DUNEDIN, FL - The Dunedin Blue Jays, the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, are proud to announce the Raincheck Baseball Initiative (R.B.I.) program for the 2014 Florida State League season.
This unique program will allow fans to redeem a ticket from any rained out game from another team in Minor League Baseball for a Dunedin Blue Jays game at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. The R.B.I. program is believed to be the first of its kind in professional baseball.
"Basically, it's a universal rain check," said Nate Kurant, the new Director of Marketing and Social Media for the D-Jays. "A friend and I did a baseball road trip across the Southeast last season and each day had at least a 70% chance of rain. If any of those days had been rained out, we never would have made use of a rain check."
"I know a lot of people love Minor League Baseball and take trips throughout the season to visit different parks. Essentially, I wanted to develop something that would meet a need for MiLB fans and help set us apart in Dunedin," said Kurant. "It's a beautiful city and hopefully this will give baseball fans more incentive to visit us throughout the year."
Fair-weather fans that present a ticket from a different MiLB team's rained out game not only will receive admission to a D-Jays game, but also take home a "Rainy Day Blue Jays" pack including a Blue Jays rain poncho. They will also have the option to participate in one of the numerous in-game promotions.
"It's a nationwide, international MiLB promotion that is open to everyone from our fellow Jays affiliate in Vancouver all the way to our Florida State League friends in Palm Beach County."
The D-Jays begin their journey to return to the FSL playoffs for the fifth-straight season starting on Opening Night, April 3rd, 2014. The D-Jays host Clearwater at 6:30 p.m. There will be free t-shirts to the first 500 fans, along with face painting, balloons, inflatables, and caricatures. It's also Thirsty Thursday at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium with $2 beer, wine, and soda. The fun will continue with a post-game fireworks show. Tickets start at just $7.