Hall of Fame second baseman Roberto Alomar, a key cog as the Toronto Blue Jays won back-to-back World Series titles in 1992 and 1993, will throw the ceremonial first pitch Thursday at Coca-Cola Field prior to the Buffalo Bisons home opener, the team announced today.
The game against the Rochester Red Wings is slated to start at 2:05 with the gates opening at 1 and all fans receiving a Bisons magnetic schedule. The team is encouraging fans to be in their seats by 1:30 for the start of pregame ceremonies for their 29th home opener downtown. It will come on the anniversary of the first one, the iconic 1-0 win over Denver on April 14, 1988.
Alomar was a 12-time All-Star and won 10 Gold Gloves, more than any second baseman in history. He played for seven teams, with his longest stint coming in his 703 games in Toronto from 1991-1995. His number (12) is the only one in Blue Jays history that has been retired and he was inducted into the Hall in 2011, his second year of eligibility. He currently works for the Blue Jays as an ambassador.
Tickets for the home opener are $15, $14 and $12 at the gate but can be purchased at a $2 discount prior to Thursday at Bisons.com or the ballpark ticket office.
The Bisons split their season-opening four-game series in Pawtucket, capped by Sunday's 9-1 victory. They are scheduled to play the opener of a three-game set tonight in Syracuse, weather permitting.
The game is slated to be the Chiefs' home opener after their entire first series against Lehigh Valley was wiped out by snow at NBT Bank Stadium; two of the games were made up at the IronPigs' home in Allentown, Pa., with no fans in the stands because of last-minute construction in the park.