Pacific Baseball: Tigers To Close Out 2010 Season With Special Memorial Day Ceremony On Sunday
With the 2010 regular season coming to a close, the Pacific baseball team will pay tribute to the troops with a special Salute To The Troops ceremony on Sunday, May 30, in honor of Memorial Day on Monday, May 31. The Tigers have dedicated all Sunday contests throughout the year to Salute To The Troops. Throughout the day Pacific will be auctioning off five replica camouflage jerseys, the same jerseys the Tigers have worn for every Sunday game throughout the season, in a silent auction that will last until the seventh inning of the game.
On Sunday, the Tigers will welcome in various military groups from around the region to take part in the special event and ceremony, kicking off the day's contest with the landing of a CH-47 Chinook Helicopter and an OH-58 Kiowa Helicopter on the practice field next to the main playing field by the Army National Guard. In addition to the two helicopters there will also be two other tactical vehicles on site and on display throughout the day which will be available for fans and spectators to view.
Additionally, the Tigers will welcome to the field the Travis Air Force Base Honor Guard who will present the colors for the day's game. During which, the Karl Ross Post 16 will present the Post Everlasting Memorial in which the names of soldiers who haven fallen in action will be read on the field while they will also present a 21-gun salute to those who have fallen. After the presentation, Pacific Veteran Organization (PVO) member, Jonathen Hess, will be performing TAPS. The PVO is a campus organization of 46 veterans who are receiving GI benefits while attending Pacific.
Performing the National Anthem at the day's contest will be the entire ensemble of the Stockton Portsmen. Additionally, the Portsmen will perform God Bless America prior to the contest as opposed to during the seventh inning stretch.
In addition to the Salute To The Troops ceremonies, the Tigers will also be saying goodbye to eight seniors who will be playing their final games at Klein Family Field on Sunday. The Tigers will be losing to graduation seniors Matt Fuson (Lodi, Calif.), Ben Gorang (Turlock, Calif.), Mike Walker (Marysville, Calif.), Joe Oliveira (San Diego, Calif.), David Rowse (Pleasanton, Calif.), Jaime Niley (Elk Grove, Calif.), Hunter Carnevale (Roseville, Calif.) and Casey Neimeyer (Woodland, Calif.).
The senior ceremony will take place approximately 30 minutes prior to the first pitch and will lead off the day's events.