Posted at: 04/09/2013 10:25 AM
Updated at: 04/09/2013 7:59 PM
Frontier Field will be hosting an exhibition baseball game this spring featuring ten major league all-stars. The players are part of the Pepsi Max Field of Dreams Contest won by a local man.
In September, a local man, Johnny Perotti who won the Pepsi Max Field of Dreams contest featuring ten baseball legends. On Tuesday, it was announced that Frontier Field would be hosting this all-star major league event.
Perotti and five family members will team up with American League all-stars Frank Thomas, Rickey Henderson, Reggie Jackson, Pedro Martinez and Wade Boggs.
They will play the National League all-stars featuring Johnny Bench, Fred McGriff, Mike Schmidt, Ozzie Smith and Trevor Hoffman on May 18. Tickets go on sale Saturday.
Frontier Field General Manager Dan Mason says he had to jump through hoops to get the game at Frontier since Perotti won the contest, it was supposed to be played within 100 miles of the Rochester area, but Pepsi didn't commit to a location until Tuesday. Last year, the game was played in Columbus.
Perotti says he's already practicing and nervous about meeting his childhood heroes.
Johnny Perotti, "Field of Dreams” winner said, “I think Frank Thomas will be cool to meet. I grew up watching him hit home runs. He'll be the biggest one. I think about it a lot. I don't know actually how I’ll go out there and play, it will be interesting.”
Dan Mason, Frontier Field General Manager, said, “Just from the phone calls, the interest was extremely high in Columbus. It drew 12,000. So we're going to show why we are Baseball Town USA and we hope to draw more people that that.”
Tickets are $20 and go on sale this Saturday. But for Red Wings season ticket holders, you can start buying on Thursday.
It is general admission and the gates open at 4:00 p.m. Game starts at 6:00p.m. Fans will have an opportunity to get plenty of autographs. Mason says Frontier Field has hosted some major events featuring up and coming players, major leaguers on rehab assignments, but never ten all-stars in one event.
- On sale Saturday, April 13 at 10 a.m. at the Frontier Field Ticket Office, by phone with credit card at 585-423-9464 and online beginning at 12 p.m. Saturday April 13
- Tickets can also be purchased at local Wegmans locations beginning Saturday, April 13 at 10 a.m.
- Red Wings season seat holders will have an advance opportunity to purchase tickets starting Thursday, April 11 at 9 a.m. by phone with credit card, or in person. Season seat holders can purchase the same number of advance tickets for the Field of Dreams Game, as their number of season seats
- Fans can get one free ticket to the Field of Dreams Legends Game by purchasing two 12-packs of Pepsi product at Rochester area Wegmans stores, beginning Saturday, April 13