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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, August 10, 2016 Media Contact: Paul Braverman, Media Relations, pbraverman@fresnogrizzlies.com

 

“Mexican Baseball Fiesta” coming to Fresno, September 17 & 18 Two top clubs from the Mexican Pacific League will face off in two games Saturday and Sunday at Chukchansi Park; Will follow Consul of Mexico celebrating Mexican Independence at Chukchansi Park on Thursday, September 15

FRESNO, Calif. – Chukchansi Park, home of the Fresno Grizzlies will host games as part of the Mexican Baseball Fiesta for the first time, September 17-18. The two exhibition games, on Saturday and another on Sunday, will match up Naranjeros de Hermosillo and Aguilas de Mexicali. Both are members of the Mexican Pacific League.

“The Mexican-American community is such an integral part of our fan base in Fresno, that we couldn’t pass up this opportunity to extend the baseball season two extra days,” said Fresno Grizzlies General Manager Derek Franks. The atmosphere for games in the Mexican Pacific League is over the top fun and highly charged, so we think Grizzlies fans and all baseball fans in the Central Valley will appreciate seeing the game they love in authentic Mexican style. It truly is a party; live music during the games and even mascots on the field while play is going on. We all miss the season when it’s gone, so why not extend it one more weekend in Fresno?”

Hermosillo is historically the most successful team in the Mexican Pacific League. They were also the first Mexican team to win the Caribbean Series, doing so in 1976 and again in 2014. (The Caribbean Series is the annual playoff of each champion of each off-season or “winter ball” league; Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.)

Mexicali has claimed the Mexican Pacific championship three times and won the 1986 Caribbean Series. They finished second in the league in 2015. The timing of the event is a natural fit on the calendar, with Mexican Independence Day on Friday, September 16, just a day before the first game in Fresno. The Consul of Mexico will be holding a special celebration of Mexican Independence at Chukchansi Park on Thursday, September 15.

The Mexican Baseball Fiesta began in 2011 in Tucson and was the brainchild of former professional LMP (Liga Mexicana del Pacífico) and minor league baseball pitcher Francisco Gamez. Mike Feder, President of the Mexican Baseball Fiesta and the former general manager for the Tucson Padres, worked with Gamez to launch the tour which has been steadily growing in popularity. After the stop in Fresno, Hermosillo and Mexicali will play again the following weekend at another Pacific Coast League ballpark, Dell Diamond in Round Rock, TX. The Mexican Baseball Fiesta will then move to Tucson September 29- October 2. “The Mexican Baseball Fiesta is excited to add Fresno to our lineup of cities. I’ve been around the Grizzlies a long time, so I know the quality of work they do,” said Feder, who spent 15 seasons as a General Manager in the Pacific Coast League, in Tucson. “It will be a top notch event and a great end of the season showcase for the baseball fans in Fresno.”

“The Mexican Pacific League is as popular in Mexico as Major League Baseball is in the U.S., if not more so,” said Francisco Gamez, Mexican Baseball Fiesta founder and LLC partner. Gamez played over 10 years in the Mexican Pacific League as well as in the Milwaukee Brewers organization in the states. “Constant excitement is the best way to describe the Mexican

Baseball Fiesta. The energy of the fans, the music and fun make this a unique experience for all baseball fans. This event embraces our Mexican friends and visitors.”

The game on September 17 will be at 7:05 p.m., with Sunday’s game on the 18th at 5:05 p.m. Tickets, starting at just $10 will be available beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, August 11 at the Fresno Grizzlies ticket office at Chukchansi Park, or online at FresnoGrizzlies.com.

“I am truly excited to begin this collaboration between the Consulate of Mexico, Chukchansi Park and the Fresno Grizzlies to bring to the people of the Central Valley the Mexican Baseball Fiesta, and what better than to have it on the week that we celebrate the 206th anniversary of the Independence of Mexico,” said David Preciado. “We want to invite everyone to come witness the traditional Cry of Dolores here at Chukchansi Park on Thursday the 15th of September, and then continue the celebration supporting some of Mexico’s finest baseball teams on Saturday the 17th and Sunday the 18th of September.”

For more information, please visit MexicanBaseballFiesta.com.

Naranjeros de Hermosillo

The team based in the Capital of Sonora has a great following and strong attendance. The Naranjeros de Hermosillo are one of the most popular and successful teams in the Mexican Pacific League, having won 16 league titles and two Caribbean Series title. The Naranjeros won the Caribbean Series title in 2014. They became the first Mexican team to win the Caribbean Series after winning the title in 1976. Former Hermosillo players include Curt Schilling, Larry Walker, Fernando Valenzuela, Erubiel Durazo and Vinny Castilla. Hermosillo will be managed by former big league infielder and Tucson resident Lorenzo Bundy.

Agulias de Mexicali

The Aguilas play in the Capital of Baja California. The team has a history of playing against Tucson teams, when in the 50s it played against the Tucson Cowboys in the Arizona-Mexico League. The Aguilas won the league championship in 1986, 1989 and 1999. The team also won the 1986 Caribbean Series. Former Mexicali players include Mike Piazza, John Kruk and Rudy Seanez. The Aguilas are managed by former MLB IF Gil Velasquez.

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