PRESS RELEASE – The Tucson Padres, Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau and Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment are bringing the Vamos a Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta back to Tucson on October 4-7 at Kino Stadium.
Tickets are now available by visiting the Kino Stadium Box office, calling (520) 434-1367 or by logging onto www.tucsonpadres.com. “We are excited to host the second Vamos a Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta,” said Mike Feder, Tucson Padres Vice President and General Manager. “We learned last year what a great level of play this is. We expect this year’s event to be bigger and better.”
The tournament has expanded this year to include teams from the states of Sonora and Sinaloa. The two returning teams are the Naranjeros de Hermosillo and Yaquis de Ciudad Obregon. New this year are the Venados de Mazatlan and Tomateros de Culiacan. The tournament also includes the San Diego Padres Future Stars and Los Angeles Dodgers Future Stars, with both the Padres and Dodgers sending young minor league prospects to Tucson for the event.
“This tournament, named after the MTCVB ‘Vamos a Tucson’ program, is the result of great vision to look into niche opportunities to market to our communities,” said Brent DeRaad, MTCVB President and CEO. “We have invested in two visitor centers in Hermosillo and Obregon, we are excited to see the professional teams from both cities come to Tucson.”
Last year, the three-day baseball fiesta drew more than 11,000 fans from both sides of the border.
“An event of this caliber has the potential to bring thousands of visitors to our community,” said Felipe Garcia, MTCVB Vice President of Community Affairs and Mexico Marketing. “Winter baseball is huge in Latin America, and through this tournament, Tucson will continue to be a part of it.”
Naranjeros de Hermosillo
The team based in the Capital of Sonora has a great following and strong attendance. Naranjeros de Hermosillo is one of the most successful teams in the Mexican Pacific League, having won 15 league titles and one Caribbean Series title. They became the first Mexican team to win the Caribbean Series in 1976. Former Hermosillo players include Curt Schilling, Larry Walker, Fernando Valenzuela, Erubiel Durazo and Vinny Castilla.
Yaquis de Ciudad Obregon
The team from Obregon has won back-to-back Mexican Pacific League Championships, giving the team six titles in club history. They also won the Caribbean Series in 2011. Games between the Naranjeros and Yaquis are considered some of the best matchups in the league, due to the long rivalry between both teams. Former Obregon players include Joakim Soria, Luis Ayala and Everth Cabrera.
Venados de Mazatlan
Venados last won the Mexican Pacific League Championship in 2009, but they are most remembered for their title in 2005 behind a loaded lineup that included Miguel Ojeda, Elmer Dessens, Luis Ayala, Vinny Castilla, Erubiel Durazo and Jonny Gomes. That 2005 squad also won the Caribbean Series. Venados de Mazatlan has won nine total Mexican Pacific League Chamionships.
Tomateros de Culiacan
The Tomateros are one of the most popular teams in the Mexican Pacific League. They have won nine Mexican Pacific League Championships, most recently in 2004. In that same year they went on to win the Caribbean Series with a lineup that featured several Major League Baseball players such as Rodrigo Lopez, Oliver Perez, Luis Ayala, Jose Silva and Benji Gil.
San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers
The Padres and Dodgers are excited to send young prospects to Kino Stadium for the Vamos a Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta. The San Diego Padres Future Stars and Los Angeles Dodgers Future Stars rosters are comprised of top minor leaguers participating in the clubs’ fall instructional league.
2012 Vamos a Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta Schedule
Thursday, October 4 – Start Time 4:00 pm
· Game 1 – Culiacan vs. San Diego Padres Future Stars
· Game 2 – Obregon vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Future Stars
Friday, October 5 – Start Time 4:00 pm
· Game 1 – Mazatlan vs. Obregon
· Game 2 – Culiacan vs. Hermosillo
Saturday, October 6 – Start Time 4:00 pm
· Game 1 – Mazatlan vs. Culiacan
· Game 2 – Hermosillo vs. Obregon
Sunday, October 7 – Start Time 1:00 pm
· Game 1 – San Diego Padres Future Stars vs. Mazatlan
· Game 2 – Los Angeles Dodgers Future Stars vs. Hermosillo