Southern MD Blue Crabs to Give Away 1,000 Live Hermit Crabs on Opening Day

March 10, 2015

Unprecedented Giveaway Marks The Start Of The 2015 Season

somdbluecrabs openingFor the first time ever in minor league baseball history, the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs have announced that each of the first 1,000 fans at the April 24 Opening Day game presented by Wawa will receive a live hermit crab and terrarium container as part of the home opener festivities.

Under the tagline banner of “Anchors Away on Opening Day,” fans can expect a plethora of nautical-themed promotions, including the introduction of the entire Blue Crabs roster as players are brought onto the field in luxury sport boats. Fans will also have a chance to win nautically inspired giveaways throughout the night to celebrate the start of a new baseball season.

In addition to live hermit crabs, the first 1,000 fans at Regency Furniture Stadium for the April 24 opener will receive a 2015 magnet schedule presented by Community Bank of the Chesapeake.

Following the inter-divisional matchup between the Blue Crabs and the Somerset Patriots, fans will be able to enjoy a fireworks display and take part in the return of the popular “Launch-A-Ball” promotion.

Tickets for Opening Day are only available at the official Blue Crabs website which can be accessed at

Hermit Crabs_SoMDBlueCrabs“How crazy is it that we are giving away live hermit crabs for our first game of the 2015 season?” said Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Assistant General Manager Courtney Knichel. “The craziest part about this promotion is the fact that we are doing something that has never been done before, and it is just the first of 70 home games. Fans will just have to wait to find out what else we have in store for them for the other 69 games, but I know that they will not be disappointed.”

13 Responses to Southern MD Blue Crabs to Give Away 1,000 Live Hermit Crabs on Opening Day

  1. Stacy on March 10, 2015 at 8:32 am

    This is a terrible idea. Would you give away free puppies in this manner?? Way to further the notion that hermit crabs are not a live animal and are instead a cheap throw away souvenir. Why should anyone care about 1,000 hermit crabs sentenced to death when its so fun and crazy right!?

    • Chris on March 10, 2015 at 9:20 am

      And I think they are being put in the same category as winning a goldfish at a county fair…which also probably isn’t the best idea.

    • me on March 10, 2015 at 9:34 am

      I agree with 100%..your so thoughts exactly

    • Ellen on March 10, 2015 at 10:08 am

      Are you seriously comparing puppies to hermit crabs?

      • Anonymous on March 10, 2015 at 8:24 pm

        The point is they are living creatures, you must of went to school around here

  2. Chris on March 10, 2015 at 9:12 am

    I agree. Bad idea. How much you wanna bet some will be thrown in the trash or set free in the yard where they DONT belong!

    • me on March 10, 2015 at 10:18 am

      I was thinking starved to death with no water…Rethink this one BlueCrabs

  3. BHC on March 10, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Agree with other comments. Bad idea. I can’t get on board with giving away a living thing, most of which will end up as posted, thrown away, let go somewhere they don’t belong, etc. What are they going to do with the ones that people decline to take (imagine there will be quite a few) or left at the stadium?

  4. r.sanchez on March 11, 2015 at 8:52 am

    bad idea, I believe there is a Maryland law on the books to squelch this inhumane promotion. shame on the blue crabs iw ill boycott their games from here on in:(

  5. matt on March 11, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Anything given away for free, no matter the actual worth will have a lessened value placed on it by the receiving party. In this case, you are dealing with a live creature. One thousand of them.
    It could be assumed half will be dead within a week. For the ones that live, the parents will need to spend about $100 on a suitable environment, which is required to be kept at about 70% humidity.

  6. bluetooth on March 11, 2015 at 10:18 am

    All crabs not given to caring fans will be deep fried and served with cocktail sauce during the 7th inning stretch!

  7. HATE THIS on March 11, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Come on Blue Crabs, this is a HORRIBLE idea. Don’t do it! Such a cruel experience for the hermit crabs and totally unnecessary. There are plenty of other marketing ideas and promotions you can come up with.

  8. fred50 on March 11, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    These responses are great except for one, there is hope for society after all!