San Jose, CA- The San Jose Giants today officially unveiled the 2018 Military Trading Card Set, presented by Operation: Care and Comfort. The incredible 42 card set features military personnel who have served in WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf War, the War in Afghanistan and Iraq. Furthermore, each branch of the military is represented in the trading card set. This year's decorated installment features many outstanding men and women who have served and sacrificed for our country. Below is the complete list of the distinguished honorees.
Dustin Ambrose, Alohalani Aweau, Frederick P. Baquiran, Adrianna Bascochea, Ryan Bennett, Alfonso A. Barreras, Phil Bond, W.F. "Bill" Bonifay, David Bridgen, Reginald L. Caselli, Ron Castro, Justen Chilbert, George S. Dailey, Wayne M. Elliott, Bryan and Kelley Evans, Emilio Gallegos, Mark Getchell, Frederick John Goetz, Jr., David Grieve, Edward E. Hart, Gregory Hatfield, Bradly Headley, Andrew Hesterberg, Chris Hiro, Tyler Hodge, Roy L. Jones, Jr., Joseph La Jeunesse, James Leonard, Augustine G. Lerma, Paul Apodaca Lerma and Jacob Paul Lerma, Matthew and Michael Lipkovitch, Jerome Marci, Dewey Nguyen, Edward Pereira, Donald Rancour, Juan Reyes, Andrew San Diego, Anthony G. Siegle, Michael R. Sisco, Nate Smith, William Venuti and Keith M. Williams.
"The San Jose Giants are once again humbled by the incredible nominees in this year's Operation: Care and Comfort Military Trading Card Set and consider it our privilege to honor these fine men and women," said Jeff Black, San Jose Giants Director of Marketing. "We thank all of the families and individuals who have shared their stories with us and view the trading card set as a representation of our gratitude for those who have served and sacrificed for our country."
On April 21, as a part of Salute to the Military Night, trading card nominees and their families will be honored on field during a special pregame ceremony. They will receive their complimentary trading card packs amongst other gifts. A limited number of military trading card sets will be made available as well in the San Jose Giants Dugout Store. The first 1,000 fans will also receive a commemorative O.C.C. and San Jose Giants co-branded t-shirt gate giveaway. All-new, digital camouflage themed jerseys will be worn and an exciting Operation: Care and Comfort Military Jersey Auction will take place benefitting O.C.C. All other servicemen and servicewomen are encouraged to come out to the ballpark as the night is a salute to everyone who has fought to protect our freedom.
"Operation: Care and Comforts mission is to allow caring Americans to donate their time, talent and treasure to honor those currently serving our country and to those who have served. We believe Salute to the Military Night embodies this mission and we cannot wait for the special evening," said Julie DeMaria, Operation: Care and Comfort President and Co-Founder. "On behalf of O.C.C., we thank all current military personnel, veterans and those we have lost-you truly epitomize what it means to be a hero."
First pitch for Salute to the Military Night is at 5:00 PM and gates open at 3:30 PM. The evening comes on the second night of Heroes Weekend which begins on Friday, April 20 with First Responders Night. Our Giants 2018 season gets underway on Thursday, April 5 at Inland Empire. The San Jose Giants home-opener is Thursday, April 13 at Municipal Stadium. For information on the 2018 season and ticket packages please visit sjgiants.com, call 408.297.1435 or visit the Municipal Stadium Box Office Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
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ABOUT THE SAN JOSE GIANTS
The San Jose Giants are a professional baseball team in the Class A Advanced California League. The team has been an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants since 1988 and has boasted one of the best records in the minor leagues after partnering with the big-league club, going 2,300-1,891 (.548). San Jose has won six California League Championships as a Giants affiliate (2010, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2001 and 1998) and eleven overall. In 30 seasons, the San Jose Giants have graduated 199 Major League players, 143 of whom have played or currently play for the San Francisco Giants. The Giants won back to back league championships in 2009 and 2010 and are also the first team in California League history to have won four titles over a six-year span. Municipal Stadium, the home of the San Jose Giants, first opened in 1942 and has seen over 7 million fans enter through its gates. In 2018, the San Jose Giants look to continue their tradition of playing winning baseball while providing fun, affordable, family-entertainment. To be a part of the 2018 season, please contact the San Jose Giants Box Office at 408.297.1435 or visit us online at sjgiants.com. San Jose Giants baseball in your backyard since 1942, Our Town, Our Team, Our Giants
ABOUT OPERATION: CARE AND COMFORT
Founded in 2003 in the San Francisco Bay Area, Operation: Care and Comfort supports the military, veterans and their families through three distinct programs- OCC Care Packages, OCC Tickets for Troops, and OCC Adopt a Military Family. OCC and its volunteers have received numerous awards for their effort, including the Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award from the Pentagon (2007) and the National Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces Award (2009.) For more information on this worthy, all volunteer organization, please visit www.occ-usa.org.