It’s the Tomateros de Culiacan squaring off against the Naranjeros de Hermosillo tonight at 7 p.m., at Copper King Stadium in the Third Annual Mexican Baseball Fiesta.
Gates for the exhibition game open at 5:30 p.m. Tonight’s game will be the only game played in Douglas this year. It will also be the only time these two teams meet this preseason.
Event organizers have announced that all the boxed seats for the game are sold out and the only remaining seats available are non-assigned general admission for $12. Tickets are available at Cricket Wireless and City Hall as well as at the gate providing, they are not sold out.
Two of the keynote participants this year will be Benjamin “Benji” Gil and Vinny Castilla.
Gil made his Major League Baseball debut in 1993 with the Texas Rangers. He played with the Anaheim Angels who beat the San Francisco Giants in the 2002 World Series. He has played with the Tomateros de Culiacan of the Mexican Pacific League for 13-years before becoming the team manager. He has won two championships with the team, 2014-15 and 2017-18.
Castilla played in the major leagues from 1991-2006 playing with both the Atlanta Braves and the Colorado Rockies. He has been the manager of the Naranjeros de Hermosillo since 2008.
Luis Pedroza and Jennifer Smith have been busy organizing this year’s event. Pedroza stated Culiacan will spend Tuesday night at the Best Western before taking the field on Wednesday. Hermosillo has a game Tuesday night in Tucson and is expected to arrive prior to the start of their game in Douglas.
“We are expecting a good crowd,” Pedroza said. “I think we’ll probably sell out at the gate. We’d like the fans to get here early if you want to pick your seat.”
Pedroza added the Hermosillo mascot, Beto the coyote, will be making a return appearance to Douglas tonight as well.
Free shuttle service rides to and from the game are available to the game from the Douglas Port of Entry as well as the Douglas Visitors Center.
Those attending the game can expect to have any bags they bring into the stadium searched.
A wide variety of food and beverage vendors will also be on site this year.
Prior to the game, the Grijalva brothers, Jerry, Alan and Lorenzo will be recognized in addition to the current China Poblana’s and the Miss Douglas Days queens.
Sponsors for this year’s Fiesta are Cox Communications, APS, Cricket, Southwest Gas, and Ramirez Advisors.