The police and firefighters will hold an exhibition softball game prior to the IronPigs contest on Saturday, April 26 beginning at 4PM. In addition, the IronPigs and Red Sox will wear the uniforms pictured here, all to be auctioned off for charity following the game. It appears only the IronPigs jerseys will be autographed. We’ll continue to follow up on that issue–but it sounds like a great deal of fun. And, I imagine if, say, Jimmy Murphy or another ‘Pigs player gets pulled over for a minor traffic violation (real or imagined) they might be able to get out of it by volunteering to play in this softball game. Either that, or I watch too much TV. It’s a great thing, though. Read the entire media announcement below:
IRONPIGS TO HOST ALLENTOWN POLICE VS. FIREFIGHTERS SOFTBALL CONTEST PRIOR TO 4/26 GAME
90-minute Softball Game to Be Followed by IronPigs Game at 6:35 p.m.
(Allentown, Pa.) – The Allentown Police and Fire Departments will square off in a 90-minute softball game at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, as the IronPigs pay tribute to local police, fire and EMS personnel with a very special, promotion-stuffed Heroes Night at Coca-Cola Park. Both the IronPigs and Pawtucket Red Sox will join in on the festivities during their 6:35 p.m. game that night by donning unique specialty jerseys that promote local Police and Fire Departments.
All gates open at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, but fans are reminded that they must have a ticket to the IronPigs-Red Sox game to gain admittance to Coca-Cola Park for the earlier softball contest.
“We truly hope that this becomes an annual tradition at Coca-Cola Park,” exclaimed IronPigs General Manager Kurt Landes. “We owe a great deal of gratitude to local police, fire, EMS and emergency personnel in the Lehigh Valley that keep our community safe.”
The specialty jerseys will be auctioned off during that night’s game with proceeds benefitting Cops ‘n’ Kids Lehigh Valley, the Boys & Girls Club of Allentown and IronPigs Charities.
Heroes Night will also allow fans the opportunity to honor the local police, firefighters, EMS personnel, and military members who serve and protect the Lehigh Valley and the entire nation, in a pre-game on-field ceremony. As part of the Heroes Night activities, the Color Guard ceremony will be performed prior to the game by the Allentown Police.
As an added bonus to all fans in attendance on Heroes Night, there will be a special post-game fireworks show featuring patriotic music presented by Lehigh Carbon Community College.
IronPigs and Red Sox fans can bid on their favorite player’s jerseys from anywhere with the easy-to-use Qtego service that allows fans to place bids, receive notifications when outbid and check the status of their item via text messages on their mobile phones. Fans without texting access can even call in their bid after registering their phone at Coca-Cola Park.
Register your phone from anywhere in the U.S. by texting “Pigs” to 79230. Detailed instructions on how to place your bid will be made available at ironpigsbaseball.com on April 25.
Winning bidders of the IronPigs home jerseys will have the opportunity to go on the field immediately following the game to have their jersey autographed. Please note that the on-field jersey signing will only occur with the home team jerseys. Bidders not in attendance at Coca-Cola Park can either pick up their signed jersey at a later date or have it mailed directly to them.