"We are very excited to host the All-Star Smash," said Nuts Vice President and General Manager Mike Gorrasi. "We look forward to showing the baseball community the best Modesto has to offer while also providing a memorable experience for the entire Central Valley."
The logo was created by Plan B. Branding, a leader in sports branding.
The logo pays homage to the annual Graffiti month held every June in Modesto in honor of the classic film American Graffiti by filmmaker and Modesto native George Lucas. The logo features the Nuts mascots, Al the Almond and Wally the Walnut, in a classic car reminiscent of the 1950s. In addition to the game on June 21st, the Nuts will host two days of All-Star festivities highlighting the sights, sounds and food of Modesto and the surrounding community. The All-Star Smash will be the first time Modesto has hosted the California League/Carolina League mid-summer's classic. The Nuts were awarded the game in a vote by the California League's general managers following the 2009 season.
Reserved tickets for the All-Star Smash are currently available by purchasing a Modesto Nuts mini-plan. Mini-plans begin at 8 regular season games, as well as the All-Star game, for just $82. Individual tickets to the All-Star Smash will go on sale in 2011.
The Modesto Nuts 2011 season begins on Thursday, April 7th when the Nuts host the rival Stockton Ports. Season ticket packages, which include a reserved seat to the All-Star Smash, are currently on-sale by calling the Modesto Nuts front office at (209) 572-HITS (4487).