Feb 26, 2014: On Sunday, April 13, the San Jose Giants will once again bring patriotism to Municipal Stadium with Salute to the Military Day, presented by Operation: Care and Comfort. This season the first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a special Military Trading Card Set, courtesy of Operation: Care and Comfort. The trading card set will be made up entirely from fan nominations of current or former members of the military. Winners will be selected in mid-March and be unveiled during the season preview press conference at San Jose Giants FanFest on Monday, March 31. Nominations will be accepted until Wednesday, March 12 and all submission must be accompanied by a photo of the nominee, in military uniform, sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to submit your nomination. In addition, all fans showing a military ID at the Municipal Stadium Box Office will receive FREE admission to that day’s 1:00 PM game against the Bakersfield Blaze.
“The Military Trading Card Set, presented by Operation: Care and Comfort, is truly an extraordinary addition to our third annual Salute to the Military Day,” said Juliana Paoli, San Jose Giants Chief Marketing Officer. “The military holds a special place in the heart of our community and the trading card set gives people a unique opportunity to honor the brave men and women that serve our country. We want to encourage everyone to take this opportunity to share with our fans and the community the stories of the amazing heroes among us.”
Salute to the Military 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 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.
“Operation: Care and Comfort is so proud to add a new and exciting element to our partnership with the San Jose Giants and honor troops, veterans and their families with this Military Trading Card Set,” said Julie DeMaria, Operation: Care and Comfort President and Co-Founder. “Our first two Salute to the Military ballgames received a tremendous response and I hope that current military and veterans alike, throughout the Bay Area, will not only be nominated for the trading card set, but be able to join us on April 13.”
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.
ABOUT THE SAN JOSE GIANTS
The San Jose Giants are a professional baseball team in the Class A
Advanced California League. The team has been affiliated with the San Francisco Giants since 1988 and has boasted one of the best records in the minor leagues after partnering with the big league club, going 2025-1606 (.558). San Jose has won six California League Championships as a Giants affiliate (2010, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2001 and 1998) and eleven overall. In 26 seasons, the San Jose Giants have graduated 163 Major League players, 117 of whom have played or currently play for the San Francisco Giants. The San Jose Giants have played in historic Municipal Stadium for over 70 years. The Giants won back to back league championships in 2009 and 2010 and are also the first team in California League history to have won four titles over a six-year span. For tickets please contact the San Jose Giants box office at (408) 297-1435 or visit us online at sjgiants.com.
ABOUT OPERATION: CARE AND COMFORT
Founded in 2003 in the San Francisco Bay Area, Operation: Care and Comfort supports the military, veterans and their families through three distinct programs- OCC Care Packages, OCC Tickets for Troops, and OCC Adopt a Military Family. OCC and its volunteers have received numerous awards for their effort, including the Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award from the Pentagon (2007) and the National Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces Award (2009.) For more information on this worthy, all volunteer organization, please visit www.occ-usa.org.
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