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In conjunction with Minor League Baseball's Copa de la Diversión initiative, the Reading Fightin Phils will play as Los Peleadores for five games on Savage 61 Fiesta Fridays, presented by Don Julio Tequila, during the 2019 season. These nights will feature specialty uniforms, Hispanic/Latino food and music, and other cultural elements throughout the ballpark.
Copa de la Diversión, or "Fun Cup," is a season-long event series throughout Minor League Baseball, specifically designed to embrace the culture and values that resonate most with participating teams' local U.S. Hispanic/Latino communities.
The City of Reading has the largest Hispanic population in the state of Pennsylvania, by percentage of population. More than 64% of the City of Reading is made up of Hispanics/Latinos, or over 57,000 residents.
This season the Fightins will celebrate Reading's Latino culture by playing as Los Peleadores on select Friday home games. Los Peleadores is a direct translation of "The Fighters," a concept derived from the idea that the city, the team, and the region are all "Fighters," fighting for the success of "R State, R County, R City, R Team, and R Youth."
Video: Viernes de Fiesta!
The Reading Fightins Phils, playing as Los Peleadores de Reading, will host five Savage 61 Fiesta Fridays, presented by Don Julio Tequila. The dates are as follows:
Friday, May 10
Friday, June 7
Friday, June 28
Friday, July 19
Friday, August 2
These nights will include food vendors featuring their Hispanic/Latino dishes, and Hispanic/Latino music such as salsa, meringue, reggaeton, and Spanish trap music. The starting lineups, batter introductions, and other parts of the game presentation will be in Spanish, and flags from Hispanic/Latino countries will be displayed. Other cultural elements will be featured such as Hispanic/Latino dance, art, community leaders, and more.
The Children's Latino TV character "Pocoyo" will appear at all five Fiesta Friday games. The final Fiesta Friday game on Friday, August 2 will include a Los Peleadores de Reading T-Shirt giveaway for adults, thanks to Texstyles Printing, and the game-worn Los Peleadores de Reading uniforms will be auctioned and raffled to fans, with the proceeds benefitting the Roberto Clemente Foundation and other Hispanic/Latino charities. Roberto Clemente Jr. will be in attendance to speak to fans about the Roberto Clemente Foundation, and the Roberto Clemente Museum will feature items from its collection.
In addition to Fiesta Fridays, FirstEnergy Stadium will feature Hispanic/Latino food items at all 70 home games. A Spanish-language pocket schedule has been created, along with the Fightins' Spanish-language website Readingbeisbol.com.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.