Ripken to throw out first pitch tonight

Thursday, April 16, 2009 3:00 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 8:52 PM
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Some general admission tickets remain available for tonight's Augusta GreenJackets season opener that will feature appearances by baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. and Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt.

"We expect a good walk-up crowd," GreenJackets general manager Nick Brown said. "The gates open at 6, and the earlier you get there, the easier it's going to be to get parking."

Ripken, representing GreenJackets owner Ripken Baseball Group, is scheduled to throw out the first pitch at 7:05 p.m. and will also present Augusta mayor Deke Copenhaver with the 2008 South Atlantic League championship trophy as a gift to the city in an extended pregame ceremony.

Whisenhunt, a native of Augusta and former football star at Richmond Academy, is in town to speak to a gathering of Boy Scouts.

Before the evening's festivities begin, Ripken and Copenhaver will hold a joint news conference at Lake Olmstead Stadium, presumably to discuss developments in the possibility of a public-private venture to build a new baseball stadium in downtown Augusta. The news conference is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

The GreenJackets (2-4) will face the Savannah Sand Gnats (3-3) in a game scheduled to begin at 7:35 p.m.

Check augustachronicle.com for updates this evening.

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