SAN FRANCISCO -- Celebrations and commemorations of the Giants' World Series triumph, as well as four bobblehead giveaways, highlight the club's promotional schedule for the 2011 season. The Giants' opening home series, April 8-10 against St. Louis, will feature events based around the franchise's first Major League title in its San Francisco history. The Giants will raise their championship banner before their April 8 home opener. The first 40,000 fans to enter AT&T Park also will receive the traditional Opening Day calendars.
Giants players and coaches will receive their 2010 World Series rings before the April 9 game. Meanwhile, the first 20,000 fans to enter the park will receive a commemorative ring keycain. Buster Posey will be honored for winning last year's National League Rookie of the Year award on April 10. Pins honoring Posey's achievement will be distributed to the first 20,000 fans. The Giants also will distribute a variety of World Champion items: banners on April 23, replica trophies on April 24, a commemorative canvas on May 7, a cap on May 21 and a pennant on May 22. The quartet of bobbleheads consists of Cody Ross (June 4), Aubrey Huff (June 25), Posey (July 10) and Tim Lincecum (August 27). Other notable giveaways and events include replicas of the Willie Mays statue in honor of the legend's 80th birthday on May 6; wearable blankets on May 20; a fireworks night on June 10; Madison Bumgarner T-Shirts on June 26; striped socks on July 9; belt buckles on July 23; and fedora hats on July 27. Youths age 14 and under will receive Giants skateboard decks on June 12; replica Brian Wilson road jerseys on Aug. 7 and Matt Cain back-to-school lunch bags on Sept. 4. Season tickets are currently available at sfgiants.com. Individual game tickets will go on sale on Feb. 5 beginning at 9 a.m. PT.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.