San Jose, CA- The San Jose Giants unveiled today their 2014 Military Trading Card Set, presented by Operation: Care and Comfort. All branches of the United States Military are represented in the set. In addition, the trading cards include current military personnel, men who have been killed in action as well as veterans from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Gulf War. Included in the set are local San Jose heroes Joe Bell and Pat Tillman. The following is a complete list of all selections for the 2014 San Jose Giants Military Trading Card Set:
Joe Bell, Abeytia Brothers, Lloyd C. Anderson, Edward Balli, Jerome J. Bleeg, Aaron R. Boyles, Don F. Bushard, Jaclyn Abbott Caselli, Charles Deane Cavit, Joseph Coggins, David Del Real, Jack DeMartini, William J Difu, Mickey Ganitch, Eduardo O. Garcia Jr., John Giudici, Joseph A. Graves, Robert N. Grewohl, Trevor Hanrion, Raymond D. Hill II, Richard K.H. Lum, John G. Mathrusse, Vlado Mrdutt, Phillip Olavarri, Dale S. Parsley, Manuel Pereira, Fred Poritz, Gary Wayne Rangel, Anthony Saso, Gregory Scott, John Stone, John S. Urzi, Vanessa Verbica, Joseph Viola, Denny Weisgerber and Pat Tillman.
"It is truly an honor to have these 36 brave men and women make up our first-ever Military Trading Card Set, presented by Operation: Care and Comfort," said Juliana Paoli, San Jose Giants Chief Marketing Officer. "We received nearly 100 nominations for the trading cards and want to thank everyone who shared stories of their heroes among us. This set is not only meant to recognize the individuals selected, but also all of the brave men and women who have protected and are still protecting our country."
The sets will be given away to the first 1,000 fans through the gates on Salute to the Military Day on April 13. The day will be an entire afternoon dedicated to honoring the brave men and women defending our country as the pregame festivities will include a first pitch ceremony, color guard presentation and on-field recognition of the individuals chosen for the Military Trading Card Set. The team will also wear special military themed jerseys. The team will don these jerseys again on Memorial Day, May 26 against the Visalia Rawhide, where they will be part of an in-game silent auction directly benefiting Operation: Care and Comfort. On May 26, each of the highest bidders will be able to go on the field following the game and receive their new autographed jersey right off the respective San Jose Giant's back.
"It is a privilege for Operation: Care and Comfort to be a part of this promotion, honoring the men and women who have served our country," said Julie DeMaria, Operation: Care and Comfort President and Co-Founder. "The individuals who make up this set span generations and are a tremendous representation of the heroes in our community."
First pitch for the San Jose Giants home opener will take place at 7:00 PM on Thursday, April 10 against the Bakersfield Blaze. San Jose's 2014 season begins on Thursday, April 3. The Giants will host games at Municipal Stadium on Mother's Day (May 11), Memorial Day (May 26), and Independence Day (July 4).For information on the 2014 season and ticket packages please visit sjgiants.com, call (408) 297-1435 or visit the Municipal Stadium Box Office Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
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