1977 Alumni Whitt/Ashby to throw out first pitch
TORONTO, April 7 /CNW/ - The TORONTO BLUE JAYS and GENERAL MOTORS OF
CANADA are proud to announce one lucky fan will drive away in a brand new car
as part of the festivities of GENERAL MOTORS OPENING NIGHT presented by THE
TORONTO STAR & THE FAN 590. To open the evening, "Canada's Hardest Working
Band" THE TREWS will perform the anthems and 1977 alumni ERNIE WHITT and ALAN
ASHBY will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to facing the visiting
Kansas City Royals on MONDAY, APRIL 9TH to begin the 2007 season.
GENERAL MOTORS OF CANADA will give one fan their choice of either a 2007
PONTIAC G5 or 2007 CHEVROLET COBALT. Two qualified semifinalists will be
selected from in-stadium balloting conducted in the first four innings and
announced after the 6th inning. The Grand Prize draw will take place during
the eighth inning.
Full contest rules are available by calling 1 800-GM-DRIVE or by visiting
www.bluejays.com. Rules and regulations will also be included on the backs of
all ballots and will be posted around ROGERS CENTRE on game night. GENERAL
MOTORS representatives will also be located at each of the GM vehicle displays
on the 100 level (Sections 109, 127 & 134).
GENERAL MOTORS OF CANADA has been a corporate partner and the official
automotive sponsor of the TORONTO BLUE JAYS BASEBALL CLUB since April 2003.
This is the fourth consecutive season GM has stood as the title sponsor for
the Club's home opener.
THE TREWS, have earned their hard working reputation by performing in
excess of 200 shows per year. This high energy group from Halifax, now living
in Toronto has two Gold albums and two No.1 singles to their credit. They have
shared the stage with likes of Guns 'N Roses, Robert Plant and Nickelback and
have previously opened for the Rolling Stones in Toronto. GIBSON GUITAR CANADA
LTD. is proud to have assisted the Toronto Blue Jays with The Trews anthem
performance, as part of their ongoing support of their artists.
ERNIE WHITT and ALAN ASHBY, two of the members from the inaugural 1977
Blue Jays will toss the ceremonial first pitch. Whitt, the current Bench
Coach, spent 12 of his 15 big league seasons in a Blue Jay uniform,
highlighted by eight consecutive 10+ home run seasons and a 3-HR game Sept 14,
1987 vs. BAL. Ashby is in his first season as a member of the Blue Jays
broadcast crew. He spent two seasons as a Blue Jay (1977 & 78) as part of a
17-year career, highlighted by catching three no-hitters.
For further information:
For further information: please contact: Toronto Blue Jays
Communications Department, (416) 341-1303