Saturday, June 23, 2007

Military Appreciation Night at The Dell Diamond

I was at the Express-Redbirds game last night. They announced that tonight's game would be Military Appreciation Night at The Dell Diamond. Here's all it entails:

  • Free general admission ticket (grass berm seating) to the game against Nashville for any fan who brings one (1) of the following items: batteries, phone cards (AT&T), small flash lights, pens and pencils, paperback books, jokes and comics, disposable cameras, jump ropes, portable CD players, Q-tips, toothpaste and toothbrushes, dental floss, deodorant, sun block and bug spray. Food items, used or damaged items will not be accepted. Items collected will go to (complete list of requested items can be found there). Collection will begin at 6pm at the Home Plate entrance to the ballpark.
  • The team (players and coaches) will be wearing a patriotic jersey for the duration of the game.

  • After the game, the special jerseys will be autographed and will be placed for auction on eBay beginning 10am on Tuesday, June 26th. All proceeds will go to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund

Update 11:41pm:

The Express starter, Philip Barzilla, pitched a complete game, giving up only 6 hits and 1 run, earning himself the win tonight, with the Express over the Sounds 6-1.

As for Military Appreciation Night, in addition to wearing the special jerseys and collecting donations to go into care packages to send to the troops, they also had two big "Thank You Troops" banners out on tables with Sharpie pens so fans could write messages of support. The banners will be sent somewhere overseas. Like was done on Memorial Day, all military veterans, active duty or retired, were asked to stand to be recognized. During the 7th inning stretch, instead of Take Me Out to the Ballgame and The Cotton-eyed Joe, we got God Bless America and You're a Grand Old Flag.

Once the autographed, game-worn jerseys are up for auction on eBay, I'll try to track them down and add the links to them here.


Link to list of all jerseys up for auction (will work on listing individual jerseys as time permits...)


Item will be up for 7 days (ending 9am EDT, Tuesday, July 3rd). Items have a $100 starting reserve price.

Matt Albers, RH pitcher (Since called up to Houston Astros)
Josh Anderson, outfielder
Danny Ardoin, catcher
Miguel Asencio, RH pitcher
Philip Barzilla, LH pitcher
Brooks Conrad, infielder (2B)
Travis Driskill, RH pitcher (Since named as a PCL All-Star)
Paul Estrada, RH pitcher
Jesse Garcia, infielder (SS)
Jared Gothreaux, RH pitcher
Juan Gutierrez, RH pitcher
Burt Hooten, pitching coach
Noberto "Cookie" Ibarra, bullpen catcher
Danny Klassen, infielder (SS)
Jason Lane, outfielder
Mike Rodriguez, outfielder
Mark McLemore, LH pitcher (Since called up to Houston Astros)
Ron "Papa Jack" Jackson, hitting coach
Chan Ho Park, pitcher
Humberto Quintero, catcher
Tim Raines, Jr., outfielder
Cody Ransom, infielder (3B/SS)
Chad Reineke, RH pitcher
Jose Rodriguez, pitcher
Mark Saccomanno, infielder (1B)
Danny Sheaffer, third base coach
Jackie Moore, manager
Beau Torbert, outfielder
Barry Wesson, outfielder

1 comment:

Mark Harvey aka Snooper said...

I bethcha the retarded peacenik morons hated this.