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The 15 Worst MLB Ballpark Giveaways So Far in 2014

15 Worst MLB Ballpark Giveaways So Far in 2014

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MLB teams are always coming up with new and interesting giveaways to lure more fans to the ballpark. Sometimes these promotions are a big success, but other times they leave fans yearning for something much better. Please join me as I take a look at 15 of the worst freebies that have been handed out in big league stadiums thus far in 2014.

15. Cincinnati Reds: Star Wars Poster

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15. Cincinnati Reds: Star Wars Poster

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Wouldn't you just kill to have a poster with the iconic Darth Vadar, Yoda and "Obi-Wan Creepy Reds Mascot"? To a Star Wars fan, this is an insult to your beloved franchise, and to a Reds fan, you should just be embarrassed. Feel free to do a quick Google image search and decide for yourself.

14. Cincinnati Reds: Mother's Day Cosmetic Bag

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14. Cincinnati Reds: Mother's Day Cosmetic Bag

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This one is actually a nice idea. Cosmetic bags are pretty popular these days, so it makes sense to hand these out on Mother's Day. Too bad the Reds had to plaster their team logo all over it. I understand this is being given out to fans, but most women wouldn't be caught dead carrying this in public. This one is for die-hard Reds fans only.

13. Detroit Tigers: "April in the D" Anibal Sanchez 17-K game DVD

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13. Detroit Tigers: "April in the D" Anibal Sanchez 17-K game DVD

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When's the last time you popped in a DVD of a relatively meaningless April baseball game from 2013 because one pitcher struck out a lot of hitters? I'm guessing not that often, and I have to imagine 99 percent of these are still in the plastic. Nobody watches these, so please stop giving them away.

12. Los Angeles Dodgers: Andre Ethier BBQ Apron

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12. Los Angeles Dodgers: Andre Ethier BBQ Apron

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Any respectable grill-master needs a quality apron to keep his clothes clean and make him look official. Too bad the Dodgers didn't go with one of their more popular players, or even one of their better players for this giveaway. Nobody is going to be impressed when you're wearing the apron-uniform of the team's fourth best outfielder.

11. Seattle Mariners: Mariners Beard Hat Night

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11. Seattle Mariners: Mariners Beard Hat Night

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I know these things are somewhat popular, but has anyone ever put one on while sober? If someone did, I imagine they would immediately realize how ridiculous they look, and promptly put this abomination in the trash where it belongs.

10. San Francisco Giants: Buster Posey Kids T-Shirt

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10. San Francisco Giants: Buster Posey Kids T-Shirt

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At least the beard hat doesn't look as stupid as this shirt does. Considering I couldn't find a single picture of it on any of the Giants social media sites, I must conclude that even they realize what a terrible idea this was. You can do a quick Google search for it, just look for the foam looking chest protector sewn onto a cheap T-shirt.

9. New York Mets: Bartolo Colon Poster

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9. New York Mets: Bartolo Colon Poster

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I understand that the pickings are slim for Mets management, but Bartolo Colon? Really? What kid out there wants a 41-year-old, well past his prime and clearly out of shape athlete on his wall? If Michael Jordon were dead, he'd be turning in his grave.

8. Los Angeles Angels: Albert Pujols Gnome

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8. Los Angeles Angels: Albert Pujols Gnome

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Man is this thing creepy looking. When I look at this monstrosity all I can imagine is it coming to life and chasing me around with that tiny little bat. I have no issue with the idea behind this, but my god can we make it look a little less evil? Please?

7. Colorado Rockies: Batting champ gnome

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7. Colorado Rockies: Batting champ gnome

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See, this one looks much better and far less demented. The real problem here is the creative liberty that was taken. Why on earth is Michael Cuddyer wearing a boxing robe and sporting a championship belt? I thought he had the best batting average, not the best uppercut! I think someone let their 8-year-old make this call. Seriously.

6. Tampa Bay Rays: DJ Kitty Plush Hat

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6. Tampa Bay Rays: DJ Kitty Plush Hat

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I'm sure the good people of Tampa are very fond of these ridiculous things. Maybe this is because the mirror hasn't been invented down there yet, or perhaps there's some sort of mind-control witchcraft going on. Either way, someone should get FEMA on this, because these things are a fashion disaster.

5. Texas Rangers: Prince Fielder Bobblehead

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5. Texas Rangers: Prince Fielder Bobblehead

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Most people seem to like bobbleheads, but I imagine the vast majority around Arlington Texas don't like this one. Not only has the Prince been terrible since coming to the Rangers, but he's now done for the year with a bad neck. It wasn't the worst giveaway at the time, but I doubt this is being proudly displayed in many homes.

4. New York Yankees: Herbs Seed Packet Night

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4. New York Yankees: Herbs Seed Packet Night

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Bat day, free poster night, magnet schedule giveaway day, fireworks night, herbs seed packet night. Which of these don't belong? Sure, this is a fine gift for someone you don't really like, but it makes for a pretty dumb giveaway at a baseball game. Stick to what works, people.

3. Philadelphia Phillies: Phillie Phanatic Phun Glasses

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3. Philadelphia Phillies: Phillie Phanatic Phun Glasses

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This man looks like an idiot. There is no other way to put it. Anyone that puts one of these things on their face should be arrested and charged with public dumbery. You're better than this Philadelphia.

2. Houston Astros: Orbit Antenna

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2. Houston Astros: Orbit Antenna

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Hey kids, you see that terrifying mascot thing over there? Well, how would you like one of your very own baseball antenna thingies that it wears on its head? This guy gives me the creeps almost as much as that Albert Pujols gnome, and I could definitely see this giveaway as a cover for using the antenna to control children's minds. I really don't trust this one at all.

1. Los Angeles Angels: Derek Jeter Commemorative Giveaway

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1. Los Angeles Angels: Derek Jeter Commemorative Giveaway

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Derek Jeter had a long and illustrious career for the Angels, and they did a great job of celebrating everything he's done for the franchise. What's that? Jeter played for the hated Yankees? Then why would Angels fans want a certificate that honors a guy who helped dash their World Series dreams just five years ago? Your guess is as good as mine.

Brian Davis is a fantasy sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @SportsGuyBrian, ”Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.