Tucson Toros Baseball 2011 on hiatus- instead community events
The Tucson Toros baseball team will go on hiatus for the duration of the 2011 Golden Baseball League regular season.
The decision was made in anticipation of Triple-A baseball temporarily returning to Tucson.
“The Toros organization worked actively to help bring the Portland Beavers franchise, a Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, back to Tucson if only on a temporary basis,” said Toros owner Jay Zucker. Continue reading about the 2011 Toros community events.
GIVING THE GIFT OF FLIGHT
The Tucson Toros wrapped up their 2010 regular season by giving the gift of flight during a one of a kind promotion in which the team partnered with local non-profit organization Wright Flight to give away a Cessna 150 airplane to a lucky Toros fan. Mieko Ochoa tossed the most accurate throw that struck a façade of the plane positioned over homeplate during the Toros final game of the season on September 4th.
Mieko, a native of Japan, and her husband Don learned about the unique promotion earlier in the season on a Fireworks Friday when the couple was intrigued by the sight of an aircraft adoring the concourse at Hi Corbett Field amongst the concession stands and team shop.
The two registered at Guest Relations and later that night Mieko was chosen as a pre-qualifier, with a chance to win the plane and the opportunity to view the night’s fireworks spectacular from above in a guided plane similar to the one on display. Mieko did not suspect it at the time, but the night would prove to be the first step in her journey to become an aviator herself.
In preparation for the Pitch for a Plane contest, the couple would go to the baseball fields at Windmill Park where Mieko would stand on the mound and throw practice pitches to Don at homeplate. The scene was recreated with the addition of a few thousand supportive fans during Tucson’s final home game of the year. Mieko was one of nine pre-qualifiers who each had a chance to throw.
With the crowd cheering, the lefthanded thrower who considers the canon-armed Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners as her favorite Major Leaguer lofted an arching pitch that struck the airplane façade just to the left of the cutout opening for the cockpit. Despite the strong efforts of a few other contestants after her, Ochoa become the owner of her very own airplane when the contest ended with her pitch still standing as the most accurate.
“I was just so surprised and excited,” said Mieko Ochoa when asked to reflect on the moment of victory. “Even now, I still can’t believe that I won the plane!”
The prize also included flight lessons from Wright Flight instructors, which Mieko will begin in November.
Wright Flight was founded in 1986 in Tucson, AZ by Robin Stoddard with the goal of using the motivational power of aviation as a stimulus for students to set and achieve higher goals in their educational and personal development. Kids from the 4th through 12th grades who pledge to not use drugs, avoid gangs and improve their grades in school are treated with enrollment into one of the program’s fight education classes taught by volunteer pilots. The program has expanded to include Chapters in Phoenix, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Kansas, Missouri, Massachusetts and Florida with over 10,000 kids involved since its inception.
The Toros debut a new technology this season, with free Wi-Fi at all Tucson Toros baseball games.
The Toros have partnered with Simply Bits, a Tucson-based provider of network communications to present Hi Corbett Field as Tucson's newest "Hot Spot" this summer for free wireless internet.
"We wanted to show our support for the Community, local sports fans and baseball in Tucson by making the public Internet more accessible," said Bradely Feder, managing member of Simply Bits. "It's really a great benefit for fans who need connectivity for devices like their laptops or iPhones while enjoying the game."
To connect to the free wifi at the stadium, simply link to the network from your Wi-Fi connection and log in.
Streaming video of the Toros game
"Can't make the game? No worries," said Jay S. Zucker, owner of the Tucson Toros, "watch the games on the Internet."
The Toros have partnered with Westend Studios to produce the games so fans can view them live from any Internet mobile device, the audio is a simulcast of the radio broadcast by Toros Play-By-Play announcer, Katfish Kelly.
The game streams live on the internet, broadcast live on Toros Flagship radio station and most stations throughout the states and Canada that host teams represented in this event. Tucson Toros will be streaming live home games this season on their web site www.tucsontoros.com.
Tucson Toros upcoming highlights
Saturday night, May 16, 2010 the Toros hosts Arizona Diamondbacks minor league team in an exhibition game at Hi Corbett Field. Gates open at 6:00pm and game time is 7:00pm.
Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup officiated a proclamation designating Wednesday, May 12, 2010 as "Minor League Spring Training for Tucson" during a press conference at Hi Corbett Field.
Toros new 2010 coaching staff; plane give-a-way
The GBL Southern Division Champion Tucson Toros announced the return of Manager Tim Johnson and introduced Jason Jacome as Pitching Coach and Stan Cliburn as the team’s Hitting Coach. Read more about the 2010 Toros team.
The Tucson Toros also revealed one of the most unique giveaways in sports, where one lucky fan will win a Cessna 150 airplane, complete with flying lessons!
Fans 18 and older will be able to register during Toros home games (no purchase necessary) to pre-qualify for the plane giveaway. Every Fireworks Friday a fan’s name will be selected to Fly over the stadium and view the Fireworks from the air! During the last Toros game of the regular season, each winner will be invited back out to Pitch for the Plane with the most accurate pitch winning the Cessna 150.
Toros Health & Fitness Festival take places at El Con Mall on Saturday, January 8, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday January 9th from noon to 6 p.m. The event is free to the public and great way for the Southern Arizona community to kickstart a healthy 2011. Continue reading about the 2011 Toros community events.
Josh Womack does a few bat tricks before a Long Beach Aramada game. Catch his bat trick during the Toros games and other special presentations.
The 2010 Tucson Toros Season
The 2010 schedule of the defending South Division Champion Tucson Toros has been finalized for the team’s second season of play in the Golden Baseball League (GBL), beginning with Opening Night at Hi Corbett Field on May 19th against the Edmonton Capitals.
The 2010 GBL season features 10 teams playing 90 games each, expanded from last year’s 9 team 84 game schedule, comprising the largest slate of competition since the league's inception.
The GBL plays a split-season with 45 home and away games for each team, which is the longest season in league history, will all Toros home games taking place at 7:00 p.m. The regular season opens on May 19th and conclude on September 6th, followed by a five-game Division playoff pitting the first and second half champs of each Division with the winners advancing to a five-game GBL Championship Series. Get the 2010 Tucson Toros Baseball Schedule
Tucson Hosted 2010 All-Star Game!
The Tucson Toros hosted the 2010 All-Star Game between the Golden Baseball League and the Northern League of Professional Baseball at Hi-Corbett Field on Wednesday, July 14, 2010.
The announcement was made at the January 2010 Baseball Winter Meetings in Indianapolis, IN, beginning an All-Star rivalry featuring the most talented players from two of the premiere leagues in independent baseball.
"This is a unique opportunity for Tucson to showcase our Community to baseball fans throughout the US and Canada,” stated Toros Owner Jay S. Zucker. “The Tucson Toros are proud to bring this high visibility event to Southern Arizona." COntinue reading about the 2010 All-StarGame.
New Toros Clubhouse Fitness Open to the Public- work out with the Toros
Tucson Toros Professional Baseball Organization has expanded their fitness facilities and invites all of Tucson to workout with the Toros. Toros Fitness is an upscale fitness club catering to men and women with a desire for self improvement. Toros Fitness is centrally located in Tucson at 2919 East Broadway on the Garden Level and hosts an unique atrium environment with state of the art fitness equipment. Read more about the new Toros Clubhouse Fitness.
Toros Fitness is an upscale fitness club catering to men and women with a desire for self improvement. Toros Fitness is centrally located in Tucson at 2919 East Broadway on the Garden Level. Read more about the new Toros Clubhouse Fitness.
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