Blue Jay duo will head­line 2019 Field of Dreams fundraiser

The Southwest Booster - - FRONT PAGE - SUB­MIT­TED

The Swift Cur­rent 57’s Base­ball Club would like to an­nounce that this year’s Field of Dreams Din­ner, pre­sented by In­no­va­tion Credit Union, is set to take place Satur­day, May 11, at the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion in Swift Cur­rent.

The Com­mit­tee is ex­cited to an­nounce that this the event will fea­ture a cou­ple of for­mer Toronto Blue Jays, JP Aren­cibia and Ricky Romero

Aren­cibia was a fan fa­vorite in Toronto from 2010-2013 as the Blue Jays start­ing catcher. He was drafted in the 1st Round by the Blue Jays in 2007 with the 21st pick. He ex­celled in the mi­nor league sys­tem for the Blue Jays for three years, col­lect­ing the Triple A Pa­cific Coast League MVP Award in 2010. Aren­cibia had one of the most mem­o­rable Ma­jor League de­but’s in the his­tory of base­ball when he went 4-5 in­clud­ing two home runs in his first ever game in the Ma­jors. In 2013 he was named as a catcher for team USA at the World Base­ball Clas­sic. He spent 2014 and 2015 with the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays be­fore re­tir­ing.

Join­ing Aren­cibia at this year’s event will be Ricky Romero. Af­ter a stand­out ca­reer at Cal State Fullerton where he won the 2004 Col­lege World Se­ries, Romero was drafted 6th over­all by the Toronto Blue Jays and was the first pitcher drafted in the 2005 MLB Draft. In 2009 Romero made the Blue Jays ro­ta­tion out of Spring Train­ing and was a Rookie of the year can­di­date and slot­ted him­self in the #2 spot in the ro­ta­tion be­hind Roy Hal­la­day. He had an­other great sea­son in 2010 and was re­warded with a five-year ex­ten­sion by the Blue Jays. 2011 was a spe­cial sea­son for Romero cul­mi­nat­ing in a se­lec­tion to the MLB All-star Game that sum­mer. Romero com­piled over 50 wins in his Blue Jays ca­reer from 2009-2013 and of­fi­cially re­tired from base­ball in Jan­uary 2019.

The evening will be­gin with cock­tails at 5:30 p.m. fol­lowed by din­ner at 7 p.m. There will also be live and silent auc­tions at the end of the evening. Tick­ets are $80 for sin­gle seats or $600 for a cor­po­rate ta­ble of eight. If you are in­ter­ested in pur­chas­ing tick­ets or a ta­ble, please con­tact Brad Woods at 772-0471 or by email at [email protected]­

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