FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno Grizzlies took over the internet and national media outlets once again, this time with the announcement of the Frankenslice, which is a hot dog stuffed crust pepperoni slice that will be exclusively available during their Thursday, May 21st home game against the Nashville Sounds, Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. The Frankenslice ties into the Halfway to Halloween promotion that includes an in-park Haunted House designed by the minds behind the upcoming Mud 'n Blood Zombie Run at Hobbs Grove in Sanger.
First pitch on Thursday is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. PT, with gates opening to the general public at 6:05 p.m. Like all Thursday home games, the Grizzlies will offer $2 24-ounce Tecate and Tecate Light through the end of the fifth inning, as well as $1 12-ounce sodas all game long. Also, the game includes the return of former Fresno Grizzlies pitcher and 2002 American League Cy Young Award winner Barry Zito, who will start for Nashville.
Thursday's game also marks the home debut of Astros' 2012 No. 1 overall pick Carlos Correa, who is batting .318 (12-38) with four doubles, a homer, four RBI, and 10 runs scored over his first eight games in a Grizzlies uniform. The 20-year-old is rated by MLB.com as the No. 3 overall prospect in baseball, is only the 12th No. 1 overall pick without major-league experience to ever play in the Pacific Coast League, and currently ranks first in all of Minor League Baseball in runs scored (35), hits (57), extra-base hits (29), total base (104), doubles (19), slugging percentage (.671), and on-base + slugging percentage (1.105).
He is just one part of a first place Fresno Grizzlies (22-17) team that is coming off of a 6-2 road trip. Astros' No. 3 Prospect Domingo Santana currently owns a career-high 15-game hitting streak and connected on two home runs in Tuesday's win at El Paso to give him 10 on the season. Jon Singleton recently won Pacific Coast League player of the week honors for crushing five home runs (three grand slams) and 23 RBI over a seven-day period from May 11-17. The Fresno first baseman is leading all of Minor League Baseball in home runs and RBI.
Other notable promotions scheduled at Chukchansi Park during Memorial Day weekend:
Friday, May 22nd at 7:05 PM - Ag Night, presented by Stamoules Produce Company. The Grizzlies will wear 1906 throwback Fresno Raisin Eaters theme jerseys, while fans can also get treated to postgame fireworks.
Saturday, May 23rd at 7:05 PM - Halfway to Halloween: Family Night, presented by ABC30. The night offers the second and final chance for people to make their way through the in-park Haunted House, while prizes will be given away to the best costumed family and individual.
Sunday, May 24th at 2:05 PM - Save Mart Sunday adds a La Familia element with a Tribute to Selena. A pregame concert inside the ballpark begins the festivities at 11:30 a.m., while Lucha Xtreme wrestling starts on the concourse after the final out of the game. There's also Kids Run The Bases postgame, presented by Sun-Maid. The afternoon also marks Bike to the Park Day, granting those who ride their bike to the park a $6 game ticket (bike valet on site).
Monday, May 25th at 7:05 PM - The Fresno Grizzlies honor the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces by wearing red, white, and blue Captain America theme jerseys. Fans can purchase the $20 Must Catch Monday deal, presented by The Fresno Bee, which includes two field level reserve game tickets, two Fresno Chaffee Zoo vouchers, two Blackbeard's mini golf vouchers, and two John's Incredible Pizza Company kids buffet vouchers. The game is the first of four against the Memphis Redbirds, Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.
An exclusive Friends and Family package is available for this Saturday's game. Priced at $59.99, the package includes four Super View game tickets, four Grizzlies zombie t-shirts, and four Rally's Burger Combo Meal vouchers. Those interested must purchase the package no later than Friday, May 22nd by 5:00 p.m. Call 559.320.TIXS to order.
ABOUT THE FRESNO GRIZZLIES
The first place Fresno Grizzlies are the Triple-A Baseball affiliate of the Houston Astros and compete in the 16-team Pacific Coast League, one of two leagues playing the highest form of minor league baseball in the country. The Grizzlies play their home games in Downtown Fresno at Chukchansi Park between the months of April and September. Currently, the team is offering a $59.99 Friends and Family package for the Saturday, May 23rd Halfway to Halloween Family Night game. Included in the package are four Super View game tickets, four Grizzlies Zombie t-shirts, and four Rally's Burger Combo Meal vouchers. To purchase this package or tickets to any other game this homestand, call the box office at 559.320.TIXS.
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