from the Winter Meetings!