Bradenton, Fla. - The Bradenton Marauders are recognizing Pirates minor league left-handed pitcher Rinku Singh with a commemorative bobble head to be given away at the gates to the first 1,000 fans on Saturday, May 17. The team hosts the Dunedin Blue Jays at McKechnie Field at 6:30 p.m. with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. Singh's journey from Indian game show contestant to professional pitcher will be depicted in the upcoming feature film "Million Dollar Arm."
Singh and countryman Dinesh Patel traveled to the United States and signed with the Pirates after finishing as the top two contestants in the Indian game show with the same name as the film. The show was created by American sports agent J.B. Bernstein. Bernstein's conceptualization and creation of the show is depicted in the movie as well.
Singh has pitched professionally in four seasons, most recently in 2012 with the Low-A West Virginia Power. Singh underwent Tommy John Surgery in 2013 and will miss the entire 2014 season. He will be portrayed in the movie by Suraj Sharma.
The bobble head is a caricature of Singh in a Bradenton Marauders jersey and cap. The figurine is poised to deliver a pitch.
When purchased in advance, tickets for the regular season Marauders games cost $8 per seat for adult tickets in infield box, infield reserve, baseline box, and grandstand seats. Left field bleacher seats cost $6 per adult ticket. Tickets for children 12 and younger cost $7 in infield box, infield reserve, baseline box, and grandstand sections, and $5 per ticket in the left field bleachers. There is no change in day-of-game pricing for children's tickets. The Marauders will offer a $1 military discount to anyone presenting a valid military ID at the McKechnie Field box office when purchasing tickets.
The McKechnie Field ticket office is open on non-gamedays Tuesday-Friday from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. On gamedays the ticket office is open from noon until the conclusion of the game. Single game tickets can be purchased at the ticket office, online at www.BradentonMarauders.com, or by phone be calling 877-893-2827.
For more information about the Bradenton Marauders please call 941-747-3031, visit www.BradentonMarauders.com, or email MaraudersInfo@Pirates.com.
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