By Mike DeNardo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — As spring training begins, the Phillies merchandising staff is preparing this year’s list of giveaways at Citizens Bank Park. It’s not quite as easy as it used to be.READ MORE: Sources: Authorities Investigating If 2 Police Officers Injured In Fourth Of July Parkway Shooting Were Hit By Stray Bullets
Ballpark freebies for 2015 include the old standbys – baseball caps and T-shirts – and some new wrinkles, such as the Mother’s Day wristlet for women or the Phillie Phanatic stirrup socks for kids.
“We’ve been doing it through big seasons, through down seasons,” says merchandise director Scott Brandreth. We just like the fact that most of the Sundays, there’s something either for mother or for father or for the kids.”READ MORE: Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney Says He'll Be Happy When He's Not Mayor Following Fourth Of July Shooting
With so much uncertainty on the roster this season, Brandreth says one thing not on the list right now is a giveaway tied to a particular player.
“It was fairly easy in the past. We knew exactly, with guys’ long-term deals or whatever. And we could pretty much plug ’em in right away. But it’s different right now. That’s why we kind of left ourselves some flexibility there later in the season,” he says.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Weather: Humid, Unsettled Days Lie Ahead
Brandreth says there will be player-specific giveaways, including a T-shirt June 7…bearing the name of a player to be named later.