With Opening Day fast approaching, the Salem Red Sox are proud to announce an unprecedented promotion that will offer well-deserved recognition to some of the bravest men and women of the Roanoke Valley. In addition to creating a baseball card set of the Carolina League Champions in 2014, the team will also generate a pack of cards featuring many of the region's dedicated servicemen and women for a "Military Appreciation Baseball Card Giveaway," scheduled for Saturday, August 9 at LewisGale Field.
Starting immediately, fans can log onto the Salem Red Sox Facebook page and submit nominations of family members and/or friends who are worthy of inclusion in this one-of-kind creation. Each submission should include the following information:
- Name with rank
- Military Branch
- Weight (if wanted)
- Years of service
- DOB (if wanted)
- A bio about his or her history in the military (preferably 75-100 words)
- A photo (headshot or full body in dress uniform)
Fans are asked to submit their candidates by March 31. After receiving nominees, all photos will be placed in an album where the "likes" will be tallied, and the 30 photos with the most "likes" will be chosen for this special card set. In the event of a tie, the earlier photo submitted will have the honor of being included as part of this collection. Voting via "likes" will continue through the first half of the season.
The final product will be a collector's item of 30 cards, with 1,000 decks to be distributed to the first 1,000 fans through the gate on "Military Appreciation Night" on August 9, when the Salem Red Sox host the Potomac Nationals at 6:05. In addition to the hero recognition, that night at the ballpark will also include a free player poster giveaway along with the weekly Saturday spectacle "Nine Innings of Winning."
The defending Carolina League champs open the 2014 season in Myrtle Beach on April 3, while the home opener at LewisGale Field, featuring the Mills Cup Trophy and championship banner unveiling, is scheduled for Tuesday, April 8 at 7:05 against Winston-Salem. For tickets or more information, please contact the Salem Red Sox Front Office at (540)-389-3333.
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