G-Braves release 2012 promotional schedule

LAWRENCEVILLE -- On Friday the Gwinnett Braves released their promotional schedule for the upcoming season, one that includes 11 fireworks shows, Brian McCann Bobblehead Night and a visit from "Saved by the Bell" principal Mr. Belding.

The G-Braves open their home season on April 12, a night where they will retire the number of legendary Richmond Braves player and manager Tommie Aaron. The first 2,000 fans that night will also receive T-shirts featuring the 2012 schedule.

Other giveaways include fleece blankets from Coolray Heating and Cooling (April 14), Chopper mascot banks and baseballs (June 2 and July 7, respectively) and holiday ornaments (July 25).

The first 2,000 fans in attendance on Saturday, May 12, will receive Brian McCann bobbleheads in honor of the Duluth High School grad and current Atlanta Braves all-star catcher.

Fireworks shows will be held following most Friday night home games, as well as Memorial Day on Monday, May 28. Players and managers will wear camouflage jerseys during the Memorial Day game, which will be auctioned off afterward.

Dennis Haskins -- better known as Principal Belding from the '90s show "Saved by the Bell" -- will drop by for "College Carnival Night" on Thursday, April 26.

The 2012 regular season will conclude with Fan Appreciation Night on Thursday, August 30, with the first 1,000 fans receiving replica G-Braves jerseys.

For a full schedule and list of events, visit www.gwinnettbraves.com.