If you've been following me on Twitter for any length of time, you likely know by now that I'm a huge fan of collecting baseball memorabilia. Recently, I've shared pictures of my new office setup, which includes not only autographs, but items obtained at the ballpark as well through promotional giveaways.
Bobbleheads are always neat, t-shirts are nice, and collector's pins can really accent the entire package. However, one of the better promotions I've seen is coming up this Friday, August 12, as the Rangers take on the Detroit Tigers.
The promotion, called the Lowe's Walk-Up, is -- as you would be correct in guessing -- sponsored by Lowe's, and it gives fans a chance to experience a few minutes of what it's like to be in the shoes of Elvis Andrus walking up to the plate.
This is accomplished with a small virtual reality viewer that you assemble and slide your phone into, at which point you can use the viewer like a set of goggles to look around and see all of the sights that Elvis sees when he's preparing for an at-bat at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
Fortunately, Lowe's was gracious enough to send me a viewer to play with ahead of time, and like the kid at heart that I am, I wasted no time in having some fun.
For starters, the box. The viewer itself rests just inside, and there are instructions on assembling the viewer. Very straightforward, easy, and from there, the only thing needed is your phone.
With the viewer assembled, prior to inserting my phone, I merely needed to visit loweswalkup.com/rangers from my phone. At that point, you're able to play the video in 360 degree view. Yes, you can really turn and view your surroundings, hear the sounds, and if you're like me, you'll find yourself saying "hello" back to Elvis when he greets you.
I'm a sucker for technology, so this is all pretty neat to me. If that's you, it's worth checking out. If not? Well, it's easy to use, so it's still worth checking out.
The great news is that if you head out to Friday night's game, the first 12,000 fans in attendance will receive one. Even cooler? There are a great number of videos on YouTube that are compatible with the viewer, so the playability extends well beyond what I'd initially expected.
Lowe's and the Rangers have teamed up to create a neat little exhibit, and it's definitely worth checking out, and plus, you know, getting to watch a baseball game on a Friday night complete with post-game fireworks.
Will you be at Friday's game? Be sure to use #RangersWalkup on Twitter!