Grizzlies rained out, will play twinbill

News-DemocratMay 27, 2014 

— The Gateway Grizzlies and Schaumburg Boomers series opener Tuesday night was postponed due to rain.

Gateway and Schaumburg will play a doubleheader Wednesday with game one beginning at 11 a.m. Rams to play softball at GSC

St. Louis Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher will host his annual "Coach Fisher & Friends" Celebrity Softball Game on Sunday, June 8, 2014 at GCS Ballpark in Sauget, Illinois. The event, which will be the third annual in the St. Louis region, will feature a celebrity home run derby, softball game and post-game fireworks show. Proceeds from the event will benefit five charities: The BackStopppers, The Jack and J.T. Snow Scientific Research Foundation, Mercy Ministries, Wounded Warrior Project and Catch-A-Dream Foundation.

"The softball game is a great way for our players to come together for a night of fun while benefiting charity," said Fisher. "GCS Ballpark provides an intimate setting for fans to get an up-close look at some of their favorite players and see their personalities away from the football field. Everyone in attendance has a blast from the players to the fans. "

Rams players scheduled to attend include: Tavon Austin, Kenny Britt, Michael Brockers, Jared Cook, Aaron Donald, Johnny Hekker, Janoris Jenkins, James Laurinaitis, T.J. McDonald, T.J. Moe, Alec Ogletree, Isaiah Pead, Austin Pettis, Robert Quinn, Chase Reynolds, Greg Robinson, Rodger Saffold, Eugene Sims, Zac Stacy and Greg Zuerlein.

Tess Boyer, a former St. Louis Rams Cheerleader and top ten finalist on this season's The Voice, will sing the national anthem.

The festivities will kick off with a homerun derby at 5:45 p.m. followed by the celebrity softball game at 7 p.m. A fireworks finale will conclude the event around 9 p.m.

General admission tickets are available for $10 and reserved field seats are available for $25. All tickets may be purchased through the Gateway Grizzlies ticket office at

Sponsorships are available by calling 314-781-5233. Sponsors will be invited to a special VIP reception hosted by coach Fisher on June 4.

Looking ahead

After the road trip to Schaumburg, Gateway returns home Friday to the friendly confines of GCS Ballpark to kick off a six-game homestand.

Some promotions during this upcoming homestand: Friday is a "Bark in the Ballpark Night." Sunday is a "Jersey Off The Back Night." Tuesday and Thursday against Rockford are a pair of MVP program nights.

Ballpark additions

The brand new video board should be up and operational by Friday night's game. Grizzlies officials hope its going to add a great new element to the game day experience.

There is also work being done on the press box. The club will have new glass windows installed to the press box by week's end.

Quote of the week

Gateway rookie first basemen Ben Waldrip was asked after Monday's win: Why has this Grizzlies team off to such a hot start?

"First thing is the chemistry. Since Phil (Warren) finalized the roster, the group of guys we have just clicked," Waldrip said. "When one guy isn't going good, the next guy picks him up. We have a great group of guys, a great coaching staff, so hopefully we can keep things rolling."

Ticket information

For information about tickets for any upcoming Grizzlies game, call 618-337-3000.

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