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Batter up: The Jumbo Shrimp are back!

By Richie Evans

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp are in for an exciting new season, as team owner Ken Babby told attendees at a recent press conference. There will be plenty of theme nights, including Sunday Family FUNdays, Taco Tuesdays, Thirsty Thursdays and Red Shirt Fridays, as well as military appreciation games, Bark in the Park Days and a record 21 games with fireworks.

And then there are the shrimply kooky promotions, like …

The Jumbo Shrimp are proud to welcome the original internet meme, “Ermahgerd Girl” (aka Maggie Goldenberger). Come out to the ballpark tonight to see her throw out a first pitch and then take pictures and meet and greet fans.

Everyone Gets Lucky on Fathers Day: June 17
Join the Jumbo this Fathers Day they hand out 4,000 fortune cookies during the fourth inning and attempt to break the world record for the most fortune cookies eaten at one time.

Halloween in July: July 1
Come in costume and enjoy a pregame candy drop in center field from a helicopter.

Words With Fans: July 15
The Shrimp celebrate the 70th birthday of Scrabble by playing in specialty game-board jerseys and hats that will be auctioned off during the game. Will Anderson, the reigning 2017 North American Scrabble Champion will also throw out a first pitch and attempt to break the world record for most simultaneous games played.

And quite possibly, the strangest promo of all: Folding Table Appreciation Night on May 11.

From the teams’s website: “After being traumatized by Buffalo Bills fans, we will show our gratitude for Jacksonville area folding tables that provide quality surfaces to work, party and eat on during Folding Table Appreciation Night. Activities for the night include but are not limited to: folding table grand prizes, between inning games involving folding tables, local businesses set up on folding tables and for the first time ever, an exclusive interview with a folding table that survived a Bills fan jumping on it during the Jags 10-3 victory over the Bills.”

Giveaways throughout the season include Shrimp beach towels, socks, baseball bat-shaped coolers and Ronnie Van Zant bobbleheads.

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