"Favre is a guy that a lot of people from all over the world know because of his great career in the NFL," GreenJackets General Manager Nick Brown said. "In addition, those people have invested their time and attention to Favre over the years, and we want to set aside one night that baseball pauses in Augusta to focus on football."
Favre has made headlines recently in regards to coming out of retirement less than a year after announcing he was finished with football. Still under contract with the Packers, Favre is stuck with the possibilities of either being a backup, traded or released.
The GreenJackets plan on retiring the No. 4 jersey on August 4, only to reinstate it the next day on August 5. The team also will hand out a pair of flip flops to the first 100 fans through the gates on August 4 to honor one of the greatest flip-floppers of all time.
"There have been a lot of guys that have retired only to come back," Brown said. "Roger Clemens, Michael Jordan, Mohammad Ali -- the list goes on and on -- but this is different in some way."
It could be the three years and $39 million left on a contract that Favre walked away from, or is it because the Savannah Sand Gnats are in town? Brown, the former GM of the Sand Gnats, is now rumored to possibly be retiring from Augusta only to sign on with Savannah.
"I am extremely happy working in Augusta with the GreenJackets and Ripken Baseball and have no intention of retiring," Brown said. "Savannah is a fine organization, and they do a great job there, but I plan on being the GM for Augusta for a long time."
Other events planed for the night include seat upgrades to box seating for anyone wearing a Favre jersey, Green Bay or Atlanta. Fans wearing a "cheese head" will also receive a free brat at the concession stand.
"We are also allowing any fan that purchases a ticket between now and August 3 the opportunity to reuse that ticket for the Augusta 4 game, because just because your game is over, does not mean your game is over," Brown said.
Food specials will include brats and Pabst beer, and there will be on-field contests that include the "Lambeau Leap" and the "Strahan Sack."
Drafted 33rd overall in the 1991 draft by the Atlanta Falcons, Favre was traded to Green Bay on February 10, 1992, for the 19th pick in the 1992 NFL Draft. Favre became the starting quarterback in the fourth game of the 1992 season and started every game from then on until his retirement.
The GreenJackets are currently playing an eight-game home stand against the Washington Nationals affiliate and the Cleveland Indians affiliate. Augusta is tied for first place in the Southern Division.
This season, the GreenJackets are celebrating their 20th Anniversary of baseball returning to Augusta. For information on tickets and all the promotions scheduled for this season, call the GreenJackets at 706-922-WINS or visit www.greenjacketsbaseball.com.