The Bear Flag Rebellion of 2015 begins now

Grizzlies Executive Vice President Derek Franks writes an open letter in preparation of the 2015 season that begins April 9th

By Fresno Grizzlies | February 1, 2015 7:01 PM

THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOYALTY TO FRESNO GRIZZLIES BASEBALL.

You are the reason Triple-A baseball has continued in this city for 17 years. The support you have shown has helped take this organization to heights that many in Fresno, the Valley and others outside of it never thought could be attained. Baseball is a staple in this community and it will continue to rise above.

Breaking it down, the game of baseball is about coming together. For around three hours on 72 dates from April to September each year, Downtown Fresno offers an experience that is unparalleled in the Central Valley.

Surely we come to see the players, we come to grab one-of-a-kind giveaways and to be part of the unique promotions, but really it's the entire atmosphere wrapped into one that adds to our smiles, laughter, stories and summer memories.

I've done this myself, but I urge you to ask yourself how many times sports has been there for you - to lift your spirit, to inspire you, to offer a new favorite player to follow, give you a story to share, or provide something to brag about. It's where we celebrate the good, forget the bad, and become a kid again.

Triple-A Baseball includes all of those fascinating elements because it's about players chasing a dream that is so close. It's all inspiring and provides me the will and motivation to make sure this organization delivers the best fan experience possible each and every night you walk through the gate.

The Central Valley is where I grew up, continue to call home, and where my wife and I will raise our one-year-old daughter. I love this city, and I will make sure that our organization always instills a pride that invigorates you.

There's a shift happening around this organization and it's brought the community together more than ever. No matter what you hear, this team is not a trend or a fad. Fresno Grizzlies baseball is a way of life and one that is unapologetically Central Californian. We're going to flip the script of what you expect from a Minor League Baseball team this season. Don't believe us? We'll prove you otherwise.

The Bear Flag Rebellion begins now. Give us a call at 559.320.TIXS to find out more. #Growlifornia

 

Derek Franks

Executive Vice President

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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