The defending California League champion Modesto Nuts will return to John Thurman Field for the first home game of the 2018 season on Thursday, April 12th against the Visalia Rawhide. The Nuts are 2-4 in their first six games of the season.
The Opening Day festivities will begin with the gates opening at 5:30 p.m. Fans will have the opportunity to take pictures with the California League trophy throughout the game. Pre-game entertainment will include live music from VMI Rocks School of Rock, a caricature artist from JAGuerzon Productions, henna tattoos from Elite Henna Tattoos, Freckles the Clown and entertainment from Nuts mascots: Al, Wally and Shelley.
The pre-game on-field ceremonies will begin at 6:25 p.m. The 2017 members of the Modesto Nuts will receive their championship rings and the Nuts front office will receive the Excellence in Community Service Award from the California League and the Small Business of the Year Award from the Modesto Chamber of Commerce. The announcement of the Juan Arroyo Perseverance Award will follow the presentation of awards.
Modesto Police Officer Juan Arroyo, who is recovering from major injuries suffered while on-duty three months ago, is scheduled to throw out the Honorary First Pitch of the 2018 season at approximately 6:55 p.m.
The evening will conclude with a fireworks show compliments of Ambeck Mortgage. Tickets are available online at www.modestonuts.com or by calling 572-HITS (4487).