The Tennessee Smokies — Double-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs — are hosting a “Free Beer Night” for their game against the Jackson Generals on Aug. 22 at Smokies Stadium in Kodak, TN.

Yes, Free Beer Night. But as you likely assumed, there’s a catch.

To be able to get free beer in the stadium, you need to purchase — or already have — a 2018 Smokies Mason Jar. And the free beer — which begins at first pitch — is only available until the opposing team scores a run.

So if the Generals hit a leadoff homer, that’s officially the end of the free beer. However, if the Smokies throw a shutout, the beer would be free all game (or at least until they cut off concessions, typically in the seventh inning at ballparks).

It would be a classic Theo Epstein prank to choose this as the game for Yu Darvish to make a minor league rehab start. And that would be one hell of a rough night for the Smokies’ stadium workers (unless they got some of the free beer too, of course).

A Milwaukee brewery ran a “free beer until the Packers” score special last year… and they probably regretted that decision.

About Matt Clapp

Matt is an editor at The Comeback. He attended Colorado State University, wishes he was Saved by the Bell's Zack Morris, and idolizes Larry David. And loves pizza and dogs because obviously.

He can be followed on Twitter at @Matt2Clapp (also @TheBlogfines for Cubs/MLB tweets and @DaBearNecess for Bears/NFL tweets), and can be reached by email at

1 thought on “Tennessee Smokies hosting a beer night that will have thousands of fans wasted if the team throws a shutout

  1. I hope the Generals score a lead off home run so EVERYONE in line for free beer can riot when NO ONE gets; one first pitch would be great. If I was the GM I would go to the starting pitcher and tell him I have $1,000 for him to groove the first pitch. That would be fun to see.

Comments are closed.