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Busy weekend for Storm: bomb threats and patriotic jerseys

Lake Elsinore Storm jersey

It was a busy weekend for the Lake Elsinore Storm (High Class A; California League): staff dealt with a bomb threat emptying The Diamond on Thursday and then unveiled a very unique uniform design.

The bomb threat during Thursday’s game forced the Storm front office to clear the ballpark; the game was scoreless in the seventh inning and then completed on Saturday. From the Daily Bulletin:

The Storm had been alerted by local police of such a threat, although a search of the ballpark by police did not turn up any suspicious devices.

In an attempt to clear out the ballpark without panic, general manager Chris Jones had his staff turn off a bank of lights. He went down to the field, explained the situation to umpires and both teams’ managers and had the Storm’s public address announcer tell fans the game had been postponed and to leave the ballpark immediately.

“It took about 15 minutes to empty it,” Jones said. “I think everybody knew once they got outside and saw all those police cars and a police helicopter circling that something (other than a power failure) was up.”

A sweep of the ballpark failed to find a bomb of any sort.

Then, yesterday, the team unveiled a unique 2013 Patriotic Jersey worn Memorial Day weekend and again on July 3. The jerseys will be raffled off for charity. According to Wilson Sporting Goods, it’s the first jersey of its kind, featuring the Declaration of Independence along with the American Flag.

Fans can win a Patriotic Jersey by purchasing a raffle ticket at a Storm game. Winners will be announced on July 3 and can come down to the field to receive their jersey off a players back. Participants do not have to be present to win. All proceeds benefit Pinch Hit for Kids, the Storm’s non-profit.

Image courtesy of the Lake Elsinore Storm.


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