Former Pelican Furcal returns for Fan Appreciation Day

Myrtle Beach alumnus, former Brave to participate in Fan Appreciation Day

By Scott Kornberg / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | August 9, 2017 8:59 AM ET

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (August 9, 2017) - The Myrtle Beach Pelicans will welcome back alumnus and former Atlanta Braves infielder Rafael Furcal for the club's Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday, August 27 at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. Furcal's No. 2 is the only former player number to be retired by the Pelicans in club history.

Furcal played in 43 games with the Pelicans in their 1999 inaugural season, batting .293/.343/.375 with 15 stolen bases to help Myrtle Beach win a share of the Mills Cup Championship. He made his Major League debut the very next season, earning National League Rookie of the Year honors by hitting .295/.394/.382 with 40 stolen bases.

A native of Loma de Cabrera in the Dominican Republic, Furcal played 14 seasons in the Major Leagues for the Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins. In addition to his 2000 Rookie of the Year award, he was a three-time All-Star and received Most Valuable Player award votes in two separate seasons. Furcal finished his career with 1,817 hits and 314 stolen bases.

The Pelicans will open gates for all fans beginning at 2 p.m. for the 3:05 p.m. game. Furcal will be at the Pelicans' photobooth, located on the main concourse behind home plate, from 2:00-2:45 p.m. and 3:15-4:00 p.m. to take pictures with fans.

Fans wishing for a VIP experience can purchase a special suite ticket that includes a meet-and-greet with Furcal, food and beverages for just $50. To purchase a VIP ticket, please call the Pelicans at (843) 918-6000.

In addition to the Furcal appearance, Fan Appreciation Day will also include a Dr. Pepper Bag and Mystery Envelope Giveaway to the first 1,000 fans, free inflatable access and SuperHero character appearances from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Tickets are available on www.MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Tickets and at the Pelicans' Box Office at (843) 918-6000.

The 2017 season is the 19th season for the Pelicans franchise and third as the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. For information on tickets to see the Pelicans in 2017, please call (843) 918-6000, e-mail info@myrtlebeachpelicans.com, or visit www.MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.

ABOUT THE PELICANS: The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs and play their home games at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The park has ranked in the top eight in all of Minor League Baseball by Stadium Journey in each of the last six seasons. The same publication also placed the Pelicans in the Top 100 Stadium Experiences in all of sports in each of the last six years and the best in the Carolina League for six straight seasons as well. In May 2015, TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark won the 2015 TripAdvisor.com Certificate of Excellence award. The Pelicans are the two-time defending Mills Cup Champions, winning the title in 2015 and 2016 as well as 2000 and co-Mills Cup championship honors in the inaugural 1999 season. The Pelicans have made ten postseason appearances behind 12 half-season Southern Division championships, including the first half of the 2015 season and second half of 2016. For more information on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, please contact the Pelicans at (843) 918-6000 or emailing Info@MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.

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