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Mayor Mufi Hannemann announced that the City and County of Honolulu will co-sponsor a Sunset at the Ballpark event, “Catch the Dream, Waipahu” this coming Saturday and Sunday at Hans L’Orange Field during the Opening Day weekend of the 2007 Hawaii Winter Baseball season.

“We want to make Opening Day weekend a fun and festive time for families and all island baseball fans,” Hannemann said.  “Hawaii Winter Baseball is acknowledged as one of baseball’s premiere off-season leagues, and we want fans to come out and enjoy the games in a fun and exciting setting.”   

Hannemann said there’ll be food booths and entertainment provided by local bands as well as the Royal Hawaiian Band.  There will also be a special Market Place and Keiki Center.

Mayor Hannemann will throw out the first pitch of the first game at 12 noon on Saturday.

“Baseball has a rich tradition in Hawaii,” Hannemann said.  “I want to thank Duane Kurisu for helping to keep that tradition alive through Hawaii Winter Baseball.  Through public-private partnerships, we have made improvements to the venerable Hans L’Orange Field, including newly installed field lighting, air-conditioned portable bathrooms and new ticket-scanning devices and a new skybox.  If you haven’t been to Hans L’Orange lately, you owe it to yourself to see a great field and some talented young ball players.”

Last year, players such as New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain and Kolby Clemens, son of Roger Clemens, played Hawaii Winter Baseball.  In all, nearly 140 HWB players have gone on to play in the major leagues, including Ichiro Suzuki, Aaron Boone, and Jason Giambi.

Two HWB games will be played on each of the days of the Opening Weekend.  Honu will take on CaneFires in game one of the doubleheaders at 12 noon on both Saturday and Sunday.  Sharks will face BeachBoys in the nightcap at 6:00 pm.  Players will be available to sign autographs. 

Admission to the “Catch the Dream” festivities is free.  Ticket prices for the games range from $3 to $6.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

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