Vuvuzela in U.S. baseball worst giveaway...ever

Baseballs and vuvuzelas don't mix
Baseballs and vuvuzelas don't mix

Major league baseball thrives on giveaways; bobble-head day, bat day, ball day, Snuggie day. But vuvuzelas? These plastic one-note horns are the scourge of the World Cup for the incessant blare that fans create with them. The Florida Marlins' decision to give away free vuvuzelas to the first 15,000 customers through the gates on June 19 could rank up there with the worst giveaways. Ever.

And the bar for bad promotions is pretty high. In 1979, the Chicago White Sox fomented a riot on Disco Demolition Night, when, between games of a sold-out double-header, a local disco-hating DJ was to blow up disco records fans had exchanged for $0.98 tickets. After a crate full of records was blown up in the outfield (creating a crater and a small fire), fans rushed the field and chaos reigned. Police in riot gear were eventually required to clear the field.