FRESNO, CA - The first-place Fresno Grizzlies return home to host the Nashville Sounds and Memphis Redbirds for an eight-game homestand, beginning Thursday, May 20th. The Grizzlies currently lead all of Triple-A with 27 victories, having just completed a 7-1 road trip. Fresno's 8.5-game lead in the division is the franchise's largest since its inaugural season in 1998.
The homestand starts off on Thursday as the Grizzlies host the Nashville Sounds for Mad Tight '90s Night: THE REMIX, featuring Alfonso "Carlton" Ribeiro. Ribeiro, who played the character Carlton Banks opposite Will Smith on the immensely popular television show The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch, sign autographs, take photos with fans and participate in various on-field entertainment throughout the game. Fans are encouraged to break out their most stylin' '90s fashions and enjoy a full night of '90s music and themed in-game entertainment. The evening will also include a performance by Minor League Baseball's premier, infield-dragging dance crew, the Drag Kings, presented by Tickets.com. As with every Thursday home game, May 20th will also be a Thirsty Thursday, presented by Tecate, featuring $1 12-ounce Tecate and Tecate Light beers through the end of the fifth inning and $1 12-ounce sodas all night long. Gates and taps will open at 6:05pm for the 7:05pm game.
Friday, May 21st is Hispanic Heritage Night, presented by Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino, and the players will honor the occasion by wearing special "Los Grizzlies" theme jerseys. The jerseys will be available for purchase through a silent auction, with proceeds benefitting the Fresno City College Latino Faculty and Staff Association. In addition, there will be mariachi music around the ballpark throughout the night. The evening will also feature traditional Friday Night Fireworks, presented by Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino, as well as a Drag Kings Performance, presented by Tickets.com.
Saturday, May 22nd brings with it another giveaway, a Catcher's Style Backpack, presented by Eye-Q Vision Care, to the first 2,500 fans through the gates. It is also Junior Grizzlies Day, as the non-competitive baseball league for athletes with mental and physical disabilities will wrap up its 2010 season on the field at Chukchansi Park. Members of the Junior Grizzlies, the flagship program of the Grizzlies Community Fund, will be joined on the field by players from the Fresno Grizzlies as they play their final game of the season.
Sunday, May 23rd is another Save Mart Sunday, presented by Save Mart Supermarkets. Fans will have a chance to meet the stars of tomorrow at the Future Giants Autograph Session before the Grizzlies take on Nashville at 2:05pm. Following the game, kids 12 and under can take the field and Run The Bases, presented by Subway, just like their favorite Grizzlies players.
The Grizzlies welcome the Memphis Redbirds on Monday, May 24th at 7:05pm for Monday Madness, presented by ABC 30. Fans can enjoy a family entertainment package that includes two Field Level Reserve tickets, two hot dogs, two sodas, two Wild Water Adventure Park passes and two Blackbeard's Mini Golf passes. A total package value of over $100, Monday Madness is available to Grizzlies fans for just $32, every Monday home game in 2010.
Tuesday, May 25th is a special 12:05pm matinee Making The Grade Day, presented by Save Mart Supermarkets, where students from around the Valley will have a chance to be rewarded for their scholastic efforts with tickets to the game. It will also be a Park N' Play Tuesday, presented by the Fresno Bee. Fans that park in any ACE parking lot will receive a free ticket for that night's game. Details and a map of ACE parking lots are available at www.fresnogrizzlies.com.
What a Deal! Wednesday, presented by KMPH Fox 26, returns on May 26th. Fans can get two Super View tickets, two "Fantasy Day" Unlimited Ride passes at Rotary Storyland & Playland, two rounds of Mini Glow Golf at Maxx Putt Fun Zone and two children's buffets at John's Incredible Pizza Co., all for only $20!
The eight-game homestand wraps up with another Thirsty Thursday, presented by Tecate, on May 27th. Fans can enjoy $1 12-ounce Tecate and Tecate Light beers through the fifth inning, and $1 12-ounce sodas all night long.
The first-place Grizzlies return home to Chukchansi Park, on Thursday, May 20th. Fans can purchase tickets for any game in the 2010 season at the Chukchansi Park Box Office, online at www.fresnogrizzlies.com, or over the phone at 559.320.TIXS.