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Thursday, 20 September 2012 07:06

Former Crawdads RHP Wilmer Font makes his Rangers debut!
Former Crawdads RHP Wilmer Font is the latest Hickory alumn to make the big leagues, debuting for the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.  In his first Major League action, Font  tossed one

scoreless inning of relief against the rival Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, walking one batter but not allowing a hit.
The native of La Guiara, Venezuela suited up for the 'Dads in the 2009 and 2010 seasons.  He spent the entire '09 campaign in Hickory, going 8-3 with a 3.49 ERA in 29 outings and 24 starts.  In 108.1 total frames that year, Font racked up 105 strikeouts, while only allowing 59 walks and 93 hits.  Font started the 2010 season with the Crawdads, going 4-1 with a 5.16 ERA through seven starts before being promoted to the Bakersfield Blaze, the former High-A affiliate of the Rangers, on May 16, 2010.  Click here to view his player page.
Font becomes the 113th former Crawdad to make the Major Leagues.  He is also already the ninth former Crawdad that has played in Hickory under the Rangers affiliation (2009 - present) to debut in the big leagues, joining former Crawdads RHP Justin Grimm (2011), LHP Martin Perez (2009), SS Jurickson Profar (2011) and LHP Robbie Ross (2010) on the Rangers current active roster.


FREE Flag Retirement Ceremony at L.P. Frans Stadium this Saturday!
In honor of all American veterans and their families, the Hickory Crawdads are hosting a United States Flag Retirement Ceremony at L.P. Frans Stadium this Saturday at 7 p.m.  The event is organized by the Sandy Ridge American Legion Post 544, the Boy Scouts of America Crew & Troop 284 and the Order of the Arrow.
Participants include the U.S. Marine Corps League - Catawba Valley Detachment #1163, V.F.W. Post 1957, D.A.V. Chapter 34, the Patriot Guard Riders, the Christian Riders, several high school J.R.O.T.C. units and fallen hero families.
Gates open at 6 p.m., admission is free and there will be concessions items available.  Join us for a night of patriotic FUN at L.P. Frans!  For more information, visit or call the Front Office at (828) 322-3000.
Only four Game-Worn and four Brand-New 20th Anniversary Jerseys left!
Don't miss your last chance to secure your piece of Crawdads history and get one of the last eight available 20th Anniversary Jerseys - four worn by Crawdads in 2012 and four that are brand-new!  It gets even better!  For a limited time only, the 'Dads are offering a 20th Anniversary Package, including your choice of the remaining Game-Worn or Brand-New 20th Anniversary Jerseys AND a 20th Anniversary Adjustable Hat for just $80!  This discounted package deal is only available through Fri., Sept. 28, so order yours right now!
Here is a list of the available jerseys -


Game-Worn 20th Anniversary Jerseys
#17 Jersey - Worn by Infield Coach Humberto Miranda
#22 Jersey - Worn by RHP Santo Perez
#31 Jersey - Worn by All-Star RHP Phil Klein (left)
#37 Jersey - Worn by RHP Jose Monegro and RHP Chance Sossamon


Brand-New 20th Anniversary Jerseys
#13 Jersey
#14 Jersey
#36 Jersey
#40 Jersey


To order your 20th Anniversary Jersey and Hat right now, call the Front Office at (828) 322-3000!


Relive all the FUN from the 20th Anniversary Season!
Check out these great photos from the 20th Anniversary Season, divided into three photo galleries!  Click the following links to relive all the FUN - Photo Gallery #1, Photo Gallery #2, Photo Gallery #3.
Get Ready for the 2013 Season Now!
It is never too early to start planning for all the FUN next season, and the 'Dads have season tickets, ticket books, group outings, Claw Club memberships, corporate partnerships and more available right now for the 2013 campaign! 2013 Opening Night is set for Thursday, April 4 vs. the Greensboro Grasshoppers, and the full 2013 Early Bird Schedule is available by clicking here.  Be sure to keep an eye on,the Crawdads Facebook Fan Page, and the 'Dads Twitter Page for all of the upcoming events throughout the rest of 2012 and the start of 2013! 

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