Major League Baseball does a good job promoting itself on Father's Day. It advertises a visit to the game with dad as a bonding experience that every child should have.
Some teams do this better than others, and a few are just horrible at it. From charging a small amount to get into a game to great giveaways, most teams make it a fun day for a dad and his kids.
Others, led by the Oakland A's, gouge families at every chance they get on Father's Day. Read my post from last year to see how the A's rip families off. It continues this year in Oakland, where it costs $74 to play catch with your kid on the field after the game, and that doesn't include the price of tickets if you want to watch the game. I'll detail all of it later.
Best teams on Father's Day
Here's a roundup of what all MLB teams hosting games on Father's Day on June 19 are doing to attract dads and kids, with an idea of how much tickets will cost: All game times are local at home ballpark. Not all ticket prices may be available, so buy tickets soon.
The teams are listed from best to worst for how they treat dads on Father's Day, though much of this is open to argument:
1:10 p.m. vs. Milwaukee. Tickets: $35 to $1,050.
Unlike many teams that have promotions aimed at kid, the Dodgers have one for dads: Free Father's Day boxers with the Dodgers logo all over them.
The Dodgers also have a free postgame catch on the field, allowing dads to play catch with their kids. There's also a pre-game event called Viva Los Dodgers with live music and other activities.
1:10 p.m. vs. Colorado. Tickets: $16-$114.
The Marlins have a lot of promotions on this day, including a free Don Mattingly T-shirt to the first 5,000 dads, and a chance to play catch with dad after the game on the field for free. Yes, free.
The Marlins also have a deal for four tickets for $74, which includes four hotdogs and sodas.
San Diego Padres
1:40 p.m. vs. Washington. Tickets: $17.50-$100.
The Padres don't have any specific events for Father's Day, though dads can play catch for free on the field after the game. Like all Sunday games, San Diego hosts a bunch of events for kids.
Members of its Compadre Kids program can play catch on the field after the game with their dads, get player autographs, run the bases and attend a batting clinic.
There's also Domingos Padres at Sunday games, a celebration of Hispanic culture with many family activities. ...continue reading