OK, guys, listen up! This is it, the moment I’ve been prepping you all for: The Fresno Grizzlies opening weekend is upon us. As such, I wanted to make sure you all show up to the game as the baseball- AND fashion-loving readers I know you are. That’s why I stopped at the Grizzlies team store in advance this week to see what new fan gear they have to go with the brand spanking new team.
The Grizzlies have all the stuff you’d expect from a team store: the jerseys, the hats, the baseballs, the foam fingers (or in this case, foam Parker masks and claws, too). But the best parts of the store are the items that you can’t find anywhere else: the truly Fresno-centric shirts.
It goes along with the Grizzlies new mantra of being a team that’s all about Fresno (see the “I support Fresno Baseball” shirt). There are tees that just say “Fresno,” along with “Five Five 9,” and “FresKnows.” (Hey Grizzlies, lets chat about getting a FresYes t-shirt in there!) I love these because you can wear them around town just to show your Fresno pride.Since we’re not exactly a tourist destination, stuff like this can be hard to find.
There’s also lots of items featuring the “Farm Grown” logo (a nod to our agricultural roots) and this year’s “Growlifornia” theme. And ladies, this stuff is actually cute! (The bedazzled “Farm Grown” gear from last year is a favorite of mine. Grab one of the sweatshirts from clearance before they’re all gone!)
What truly makes the gear unique is that the Grizzlies staff helps create most of it locally, while many other minor league teams simply sell generic items with team logos on it. The Grizzlies showed off their design prowess last year with the super popular Ninja Turtle Night tees (still available in the store, by the way). And they’re still at it. Merchandise Manager Lalonnie Calderon told me that more new items are still expected to be shipped to the store in the coming days.
Lalonnie is super knowledgeable and available to help with any of your store questions or needs. She said she’s been known to e-mail photos of things to potential shoppers who are looking for something specific. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org and place orders there as well. Some of the items are also on sale online and the store is open from 12 to 4:30 p.m. on non-game days.
Now, the important question is: Am I too old for one of these adorable bears?
Elsewhere in Growlifornia
- Tickets for all the games in the first homestand are available at the Grizzlies box office or on the website. But I selfishly wanted to highlight the special deal that my employer has partnered with the Grizzlies on for ValleyPBS Family Day on April 12th. You can get special $4 Field Level Reserve Tickets by going to the Grizzlies website and typing in the code “valleypbs” or mention the deal at the box office.
- Other promotions planned for opening weekend include a Growlifornia poster giveaway on Opening Night, a Mini Bear Flag giveaway on Friday night along with Jerry Tarkanian theme jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game, a Bear Flag theme jersey and an appearance by BBoy McCoy on Saturday and a Magnet Schedule giveaway on Sunday.
- The Fresno Famous Bobblehead Tournament has ended, and San Joaquin Memorial grad Robin Lopez beat out Ickey Woods by just over 1,000 votes. The Portland Trail Blazers player mounted a heavy social media campaign. His bobblehead will be given away to fans on August 22nd.
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