Chelan County celebrates M’s base-stealing great on June 29 at the AppleSox
WENATCHEE, WA – Say it with me now, “CRUUUUUUUUZ!” or JUUUUUUUICE!
Seattle baseball fans rocked the old Kingdome in the ‘80s with those chants whenever speedy second baseman Julio Cruz stepped to the plate. “Juice,” also known as “The Cruzer,” held the Mariners career record of 291 stolen bases for 25 years until Ichiro broke it in 2008.
Join the fun on June 29 as Chelan PUD celebrates Julio Cruz Day in Chelan County. Julio will throw-out the first pitch just before the 7:05 p.m. start of the AppleSox game vs. Port Angeles Lefties at Paul Thomas Sr. Field at Wenatchee Valley College.
At the game we’ll be talking with customers about a way to steal away for up to two nights of free camping at the PUD’s Beebe Bridge Park – and other great benefits offered by your customer-owned utility. Be sure to stop by our booth and enter the prize drawing.
Do you have your pass for free parking at PUD parks run by the state: Daroga, Lincoln Rock and Wenatchee Confluence state parks? You can apply online, and we’ll have applications at the ballpark.
Fans will have a chance to meet Julio and get an autograph from 6:30-6:50 p.m. at the park. The first 100 through the gate will receive a mini-baseball to commemorate the event.
Earlier in the day he will talk baseball with youth players from around the community and attend Wenatchee Rotary’s noon lunch at Red Lion Inn. Pregame he’ll be on the field with AppleSox players for drills.
City of Wenatchee council members and Mayor, as well as Chelan County commissioners have proclaimed June 29 as Julio Cruz Day in recognition of his accomplishments on the field and his continued devotion to baseball as a M’s broadcaster. Julio was inducted into the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame on September 2004.
(Submitted by Kimberlee Craig, Chelan County PUD)