FREDERICK, Md. - The Frederick Keys have released their promotional schedule for 2013, their 25th season in Frederick.
The Keys will celebrate their silver anniversary with the city of Frederick all season long, the 25th season celebration reaching its climax on Friday, June 28 at Harry Grove Stadium. Former Keys players, coaches and staffers will be honored in an on-field ceremony, as will long-time season ticket holders. Also, the first 1,000 fans in the gate for the 7 p.m. game against Winston-Salem will receive a 25th season baseball card set presented by Keeney & Basford Funeral Home. The set is comprised of one Keys player from every season, 1989-2013.
After receiving rave reviews in 2012, the Cowboy Monkey Rodeo returns to Harry Grove Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 17. Tim "Wild Thang" Lepard and his dog-riding band of primates will entertain fans during and after the 6 p.m. game against Winston-Salem.
In a similar, off-the-wall vein, the Frederick Keys will host Ted Batchelor, better known as Man on Fire, on Saturday, May 25. In a first for Frederick, Batchelor will set himself on fire and run the bases following the 6 p.m. game against Salem.
Sgt. Slaughter continues a wrestling tradition at Harry Grove Stadium on Friday, June 21, the Keys' Fredneck Night presented by YellowCab. Jerry "The King" Lawler and "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan visited the Grove the last two seasons and this year Sgt. Slaughter will run a Fredneck Boot Camp during the 7 p.m. game against Myrtle Beach, which includes fan-favorite event toilet-seat horseshoes.
The Keys will have three bobblehead giveaways this season, handing out the collectibles to the first 1,000 fans in Harry Grove Stadium before each game. 2011 Frederick Key Manny Machado bobbles presented by BayRunner Shuttle will be given out Saturday, May 11 when the Keys host Wilmington at 6 p.m. 2012 Key Dylan Bundy bobbles presented by Frederick Radiology will be given away on Saturday, July 13, Superhero night, before a 6 p.m. game against Carolina. A bobblehead of ESPN baseball analyst and Maryland native Tim Kurkjian will be handed out Friday, Aug. 23, when the Keys host Wilmington at 7 p.m.
Former Washington Capitals great Peter Bondra and Caps mascot Slapshot will be at Harry Grove Stadium for NHL Day on Saturday, April 6, when the Keys continue their season-opening series with Salem in a 6 p.m. game. Fans can bring their dogs to the Grove twice this season during the Dog Days of Summer presented by Crossroads Animal and Referral Emergency, Thursday, June 6 and Thursday, Aug. 22.
On Saturday, Aug. 10, the women of Key City Roller Derby will hold a match in the parking lot before the Keys' 6 p.m. game with Carolina. Keys baseball camps will be held July 1-3 and July 29-31.
One lucky fan will win a three-night vacation to Walt Disney World on the Keys' Disney Night, Saturday, June 29, presented by Frederick Cruise Holidays and mystery will engulf the stadium on Clue Night, Wednesday, July 17. On Wednesday, July 3, fans 21 and over can party like its 1865 on Taste of History Night presented by Brewer's Alley and the National Civil War Medicine Museum, which will feature the premiere of the beer Gettysburg Wheat and an assortment of other Civil War era libations.
The weekly promotional schedule at Harry Grove Stadium, which includes season-long food, drink and ticket specials, will be released later this week.
The Keys' full promotional schedule is below:
April 5 - Opening night, Keys Calendar giveaway presented by H.N. Funkhouser, Keys Magnet Schedule giveaway presented by Kaplan University, Fireworks presented by Frederick Magazine and TransIT, Fun Bus, Keys For Reading (Montgomery and Howard Counties), Boys & Girls Club fundraiser
April 6 - NHL Day, Peter Bondra and Slapshot appearance, MS Walk at Harry Grove Stadium, Keys Calendar giveaway presented by H.N. Funkhouser, Keys Magnet Schedule giveaway presented by Kaplan University, Keys for Reading (Montgomery and Howard Counties)
April 7 - Argo Day, Meet the Team, Keys Calendar giveaway presented by H.N. Funkhouser, Keys Magnet Schedule giveaway presented by Kaplan University, Kids Club Kickoff Picnic, Keys for Reading (Montgomery and Howard Counties)
April 17 - Hispanic Celebration Night
April 26 - Fireworks presented by Amanda Addington RE/MAX Results, Family Fitness Weekend, Youth T-shirt giveaway (ages 12 & under) presented by Amanda Addington RE/MAX Results, American Heart Association fundraiser, Fun Bus
April 27 - Youth water bottle giveaway (ages 12 & under) presented by Amanda Addington RE/MAX Results, Fun Bus, Postgame 1K Fun Run, Family Fitness weekend
April 28 - Zoo and Wildlife Education Day presented by Catoctin Zoo, Fun Bus, Family Fitness weekend, Face Paint by Vicki, Postgame Zumba presented by Fitness First, Catoctin Zoo fundraiser
May 1 - Deaf and Hard of Hearing Night presented by Maryland School of the Deaf, Sign Language Tutorial
May 2 - Senior Day presented by MMI (Mid-Maryland Musculoskeletal Institute)
May 10 - Casino Night, Soolah Hoops, GEICO Gecko appearance, Fireworks presented by Heartfields of Frederick, Keys for Reading (assorted counties), RBBA fundraiser
May 11 - Manny Machado bobblehead giveaway presented by BayRunner Shuttle, Fireworks presented by BayRunner Shuttle, Keys for Reading (assorted counties)
May 12 - Mother's Day, Brunch in Mattress Warehouse Club, Keys for Reading (assorted counties)
May 22 - $2 Pepsi Bottle Night
May 23 - History Day
May 24 - Fireworks, New Life Christian School fundraiser
May 25 - Man on Fire, Soolah Hoops, Fireworks
May 26 - Girls Night Out presented by Gold Thumb Jewelry, Postgame Diamond Dig, Fun Bus, Fireworks
June 5 - Celtic Night, Pregame bagpipers and dancers
June 6 - Dog Days of Summer presented by CARE (Crossroads Animal and Referral Emergency)
June 13 - Peanut Free Night
June 14 - Going Green Night, Fun Bus, Fireworks, Keys for Reading (Frederick County), LOUYAA fundraiser
June 15 - Jimmy Buffett Night, Soolah Hoops, Fireworks presented by New Life Chiropractic Center, Keys for Reading (Frederick County), Semper Fi fundraiser
June 16 - Father's Day ticket package, Brunch in Mattress Warehouse Club, Keys for Reading (Frederick County)
June 21 - Sgt. Slaughter appearance, Fredneck Night presented by YellowCab, Fireworks presented by YellowCab
June 22 - Scout Night, Fireworks presented by Wegmans, Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraiser
June 23 - Pajama Night, Soolah Hoops, Meet the Team, Fun Bus, Fireworks
June 28 - 25th Season Night, 25th Season Card Set giveaway presented by Keeney & Basford Funeral Home, Fireworks presented by Keeney & Basford Funeral Home, GEICO Gecko appearance, Heartly House fundraiser, Hat Auction to benefit Heartly House
June 29 - Disney Night presented by Cruise Holidays of Frederick, Fireworks presented by Cruise Holidays of Frederick Keys, Face Paint by Vicki, Seed of Life fundraiser
June 30 - Faith Night, Fun Bus, Fireworks
July 1 - Baseball Camp
July 2 - Around the World Night, Baseball Camp
July 3 - Taste of History Night presented by Brewer's Alley and the National Civil War Medicine Museum, Fireworks by Mattress Warehouse, Baseball Camp
July 12 - Hot Tub giveaway presented by Browning Pool & Spa, Hollywood Stars Night, Fireworks presented by Browning Pool & Spa, GEICO Gecko appearance, Wags to Hope fundraiser
July 13 - Dylan Bundy bobblehead giveaway presented by Frederick Radiology, Superhero night, Face Paint by Vicki, Fireworks presented by Frederick Radiology
July 14 - Fireworks, Fun Bus
July 17 - Clue Night, $2 Pepsi Bottle Night
July 18 - Super Splash Day
July 19 - Christmas in July, Fireworks
July 20 - Salute to the Orioles, Soolah Hoops, Fireworks presented by Rentals Unlimited
July 31 - Military and Civilians Night presented by En-NET Services, $2 ticket for active or retired military
August 8 - 50-Cent Hot Dog Night
August 9 - Daddy-Daughter Date Night, Fireworks, Soolah Hoops, GEICO Gecko appearance
August 10 - Key City Roller Derby pregame match in parking lot, Cancer Awareness Night, Fireworks presented by Community Radiology Associates, American Cancer Society fundraiser
August 11 - Summer Reading program
August 17 - Cowboy Monkey Rodeo, Rubber Ducky giveaway presented by Precision Heating and Cooling, Fireworks presented by PHC, Soolah Hoops
August 18 - Keyote's Birthday, Face Paint by Vicki, Meet the Team, Summer Reading program
August 21 - Pirate Night
August 22 - Dogs Days of Summer presented by CARE
August 23 - Tim Kurkjian bobblehead giveaway presented by Saint John's Catholic Prep, Art in the Park, Jersey Auction to benefit Frederick Arts Council, Frederick Arts Council fundraiser, Face Paint by Vicki, Fireworks presented by Saint John's Catholic Prep
August 31 - Salute to the Gridiron Night, Fireworks, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation fundraiser
September 1 - Guns and Hoses Softball Game, PAL (Police Athletic Activities League) fundraiser Fireworks
September 2 - Fan Appreciation Day