Huntsville Stars Asking Fans to Break "First-Pitch" Record

(HUNTSVILLE) - Huntsville Stars fans will get the chance to participate in a world-record event, Saturday August 23, when the Huntsville Stars open their last homestand of the season.

Fans are being asked to break the ceremonial first-pitch record of 8.304 participants, currently held by general manager Buck Rogers' old club, the Brevard County Manatees.

Normally the Stars open the gates at Joe Davis Stadium an hour before the start of a game, but for Saturday's world record attempt, the Stars will open the gates at one minute past midnight. That will give fans over 19 hours to break the record.

"Every year on Opening Day, we all sit at home and watch the president throw out the first pitch," Stars' GM Buck Rogers explained. "Then we spend the rest of the season watching dignitaries, celebrities, and VIPs bounce pitches up to the plate. What makes them so special?" "They're not any more special than our fans, and on Saturday we're going to let every fan, everybody in the Tennessee Valley throw out a pitch."

After 3:00 pm Saturday, fans will need a ticket to the game to enter the stadium and participate in the world record attempt. Those fans will receive a "World Record First Pitch Participant" baseball, presented by Cabinet NG.

The Stars will later play the 1st-place Carolina Mudcats, the Double-A affiliate of the Florida Marlins, in the opening game of the Stars' last homestand of the year.