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Beach Bums

Erin Crowell - May 23rd, 2011
It took five seasons and one game, but the Traverse City Beach Bums have
reached one million fans. The professional baseball team will celebrate
this VIP at the home opener, in Wuerfel Park against the Rockford
RiverHawks, on Friday, May 27.
“We’re giving away season schedule magnets to the first 500 fans,” says
Tim Broxterman, director of Beach Bums promotions and community events.
“Then, we will give away a brand new high efficiency refrigerator courtesy
of Cherryland Electric for the winning fan.”
What better way to hold your magnet schedule?
But don’t feel like you have to get through the gate at just the right
moment in order to win the black Maytag Energy Star appliance.
“Everyone who’s at the game that night will have the chance to win,” adds
Broxterman. “We will randomly draw a seat for the winner. It’s a
celebration for all our fans.”
Worth $800, the fridge will be delivered to the winning fan’s home,
courtesy of Sears.
Fans will also get the chance to spin the new prize wheel, where $3
guarantees a prize, ranging from game tickets to an Xbox 360 with
Microsoft Connect.
The weekend opener continues with a special appearance by the ZOOperstars!
In the first Celebrity Saturday night of the season, on May 28. These
celebrities originally appeared on NBC’s America’s Got Talent and have
performed at places like the Detroit Pistons’ halftime shows, Philadelphia
Phillis’ home games and the University of Michigan campus.
Harry Canary, Alex Frogriguez, Pee Wee Geese, Ken Giraffey Jr. and Clammy
Sossa will entertain the crowd all evening.
The weekend ends with a Memorial Day celebration on Sunday, May 29,
opening with a patriotic pre-game ceremony; and small American flags
handed out to the first 500 fans. Former and active military personnel can
purchase their tickets for half-off.

MORE THAN JUST BASEBALL
With the 2011 summer season roster in its finalizing stages, Northern
Michigan fans will have to wait a little longer to meet their 2010
Frontier League East Division Champions.
But they can look forward to new events and amenities including the
Wuerfel Park Microbrew and Wine Festival, happening July 8 &9.
“A lot of people have been waiting for us to use Wuerfel Park for more
than just baseball,” said John Wuerfel, chief operating officer, in a
recent press release.
The event will feature microbrews and wines from across the
state—including Bell’s, Shorts, Keweenaw and Dark Horse Brewing companies
along with Black Star Farms, Chateau Chantal and Leelanau Wine
Cellars—with giveaways offered every 15 minutes for attendees.
New additions to the park include the Speed Pitch (a radar gun pitching
cage); additional concession items (including Jett’s Pizza); and the
Tennis Ball Toss, where fans attempt to win prizes by throwing a tennis
ball into hula hoops scattered throughout the infield.
Keeping it family friendly and fun is what makes the Traverse City Beach
Bums a part of Northern Michigan life and vacation.
“It feels like we’re a staple here, and not just in Traverse City, but for
the entire area,” says Broxterman. “We’re all about keeping it affordable
and fun, because that’s what Northern Michigan is all about.”

For more information on this weekend’s events, game schedule and other
promotional events, visit the Traverse City Beach Bums professional
baseball team online at
www.traversecitybeachbums.com.
 
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