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Jumbo Shrimp Homestand Highlights: April 11-15

Baseball’s never been tartar!

(“Tartar,” as in “tartar sauce,” as in stuff you dip shrimp in … hey, I’m writing this at 6:12 in the morning, so cut me some slack).

The Jacksonville Shrimp home opener is Wednesday, April 11 and is followed by four games against the Mobile BayBears. But I don’t know the team’s current record or who’s pitching or who the coach is, for that matter, but I know the important stuff, mainly the game promotions. Here are the highlights as copied directly from the team’s press release because slacker.

Wednesday, April 11, 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 6 p.m.)

• Magnet schedule giveaway to first 5,000 fans
JJ Grey will sing the national anthem
• Naval Station Mayport will present the colors
• Jumbo Shrimp’s game-used home white jerseys will be auctioned online at  
• Post-game fireworks

Thursday, April 12, 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 6 p.m.)

• Ceremonial first pitch thrown by Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack
• Budweiser Thirsty Thursday ($1 12-oz. and $2 24-oz. beers)

Friday, April 13, 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 6 p.m.)

• Red Shirt Friday: Fans are encouraged to wear red to support the military and save $1 per ticket at the box office or donate the $1 to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. The Jumbo Shrimp are wearing red “Bold City” jerseys every Friday home game this season.
• Get a FREE general admission ticket at any participating NAPA Auto Parts Center (reserved seat upgrade available at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville box office) for the Friday night game.
• Friday Night Lites Miller Lite Happy Hour: Miller Lite $1 12-oz. beers and $1 off craft beer specials are available in the Craft Cave near the third-base gate from gates opening until 7:30 p.m. at every Friday home game.
• Post-game fireworks

Saturday, April 14, 6:35 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

• The first 2,000 fans receive a Jumbo Shrimp T-shirt, designed by fan Josh Reavis (who will also throw a ceremonial first pitch).

• Post-game fireworks


Sunday, April 15, 3:05 p.m. (Gates open at 2 p.m.)

• Ceremonial first pitch thrown by Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo
• Baptist Health Sunday Family FUNday includes on-field access before the game, a player autograph booth,  face painting, balloon animals and kids crafts activities with Minions characters roaming the ballpark.
• Following the game, kids 12 and younger can run the bases.

Season-long promotions include:

Tickets as low as $5
Military tickets for $5—reserved or general admission—for any game of the season for active duty or veteran
Hot dogs for $2

Tickets are available at, by calling (904) 358-2846, or by visiting the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville box office beginning 10 a.m. Saturday, noon on Sunday game days and 9 a.m. weekdays.

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