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Ballpark Notes for March 9, 2009

More teams offer "economic stimulus" plans as 2009 promotions, while Jason Lamar is the new voice of the River City Rascals.More teams offer "economic stimulus" plans as 2009 promotions, while Jason Lamar is the new voice of the River City Rascals.

In Iowa, the Quad Cities River Bandits (Class A; Midwest League) are implementing their own economic stimulus package to ensure fans can attend baseball games at Modern Woodmen Park without emptying their pockets. Kids will eat for free at every Tuesday home game over the course of the 2009 season, a promotion that has been added to a night that already features 2-for-1 tickets.

Anybody age 12 or under that enters Modern Woodmen Park for a Tuesday home game will be given a voucher good for a free hot dog, soda and bag of chips. This offer is coupled with the availability of 2-for-1 tickets on Tuesdays, a popular promotion introduced prior to the 2008 season.

In addition, the River Bandits announced that everyone, regardless of age or income, will be given a free bleacher ticket on their birthday. Upgrades to box seats can be purchased for as little as $1.

“We are proud to offer our fans a high level and wide variety of entertainment for extremely low prices,” said team owner Dave Heller. “It can be very difficult for parents to find a healthy outlet for family entertainment without breaking the bank. Modern Woodmen Park offers that combination, and we decided to reach out even further by helping parents feed their kids for free -– regardless of how big their family might be. We also want to make sure everyone can celebrate their birthday Bandit-style, with lots of fun and great entertainment.”

In Missouri, the River City Rascals (independent; Frontier League) announced the addition of Jason Lamar to the organization as the new Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations. Lamar will serve as the team’s lead play-by-play announcer for all 96 regular season games in 2009.

Lamar joins the Rascals after spending the previous 18 months at ESPN Radio 1380 in the Rockford, Ill. area. Serving as the Sports Director his final six months, Lamar’s duties included co-hosting a daily talk show, performing sportscenter updates, and various play-by-play for the station. Lamar was also the lead announcer for the Beloit Snappers (Low Class A; Midwest League).

“I’m extremely excited for this opportunity and can’t wait for the season to get started,” Lamar said. “The Rascals have been nothing but professional during the whole process and I’m looking forward to a great summer not only with the organization, but also with the fans.”

A Lebanon, Illinois native, Lamar graduated from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast communication and marketing. In addition to earning several awards during college, Lamar spent two summers with the DuPage Dragons (summer collegiate; Central Illinois Collegiate League) as a broadcaster.