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Ogden Raptors prepare to open their 25th season of baseball

Monday , June 04, 2018 - 5:30 AM

OGDEN — Professional baseball has re-established itself for a quarter century in the Junction City.

The Ogden Raptors are entering their 25th baseball season (22nd at Lindquist Field) and, for the first time, will do so as defending Pioneer League champions.

The club is calling this the Silver Season, team president Dave Baggott said. The California native who helped return pro baseball to Ogden in the mid-‘90s called the community support of the team “amazing” and said he’s proud to claim Ogden as home.

The Raptors have led the Pioneer League in attendance for 21 consecutive seasons.

> Raptors win 2017 Pioneer League Championship
> Lindquist Field reaches 20th Raptors season

Ogden’s home-opener is Tuesday, June 19. The organization will finish celebrations of the 2017 league championship that night by raising a banner and handing out a few more championship rings before the game. Two members of the inaugural 1994 team will throw out the first pitch and fireworks will follow the game.

Despite the first league championship, it’s “business as usual” at the downtown ballpark, Baggott says. “We’ll continue to do the things that give fans value and make Lindquist Field the place to be in the summer.”

Here are some things fans should know ahead of the 2018 season:

FANFEST RETURNS

For the second year, the Raptors will throw a season-opening FanFest at Lindquist Field.

The event is Thursday, June 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. The event will feature a player meet-and-greet and live music from Bass Mint Pros. Concession and souvenir stands will be open. Season ticket-holders eat free. The first 300 kids 10 and under will receive a free whiffle bat. About 500 people attended the first FanFest in 2017.

FANFEST DERBY

The home run derby portion of the FanFest also returns, with a slightly different format.

A limit of 25 participants can pay $25 to take 10 swings. A home run earns a pair of season tickets. Contestants must bring their own bats but helmets will be provided.

Participants must pre-register by calling 801-393-2400 and spots are first come, first served.

In 2017, 52 participants tried their hand with four batters hitting home runs to earn season tickets.

DAILY PROMOTIONS

Fans can find extra deals with the following promotions held every time the Raptors play at home on these days.

Monday: Mini Mondays give the first 500 fans a free mini bobblehead or figurine. This year’s bobbles will be of Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger, the mascot Oggie, a figurine replica of the 2017 championship ring, and a mystery bobblehead.

Tuesday: Buy a soda or beer, get a free hot dog.

Wednesday: First-arriving fans can get one of a limited supply of full-color Raptors posters.

Thursday: Thirsty Thursdays give fans half-priced fountain drinks or $2 domestic 12 oz beers.

Friday: Free-T Fridays give the first 300 fans a Raptors T-shirt and players will wear the team’s digital camo jerseys.

Saturday: Asking for the Date Night deal gives fans buy one, get one free tickets.

Sunday: Aloha Sundays have the Raptors wearing island-themed uniforms. Fans can wear Hawaiian shirts.

FIREWORKS NIGHTS

Weather permitting, Baggott said fireworks will come after home games on the following dates: June 19, July 3, Aug. 4 and Aug. 31. 

SINGLE-GAME TICKETS

Tickets for individual games go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday, June 4. Season tickets are also available to purchase.

COUNTRY CONCERT

Country star Jake Owen is playing Lindquist Field on Sept. 22. Between June 4-14, while supplies last, Raptors fans who buy a full-price reserved ticket ($12) for the June 19 opening night game will receive a free ticket ($34 value) to Owen’s concert.

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