You might not be able to physically attend a MLB game this year, but there are some teams that are getting pretty creative to keep their fans involved.
It’s very unfortunate that we won’t be able to attend games at the Rogers Centre this year, but if all goes according to plan, there could still be baseball in the building.
And while you won’t be able to physically attend the games, there are a handful of professional sports teams that are getting pretty creative when it comes to trying to keep the fans involved, and it might be something the Blue Jays could look into as well.
For example, the Oakland A’s have put together a program that would allow you to be a cutout to attend the games for you. That’s right, it’s a price of $49 for Access Club members, $89 for general fans, and $129 for the Foul Ball zone. Fans will have the opportunity to send in their photos to make sure their cutouts are ready in time for opening day, and to take their seats.
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While it sounds like a goofy promotion, there are some pretty cool ideas that come along with it. In Oakland, if your cutout gets hit with a foul ball the A’s will send it to you. You would also have the opportunity to pick up your cutout at the end of the season, and that would be a pretty amazing piece of fan memorabilia.
If you’re still having trouble buying into the idea, the best part is that it’s all for a good cause. The A’s will be donating the proceeds from the program to the an area Food Bank, to a Youth Development Centre, and to an African American Chamber of Commerce. The MLB has been great about being involved in community programs over the last number of years, and its absence is yet another reason why it’s so unfortunate that the MLB season has been altered and limited so much in 2020.
I’ve yet to hear the Blue Jays talk about doing something similar, but that could be because they’re more focused on where they’ll be having their spring training, and also their regular season games in a few weeks. Planning on the fly can’t be easy, and it’s nearly impossible until they’re able to settle a few other things first.
That said, if the Blue Jays were to copy the parameters of what the A’s have done here, then I’m going to have a hard time picking out which jersey to wear for my photo.