FRESNO, CA - The Fresno Grizzlies announced today that Thursday, July 22nd has been declared Rule 8.06 Night at Chukchansi Park. In recognition of the arcane rule cited by San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy in the dramatic ninth inning of the Giants' 7-5 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium Tuesday night, Grizzlies fans in attendance will have the opportunity to score a free ticket to a future home game at Chukchansi Park.
On Tuesday night, acting Dodgers manager Don Mattingly made a visit to reliever Jonathan Broxton on the pitcher's mound. Upon returning towards the dugout, and after leaving the 18-foot mound circle, Mattingly doubled back to speak to Broxton again, thereby constituting a second visit. This required Broxton to be removed from the game, pursuant to Official Baseball Rule 8.06 (b):
A second trip to the same pitcher in the same inning will cause this pitcher's automatic removal from the game;
On Rule 8.06 Night this Thursday, the Grizzlies will be rewarding their fans instead of punishing them for a second visit. Any fan who purchases a ticket to Thursday's game (first visit), then makes a return trip to the box office that night (second visit), bringing his or her game ticket back to the window and mentioning Rule 8.06, will receive a free ticket to either the Tuesday, July 27 or Wednesday, July 28 home games against the Tacoma Rainiers.
Thursday also marks the return of The Great Fresno Tweetup, presented by FresnoBeehive.com and FresnoGrizzlies.com. Follow the Grizzlies on Twitter @FresnoGrizzlies to RSVP for the event and secure a special $5 ticket offer which gets fans a ticket in a designated section with all the other Grizzlies Tweeps and a Thirsty Thursday drink coupon. As it is with every Thursday home game, the 22nd will also be another Thirsty Thursday, presented by Tecate. Enjoy $1 12-ounce Tecate and Tecate Light beers through the fifth inning, and $1 12-ounce sodas all night long. In addition, Chukchansi Park is proud to showcase the Legends of Baseball memorabilia raffle. Fans will have an opportunity to purchase a raffle ticket to win classic autographed memorabilia including the Grand Prize, a set of 10 signed baseballs by the top-10 all-time home run hitters in Major League history, which will be on display on the concourse.
The first-place Fresno Grizzlies continue their current eight-game homestand tonight against Salt Lake at 7:05pm with Kid-A-Palooza. To get your tickets for any game in the 2010 season, swing by the Chukchansi Park Box Office, visit www.fresnogrizzlies.com or call 559.320.TIXS.
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