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Longtime fans, Dickie V get honors

Posted Oct 9, 2008 by Marc Lancaster

Updated Oct 9, 2008 at 02:48 PM

The Rays announced 11 original season-ticket holders will throw out ceremonial first pitches before Friday’s Game 1 of the ALCS, with another original but slightly more famous season-ticket holder—Dick Vitale—doing the same Saturday before Game 2.

The fans who will get the opener going are: Jack Critchfield of Clearwater, Bette Ra Ivey of Largo, David Parry of Brandon, Dr. Pedro Morales of St. Pete, Mark Donohue of St. Pete, Gene Oliver of St. Pete, Russ Cosser of Treasure Island, Beth Di Roma of Largo, Jeff Albrecht of Sarasota, Pedro Bajo of Tampa and John Shoppell of St. Pete Beach.

In making those first-pitch choices, the Rays stuck to the same formula they followed for the first round. Original employee John Higgins did the honors for the opener, representing those who had worked for the franchise since the beginning, and Bradenton resident Paul Azinger got the call for Game 2.

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Por (Mark) on October 09, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I think this is wonderful for the Rays organization to make this a priority. One way to win the fans over is to support the fans who support them. I’m not sure a team has ever used this idea, but its great!!Congrats to these loyal people!!

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