Nuts to Host 2011 All-Star Game, Unveil Logo

PRESS RELEASE – The Modesto Nuts unveiled the logo for the 2011 California League/Carolina League All-Star game on Tuesday. The All-Star game, dubbed the “All-Star Smash presented by Jackson Rancheria Casino and Hotel”, will take place on Tuesday, June 21, 2011. “We are very excited to host the All-Star Smash,” said Nuts Vice President and General Manager Mike Gorrasi. “We look forward to showing the baseball community the best Modesto has to offer while also providing a memorable experience for the entire Central Valley.”

The logo was created by Plan B. Branding, a leader in sports branding.

The logo pays homage to the annual Graffiti month held every June in Modesto in honor of the classic film American Graffiti by filmmaker and Modesto native George Lucas. The logo features the Nuts mascots, Al the Almond and Wally the Walnut, in a classic car reminiscent of the 1950s. In addition to the game on June 21st, the Nuts will host two days of All-Star festivities highlighting the sights, sounds and food of Modesto and the surrounding community. The All-Star Smash will be the first time Modesto has hosted the California League/Carolina League mid-summer’s classic. The Nuts were awarded the game in a vote by the California League’s general managers following the 2009 season.

Reserved tickets for the All-Star Smash are currently available by purchasing a Modesto Nuts mini-plan. Mini-plans begin at 8 regular season games, as well as the All-Star game, for just $82. Individual tickets to the All-Star Smash will go on sale in 2011.

The Modesto Nuts 2011 season begins on Thursday, April 7th when the Nuts host the rival Stockton Ports. Season ticket packages, which include a reserved seat to the All-Star Smash, are currently on-sale by calling the Modesto Nuts front office at (209) 572-HITS (4487).

PRESS RELEASE – The Modesto Nuts have been selected as the host of the annual California League/Carolina League All-Star Game in 2011. The All-Star classic presented by Jackson Rancheria Casino and Hotel will be held at John Thurman Field on Tuesday, June 21, 2011.
The game will feature the top players from the California League against the top players of the Carolina League. The event host alternates between leagues each year. The 2009 All-Star game was hosted by the Lake Elsinore Storm while the 2010 game will be hosted by the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

“We are excited to bring a showcase event to the Modesto community,” said Mike Gorrasi, team vice-president and general manager. “By hosting the All-Star game in 2011, we will have the opportunity to put the city of Modesto in the baseball spotlight while giving our fans the opportunity to see some of the best prospects in all of minor league baseball.”

The All-Star game will be the signature event of the two-day festivities which will include a welcome reception, Fan Fest, post-game parties and more.

Modesto was selected as the host city by a vote of the general managers in the California League. This will be the first time Modesto has hosted this event. The 2011 game will be the 15th contest between the two leagues. The Carolina League was won six of the thirteen contests with two ending in a tie.

Jackson Rancheria Casino and Hotel is no stranger to All-Star games. The Casino and hotel located in Jackson, CA has been a sponsor of past All-Star games in Stockton and Sacramento. “We are proud to partner with Jackson Rancheria Hotel and Casino,” said Gorrasi. “We will both ensure that the fans enjoy a great night of baseball and the players will cherish their All-Star experience in Modesto.”

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