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    For those who served, Jays' games are free

    By LEON M. TUCKER, Times Staff Writer
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published April 18, 2003

    DUNEDIN -- The Dunedin Blue Jays minor league baseball team is offering anyone who served in the military campaign in Iraq and their families complimentary admission to all home games during the 2003 regular season.

    "We're supportive of what the troops are doing there," said Bill Berger, sales and marketing manager for the Dunedin Blue Jays. "More than anything, we want to make sure we do something for the active military that would be appreciated -- we're appreciative of the fact that we can play baseball, and they are ensuring that."

    The Dunedin Blue Jays play a 70-game home schedule that began April 4 and will end Aug. 31 at the newly renovated Dunedin Stadium at Douglas Avenue and Beltrees Street.

    Berger said that members of all branches of the military and their families are eligible. However, valid identification indicating active duty must be presented, and tickets will be issued based on availability.

    "We're not trying to promote ourselves with this," Berger said. "This is the Blue Jays' small way to give back to the military for the work they're doing for everybody."

    The Blue Jays' next scheduled home game is Saturday against the Lakeland Tigers. Game time is 7 p.m. For the team schedule and other information, contact the Blue Jays at 733-9302 or on the Web at www.dunedinbluejays.com.

    -- Leon M. Tucker can be reached at 445-4167 or tucker@sptimes.com .

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