Lake Elisnore Storm drops their season opener tonight but before the game Jake Peavy had his # retired, and the players wore #22 in honor of him.
Lake Elsinore, CA, March 26, 2008 – The Lake Elsinore Storm will have a special guest on Opening Night, April 3, as Jake Peavy will be honored with the retiring of his number at The Diamond. The 2007 National League
Cy Young Award Winner will be on hand for the pre-game ceremony starting at 6:30pm as the Storm celebrate their 15th season in Lake Elsinore. After the
unveiling of his number 22 in center field, Jake will kickoff 2008 by throwing out the season’s first pitch. The entire Storm team will pay tribute to the hard-throwing right-hander by wearing number 22 Peavy jerseys. Gates open at 6:00pm with the first pitch slated for 7:08pm. When the Storm became a Padres affiliate in 2001, Jake was the first San Diego prospect to take the mound at The Diamond. He made 19 starts for Lake Elsinore going 7-5 with a 3.08 ERA before a promotion to Double-A Mobile. Along with Oliver Perez and Xavier Nady, Peavy led the Storm to the 2001 California League Championship on their way to being named Baseball America’s Minor League Team of the Year. “Jake has been an integral part of Storm history and played a major role in the team being named Baseball America’s Minor League Team of the Year. We are happy for his success at the Major League level and are honored to have his number immortalized in center field symbolizing his importance to our team history. As good a baseball player as Jake is, he’s an even better person. This will be a great day for Storm baseball,” said team President Dave Oster.
Opening Night also marks the season’s first Thirsty Thursday, meaning $1 draught beers and sodas all night long, as the Storm commence another season of affordable family fun at The Diamond. Tickets start at just $8 in addition to military discounts and weekly promotions.
Sure seems to me that the Elsinore PR staff and Marketing Department are right on ball. This was a nice story to see and read.
Play Ball !!