If you decided to hang out at the Hanger on Thursday — that would be the home base for the Lancaster Jet-Hawks, your Single-A affiliate of the Houston Astros — you might be plucked from the crowed to have your arm tested.
To commemorate the 3,000,000th fan to attend a game at the facility since its inaugural season in 1996, the team said it will pick a fan that night against the Bakersfield Blaze to not just throw out the ceremonial first pitch, but also receive $300 to spend at the stadium, a ticket upgrade to the Club Section for that fan and his group, a suite to an upcoming game to accommodate a party of 25, a team-signed bat and ball, a half-inning on the radio with JetHawks broadcaster Jason Schwartz, a half-inning as the guest public address announcer, a replica 2012 Cal League championship ring and a personalized commemorative plaque honoring the milestone.
According to team accountants, the JetHawks are within 1,000 fans of reaching 3 million. Pray for a nice, calm, windless day.
Gates open at 6 p.m. Thursday for the 7 p.m. game. The traditional Thursday night promotion of $2 beers, $2 hot dogs, $2 nachos and $2 soda. For tickets go to the JetHawks’ official site.