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Bravehearts Announce 2019 Promotional Schedule

May 7, 2019 - Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL) - Worcester Bravehearts News Release

With all tickets now on sale, the Worcester Bravehearts are adding some spice to the summer schedule at Hanover Insurance Park. Promotional giveaways, performances, and celebrity appearances are set for all 28 home games in 2019.

Opening night will be Thursday, May 30 and will feature skydivers delivering the game ball while landing on the field prior to the game. Former Red Sox World Series hero Keith Foulke will throw out the season's ceremonial first pitch. Foulke, who pitched the final out of the 2004 World Series, was scheduled to attend the Bravehearts Fan Fest on April 20th until it was rained out. Opening weekend also includes the first of six post-game Atlas Fireworks shows on May 31, sponsored by Reliant Medical Group. The full slate of fireworks shows is set for all home Friday nights - including June 14, June 28, August 2, and Military Appreciation Night on July 26th sponsored by the VA of Central & Western MA and Chick-fil-A in Worcester.

The Bravehearts will celebrate several important historical Worcester events this season with fundraisers, jersey auctions, and t-shirt giveaways throughout the summer. All four Free Tee Saturdays will have a distinct Worcester flare beginning with a Kelley Square inspired t-shirt on June 8th. That celebration will be an Irish Wake for the popular (and frustrating) Worcester landmark, which is scheduled to evolve into a "peanut" traffic pattern in 2020. In addition to the commemorative t-shirt, the Bravehearts will honor local residents who've been in fender benders while traveling through one of the state's most dangerous intersections.

The t-shirt giveaway on June 28th will celebrate 50 years of the popular TV Show "The Brady Bunch," but the iconic show-opening image of the entire Brady family will be replaced with images of Worcester famous mascots, past and present.

July 20th also marks an important 50th anniversary; it was July 20, 1969 when Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on the surface of the moon. The Bravehearts will work with the City of Worcester, WPI, and Clark University to celebrate the contributions of Robert Goddard, the "Father of Modern Rocketry," whose liquid-propelled rocket was the first of its kind when it launched on March 16, 1926 just up the street from Fitton Field on Pakachoag Hill in Auburn. The July 20th t-shirt will be designed as a replica space suit and given to the first 500 fans thanks to a generous contribution from Southbridge Credit Union, who also has a branch in Auburn.

The last t-shirt giveaway on August 3rd will coincide with a Worcester Firefighter jersey fundraiser that will raise money for the Ava Roy Fund. This year is the 20th anniversary of the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse Fire, and both the jersey and t-shirt will display the names of all eight Worcester firefighters who have perished in the line of duty since that night.

In 1939, Red Sox legend Ted Williams hit his first home run in a Boston uniform in a spring training game at Fitton Field against the College of the Holy Cross. This summer, the Bravehearts will team up with Holy Cross to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of this historic event. The bobblehead will be designed to look like the famous photo of Ted taken on April 14, 1939 by Peter Carroll and will include a photo of the College of the Holy Cross' Fenwick Hall in the background. The giveaway is slated for August 2nd.

Another piece of baseball history with Worcester roots will be celebrated on June 12th, and one lucky fan could win $50,000 because of it. The first perfect game in baseball history was pitched on June 12, 1880 by J. Lee Richmond of the Worcester Worcesters against the Cleveland Blues. This season, the Bravehearts will change their name to the "Worcesters" on June 12th as they also take on the Blues- in this case, the Bristol Blues. In the celebration of the first perfect game, the Bravehearts will give away $50,000 to one lucky fan if the hometown team actually pitches a perfect game. If not, fans can still win $25,000 or $10,000 if the Bravehearts toss a no-hitter or shutout, respectively.

Fans can expect to see a few things they've never witnessed before at Bravehearts games this summer. On June 17th, the team will host a Teachers Appreciation Night in which the team will choose eight educators who will each get a chance to coach the Bravehearts for one inning during the game. Honorees will receive a custom jersey with their name on the back and will actually coach first base for the Bravehearts for one inning during the game. Students and parents can nominate their teachers, school administrators, bus drivers, school nurses, or even cafeteria workers to win this outrageous prize by visiting worcesterbravehearts.com/contests/teacher-night. Winners will be chosen June 7th and the Bravehearts will arrange visits to some of the local schools during their final week of classes to surprise the winning teachers at a school assembly. No coaching experience is necessary. In addition, all educators will receive free admission to the game simply by showing their school ID badge.

July 21st is a Kids Club Sunday, and the Bravehearts plan to go all-out in an attempt to break a world record before the game. The team is inviting fans to take part in the World's Largest Game of Catch, an honor that currently belongs to Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL when 972 pairs of people played catch during a festival in June of 2017. In order to break the record, the Bravehearts will need at least 1,946 people to play catch at least 9 feet apart for a minimum of 5 minutes. The event is sponsored by 96.1 WSRS - Worcester's At Work Station and each participating pair will receive a free pink baseball to raise awareness for the American Cancer Society. Later that same day, the Bravehearts will challenge fans to shave their heads to raise money for One Mission and their fight against childhood cancer at the annual Buzz Off. Fans will be able to sign up for either event at worcesterbravehearts.com.

Two more craft beer nights- affectionately named The Baseball Draught- are on tap for June 27 and July 18 featuring Mike Hsu of WAAF while Bark in the Park returns for dog lovers on June 18 and July 22. The full promotional schedule is available by visiting www.worcesterbravehearts.com.

Tickets for all Worcester Bravehearts home games are now on sale at worcesterbravehearts.com or by calling 508-438-3773. Some games have limited seating availability.

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