June 29, 2010 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Las Vegas 51s
LAS VEGAS: The Las Vegas 51s professional baseball team of the Pacific Coast League (PCL), Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, will open a brief three-game homestand on Thursday, July 1 against intrastate rival, the Reno Aces, Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, at 7:05 p.m. at Cashman Field. The three-game series is from Thursday-Saturday, July 1-3 and all games will begin at 7:05.
The 51s, under manager Dan Rohn, are currently in third place in the Pacific Southern Division, 36-43, 12.0 games behind the Fresno Grizzlies, Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. Las Vegas' brief four-game road trip in Fresno, Calif., will conclude on Tuesday. The next scheduled off day for the PCL is Wednesday.
Las Vegas is averaging 4,857 fans (194,268) through 40 home dates in the 2010 season. The season-high crowd was 10,459 vs. Omaha on May 18. The Las Vegas franchise has reached the 300,000 plateau in "home" attendance in all 27 seasons (1983-2009) and the all-time total now stands at 9,218,746.
The opener of the three-game series on Thursday will feature Budweiser Dollar Beer Night. Proper identification and wristbands are required for dollar beer night.
The Las Vegas franchise will proudly present back-to-back "Fireworks Extravaganzas" to celebrate the July 4th weekend on Friday and Saturday, July 2 and 3. All seats for the post-game fireworks shows are priced at $14.00.
In 2009, Las Vegas and Reno developed the Silver State Diamond Challenge and the "Silver Plate Trophy" to add to the excitement to the rivalry for the two PCL teams that represent the state of Nevada. If the season series is tied after 16 games, the Silver State Diamond Challenge winner will be determined in true Nevada style with a draw of the cards. The inaugural season series was tied at 8-8 and the two Mayors met a home plate at Aces Ballpark on October 5, 2009. Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman pulled a "7" and Reno Mayor Bob Cashell pulled a "6" and Las Vegas captured the inaugural S.S.D.C.
The second campaign of the intrastate rivalry between the Aces and 51s (members of the Pacific Conference Southern Division) features the 16-game season series. Reno leads the 2010 season series 3-games-to-1 after the team's initial meeting at Aces Ballpark from May 3-6.
In addition to the Diamond Challenge, Mayor Goodman and Cashell have placed their own wager in which the losing city's Mayor will wear the other team's jersey for a full day of city business - including a city council meeting. The Mayors have also agreed, to the losing Mayor, personally donating $100 per game for the difference in wins from the 16-game season series to the winning Mayor's charity of choice.
Reno features one of the top 10 prospects in the Diamondbacks organization, according to Baseball America: infielder Brandon Allen (No. 4).
The 51s broadcast all games on Lotus Broadcasting on Fox Sports Radio 920 AM, which will carry live all 144 regular season games. Also, all games will be available on the 51s website (Major League Baseball Advanced Media, MLBAM) at www.LV51.com. Russ Langer, the five-time Nevada Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA), is in his 11th season behind the microphone calling 51s baseball.
Following the homestand, Las Vegas will travel to the Pacific Northwest for a brief four-game series against the Portland Beavers, Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, from Sunday-Wednesday, July 4-7.
The 51s will then return to Cashman Field for a three-day, four-game series against the Salt Lake Bees, Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, from Thursday-Saturday, July 8-10.
The Triple-A All-Star break will then take place from Sunday-Wednesday, July 11-14. The Triple-A All-Star Game featuring the International League vs. Pacific Coast League All-Stars will be played on Wednesday, July 14 at Coca-Cola Park (10,000) in Allentown, Pa., home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.
The game will be televised live on MLB Network with Tom McCarthy and Mitch Williams. The Westwood One Radio Network will also broadcast the game live and will be aired on the 51s flagship station, Fox Sports Radio 920 AM at 4 p.m. (PDT). Lehigh Valley's Matt Provence and Tim Grubbs of New Orleans will call the action.
Tickets for all 51s home games can be purchased at the Cashman Field box office. The box office is open Monday-Friday (non game days) from Noon to 4:30 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased through Ticketmaster (1-800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com). Ticketmaster outlets are located at selected Smith's Food & Drug, Ritmo Latino and the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino.
The individual game tickets for the 72-game home season are priced at $9.00 (general admission), $10.00 (reserved), $12.00 (plaza) and $14.00 (field). The traditional $2.00 discount for Military personnel is offered on plaza, reserved and G.A. seats throughout the season except for the holiday fireworks shows on July 2 & 3 (all seats at $14.00).
Season tickets and mini-plan packages are available by calling the 51s office at (702) 798-7825.
Official licensed 51s team merchandise is available on the "Team Shop" section of the website at www.LV51.com.