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The Tampa Bay Rays held one of baseball's best promotions of the year on June 29 when they gave away Zim Bears to fans at that night's game against the Tigers.
What is a Zim Bear? Glad you asked!
It's a phenomenally awesome teddy bear modeled after 64-year baseball veteran Don Zimmer, who played for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds and Washington Senators and managed the San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs.
In addition to playing and managing, Zimmer has also served as a coach, instructor and advisor and probably slam dunked footballs with Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte and Brian McNamee at some point.
The Zim Bear, believe it or not, is even cuddlier than Zimmer himself!
The only problem with the Zim Bear?
Only the first 10,000 fans through the turnstiles on June 29 were able to get their hands on the coveted collectible, leaving thousands (millions?) of fans regretfully empty-handed.
Alas, the Rays have heard your cries and have obliged the masses with another Zim Bear giveaway!
On Sept. 3, when the Rays play host to the Yankees at 1:10 p.m., the first 10,000 fans to arrive at Tropicana Field will receive a Zim Bear. Gates open 90 minutes prior to first pitch, so get there early to secure yours.
Here's your chance, fans, to acquire an item so coveted that it will likely serve as currency at the conclusion of the Mayan calendar. Get your tickets now and arrange your transportation by plane, train, automobile, bicycle, skateboard, trolley, helicopter or zeppelin to get to the Trop.
If you can't make it, however, don't worry. You'll only regret it for the rest of your life.